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Dear Daughters, It Goes Against My Religious Beliefs to Teach Blue-Eyed Children. Should I Get to Keep My Teaching Job?

Dear Daughters,

Based on two recent and very controversial cases in the media where religious beliefs are being cited as reasons to refuse services to people I have come up with two fictional scenarios based on each of the real life cases. I feel that the fictional scenarios below are simple, allowing readers to keep focus on the real issues at hand. They also eliminate any personal beliefs about the true life issues involved allowing readers to remain objective while participating in a respectful and thought-provoking conversation. Please read both scenarios below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

SCENARIO ONE: I am a follower of the Green Worship faith. Green Worship followers cannot teach blue-eyed children as it goes against our religious beliefs. I apply for a teaching job at a local elementary school. I do not have to identify my religious beliefs at any time during the application process or interviews because that goes against my rights. I am hired because I am the best candidate for the job. My religious rights were respected as they should be.

On the first day of school my students’ eyes are full of excitement as they see the bright posters and the shelves of books on the walls of the classroom. Several students audibly share their excitement over the colourful name plates I have fastened to the top of their desks. I am excited to teach all 24 of these wonderful six year olds. Once they are seated at their desks I put my finger in the air indicating I would like their attention on me at the front of the classroom. That’s when I see that 5 of them have blue eyes. I immediately go to the principal and inform her that I cannot teach the class I was assigned – in particular the five students with blue eyes – citing religious beliefs.

What should happen?

blue eyes

SCENARIO 2: I am a follower of the Life Has a Purpose Faith. Life Has a Purpose followers do not believe that two green-eyed people should get married as it goes against our religious beliefs. I apply for a job issuing marriage licenses. I do not have to identify my religious beliefs at any time during the application process or interviews because that goes against my rights. I am hired because I am the best candidate for the job. My religious rights were respected as they should be.

I had been happily issuing marriage licenses to couples for over 10 years when T and J come in. They are holding hands and smiling. T kisses J on the cheek while they wait in line for their turn. As they approach my desk I notice T’s piercing green eyes. I quickly glance towards J and my heart drops as I see green eyes on that happy face too. I immediately go to my supervisor’s office and inform her that I cannot issue a marriage license to T and J citing religious beliefs.

What should happen?

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