Monday, July 02, 2007

Singing Your Truth and Speaking Your Truth

Ask the Ethicist has an interesting letter about work and religion:

I sing in a full-time, all-professional church choir. Like most of my colleagues, I am not of the same faith as the church. During services we sing sacred texts, but few of us recite the spoken prayers, feeling that doing so would go against our own beliefs. Recently the clergy mandated that we recite the prayers along with the congregation. Is that ethical? A.R., New York

The ethicist basically says that singing words and speaking words are the same and that the letter writer should think of herself as hired help like a medieval mourner-for-rent.

I'm pretty sure I don't agree though I'm having a hard time figuring out why. Any thoughts on this?