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The Cross: A Question of Freedom

Updated on January 4, 2018
Why protect freedom for the Christian Cross?
Why protect freedom for the Christian Cross? | Source

Do Americans Protect the Christian Cross?


A female Muslim applied with a North Texas medical clinic for employment as a doctor in Dallas. Her headscarf was an issue because hats were against their policy.

They were honest with her about the code yet she rebelled against their rules, demanded an apology and, as well, a change in the policy.

The bottom line here is that both of her demands have been met. A link to the article I refer to regarding this situation can be found below. As we watch other religions enjoy their religious freedoms one has to ask whether Americans are willing to protect freedom for the Christian Cross.


Thinking Through Issues Related to the Cross and Freedom in America


The first thing that came to mind after reading this piece of news was that in Muslim states, even in Muslim communities located in supposedly free countries, women are fighting for freedoms at the risk of their very lives.

Some have actually given their lives for trying to share the truth of what is going on in their families and communities, others killed for simply standing on their belief that change is needed in the daily lives of all their people groups.

Rebellion on any level is not tolerated in those states, especially from women, and that fact should cause us to wonder what the brave women who are standing against the oppression that their gender lives under in those communities must think of this doctor’s behavior.

Names like Rifqa Bary, Aqsa Parvez, Noor Almaleki made me wonder why this educated woman was compelled to take a stand like this in North Texas. In America she is free to found a medical clinic that would serve the restricted peoples of her religion. She could be inclusive, if her religion would allow it, by serving others who came to her for help.

She forces her choices on others, requiring others to accept her choices as part of their lives, as part of their business policies, as part of their medical care.

Her liberties in our Republic allow her to live as she chooses so I wonder why she is compelled to force others to abide by her personal choices. In America she is free to make her personal choices and share them with anyone and everyone, so we should question why is she forcing them on others.

It’s not that I think the people in my religion or my country never do wrong. We all know that there's one, and too often some, in every crowd who disrupt efforts to do right because they have their own agenda. Nor would I want to try to force this Muslim doctor to change her religion or her profession. She lives in America.

The problem is that in America, she forces her choices on others, requiring others to accept her choices as part of their lives, as part of their business policies, as part of their medical care. She could change her address and not be bothered with the tediousness of dealing with the rights of others--or could she? I have to wonder if she personally is really free to do so.

While the people of Texas can now choose to use this doctor’s services, they can also choose to use a different medical clinic, at least as long as we have our free health care system. However, I wonder if she would support the wishes of other employees to express their faith in that workplace.

How would she serve someone who came to her for help if they were wearing a cross? How would she would serve a woman who listens to music, or how she would treat a woman who does not wear a headscarf?

Think deeply about what freedom for the Christian Cross means for everyone.
Think deeply about what freedom for the Christian Cross means for everyone. | Source

She’s very beautiful, this doctor, and her headscarf adds to her exotic beauty. It’s true that, as she stated, her headscarf is not sports memorabilia but is a statement of her faith. In fact, the writings of the faith she adheres to clearly state that any who will not submit to that faith should be wiped out.

It also makes me wonder what will happen if other employees wear cross necklaces or Christian fish lapel pins, especially nurses who would be required to work with this doctor. Still, no matter how you look at it, it is a head covering; it is a hat, and it is a sad thing that the medical facility changed its policy.

As I was considering the different aspects of the hub, I wondered about those who supported this Muslim woman in forcing others to accommodate her religious beliefs. According to the article they used the Civil Rights Act (which, it just so happens, I have recently done a little review of--many interpretations are available) to scare the CareNow medical clinic into rolling over.

In considering that entire affair it occurred to me that other employees with CareNow, and throughout the U.S., may not know that there are organizations working to fight for their rights to wear a cross, carry a Bible, or share the gospel. I then wondered if these same organizations may one day be fighting for my right to not wear a headscarf.

Now that I think of it, I realize that this is exactly what they are doing for women everywhere. That free people should be even more willing to support them in their efforts made me wonder why we don't hear more about the opportunities to do so.

Her liberties in our Republic allow her to live as she chooses. Why she is compelled to force others to agree with her personal choices is a question with layers that need to be dissected.

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Well, anyway, all that wondering led me to write a HubPages article in which I could bring some attention to the work of those kinds of organizations. Here are a few major ones to get you started if you need help in defending your rights or if you want to support the rights of everyone rather than allowing a special few to rule:

www.ACLJ.org

www.christianlaw.org

www.alliancedefensefund.org

Hope these links are helpful to any American who wishes to respectfully express their faith in the workplace or community!

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    You make some good points. Thank you, both for stopping in and for adding your comments to the discussion. It's one of my older hubs so it gave me a chance to update it a bit, but I may come back to it again soon because the trend continues to evolve.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I like the way you approached this. We are indeed fortunate that we live in a country with many freedoms. At times I think that those freedoms are pushed to the limit with sometimes good and at other times effects that are poor. The freedom to sue for just about everything is often a cause in my opinion.

    That person who won an exorbitant amount of money from suing MacDonalds after she spilled hot coffee on herself comes to mind. Obviously it was an accident. MacDonalds capitulated because it would probably have cost them more to pursue the case and keep paying lawyers.

    Your article gives one food for thought no matter which way one makes a determination about this one issue presented here.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Eiddwen:

    Thank you for letting me hear from you on this hub. Her story is old news now, but the issues surrounding the circumstances are ongoing.

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    Eiddwen 

    6 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful share and thank you so very much.

    Eddy.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you kindly. I hope these concepts will be shared, either by readers of my articles sharing them or by other writers doing a better job than I am able to do with such topics.

    Your articles are interesting reads. I hope we get to hear more music! :)

  • activewriter profile image

    activewriter 

    8 years ago from Heber Springs, Ar

    Thoughtful, concise, and well written. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    8 years ago from the short journey

    Hi! Thanks for stopping in, and thanks kindly for the compliment.

    Yes, indeed, "maybe to a fault in some areas" is right.

    However, this isn't particularly about clothing, it is first about freedom for individuals to be able to wear or display the Cross and then about the freedom for American companies to decide what their employees can and cannot wear.

    If a company decides that jewelry is an inappropriate item for an employee to wear then a Cross necklace is not permissible even if wearing a Cross is acceptable. But what is of even more concern is that the Cross is being denied at the demand of other religions (including the religion of atheism).

  • Amez profile image

    Amez 

    8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi, Great Articles, I'm not sure I address subjects like this one much, but I like the way you approach it, and I enjoy smooth reading. I believe that this great Country is very laid back in most cities, most wear what ever, freedom is abundant in American, maybe to a fault in some areas.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    9 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you kindly. We can still continue to promote truth in every arena, on every level. Your efforts to do so are appreciated. Thanks, too, for mentioning the Alliance Defense Fund!

  • James A Watkins profile image

    James A Watkins 

    9 years ago from Chicago

    This is an excellent, thoughtful article. I enjoyed reading it. America offers great freedoms. People move here and take advantage of it to change our customs and way of life, or sometimes to kill us—or plot to anyway.

    There is also the Alliance Defense Fund.

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