Do you think muslims who work for the government should be given special treatment?
i read how in Ontario, the muslims who work for the government are allowed to pray 5 times a day during ramadan. they are allowed to wash fully in the restrooms before praying and they are allowed to take 2 hour breaks on friday for prayer, is this ok with you?
what a huge can of worms this question opens LOL
They could be allowed to practice their beliefs, but their pay should be docked for the time off.... and that time off would have to reflect their ability to turn on and off their working mind.... meaning 20 minutes of prayer should have 30 minutes of pay taken off their pay as the time away from work always takes time to get back into work mode.
If everyone practiced their beliefs during those same minutes (hours) and prayed in our own way and demanded the same "special treatment" employers would dance on their heads.
therein lies the solution - dock their pay for the time off...... and allow ALL people to pray in "their" own way. .... Imagine the marijuana smokers religion doing the same.... It is 4:20 somewhere LOL
Special treatment, no. Allowed to practice their religion, yes!
I like what Neil Sperling said... dock their pay for extra time off.
If atheists want to take off National Science Day, I say, "Why not!" Just dock their pay or count it against vacation days.
I think allowing them to do all of that is fine, but everyone else has to have special privileges too. Give everyone those 2 hour breaks and that time to pray, just let them use it however they wish.
Concerning the time the time they take for their religious rites, I think it would be fine if they make up the lost hours. Hopefully their devotion to their religion translates into similar devotion to the job they are paid to do.
I'm 85% no with a 15% "it depends". If, in their capacity as a government worker, they use skills, contacts, valuable (and legit, of course) passport(s) to religiously/culturally important and/or native (even if going back several generations) country, multi-lingual skills connected with study or practice of their Muslim faith that have a specific asset to a specific government department or assignment - then, yeah - just as I, a pianist, might be given "special treatment" by being allowed to "sub" for the music (therapist) on a given day (and earn a nice chunk of extra pay that day "teacher pay:" during those hours, even though I do not have the formal credentials that a teacher needs.
If you're asking if in general any class, race, religion, or particular group of (Americans) be given better or more access to the basic rights promised to us all in our Constitution, but in real life come with some often undoable strings attached ($400/hr attorney, for example - for somebody who makes a paraprofessional's salary (low-mid 20k), then absolutely not - of course.
No.........is any other group given "special treatment"........are pastors, teachers, researchers, Pentocostal believers, 7th Day Adventists, Christians, Catholics, gamblers, cocaine addicts, BREAST FEEDING MOTHERS, lawn mower repairmen?
I am about " acceptance"................but far removed from " special consideration".
It should not be a can of worms........it should be.....
this is the job, and the required hours.....
do you have the ability to do it, and can you do it without restriction?
If I said muslims should be given special treatment who work for government, then the answer will turn into their favor and if I said no need for that then it might turn into hate.So government knows better what they have to do.Give respect to each religion.
They should be allowed to practice their religion, as long as it doesn't affect other people. If they take two hours off for praying, then they should work for 2 hours more afterwards. It's only fair, and religion is something that shouldn't affect your working conditions and output.
Each and every worker should have exactly the same rights, no matter of race, creed, political views etc! Having said that, the right of a Muslim to pray should be honoured.
Relating to your question though, each persons breaks, for whatever reason, should be monitored and and wages deducted respectfully.
eg. If two workers are working on the same project, one takes an hour break (for whatever reason) while the other continues to work, then the person on a break should not expect the same pay as the person who continued working?
Again relating to your question, the Government would have known the Muslims religion and practices prior to employing them. So rules and rights should have been clearly explained at interview.
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