Carol Platt Liebau: Religion in the Workplace

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Religion in the Workplace

Here is an interesting piece from the L.A. Times on a new phenomenon -- some corporations allowing religious groups to form "affinity groups" at work, just like those that exist for gender, race and sexual preference.

Interestingly, GM and Coke allow homosexual, minority and gender support groups -- but forbid religious ones. And, to quote a paragraph from the piece,

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known as Freddie Mac, says it recognizes affinity groups built only around "unchangeable and immutable human differences," such as race, gender or sexuality. The company includes in that definition adoptive parents and military spouses but not religion.

Says it all right there, doesn't it. Military weddings, which may end in divorce, are considered "unchangeable and immutable." So is "sexuality" -- although one can't be sure that bisexuals (or homosexuals who have "gone straight") would agree. Clearly, it's all in the eye of the beholder, and it seems evident that Freddie Mac tends to "look left," as it were.


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