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Religion in the Workplace?

Reported by Melanie - August 20, 2004 -

When we monitored for the film Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, one of the categories we watched for was news or issues Fox reported that other networks didn't (and vice versa). Such a thing happened today (August 20, 2004) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto.

At 4:53 p.m. substitute host Terry Keenan interviewed Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. Sheldon believes religion (Christianity, that is) should be practiced in the workplace. Sheldon cited the fact that the US House and Senate pray before they begin each day, that they have a chaplin, "and that's the workplace."

Sheldon said that 10 to 12 years ago the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that the workplace must be religion-free. Sheldon's organization gathered 100,000 letters together "to bombard the EEOC" to oppose the rule.

Sheldon argues that when there is a "kind of air of clarity and concern" in the workplace, it helps everyone because then workers can turn to each other in times of need like when going through a divorce, a family death, etc.

Keenan said that "critics would say" that "some people would feel intimidated" and they might feel pressure to try and "please the boss" by acting more religious or by hiding their religious beliefs.

Seldon assured Keenan that of "all the people" he knows that wouldn't happen and that wouldn't be the case.

COMMENT: Fox has aired several segments of late discussing extreme religious views. We wonder what they're up to.

(For recently aired segments see the category, Religion & Politics.)