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    “You can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room” - U.S. Senate Candidate Coakley Legal Shocker

    By Stephen Bloom | January 15, 2010

    The following YouTube clip is shocking audio of Massachusetts Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, arrogantly informing Catholics (and, by extension, other Christian believers who might wish to exercise their religious rights of conscience), “You can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”



    Attorney General Coakley, with all due respect to her office, is wrong. Her statement mischaracterizes the law and, if applied, would amount to unlawful religious discrimination. Religious freedom means much more than believers merely being free to voluntarily segregate themselves from certain professions (especially the caring professions which are so often reflective of the very essence of religious faith).


    Under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment. This means employers cannot treat you any less favorably because of your religious beliefs or practices, nor can they force you to stop participating in religious activities as a condition of your employment. And this means emergency rooms cannot discriminate against practicing Catholics or others who hold religious values.


    More: Good News on the Law: You Can Be a Christian at Work


    Question: Have you experienced religious discrimination in the workplace?

    Topics: religious freedom |

    4 Responses to ““You can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room” - U.S. Senate Candidate Coakley Legal Shocker”

    1. Martha Coakley’s Brazen Violation Of The Civil Rights Act « Start Thinking Right Says:
      January 15th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

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    3. Law firm Manila Says:
      January 27th, 2010 at 3:44 am

      Discrimination in the workplace is not good especially when it comes to religion everyone should have all the rights they should not be discriminated

    4. Miriam Says:
      August 24th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      I believe we can fight for religious freedom in law and the Bible should be used in the court room
      Do we not use the Bible on the stand to swear upon, despite the fact that Jesus said NOT to take oaths?

      This is how the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus (in the court..at the Temple) So we too can have wisdom when they drag us to the Temple (court)

      http://adultera.awardspace.com/COMM/the-best.html#s02-1

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