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Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:35 AM

When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?

When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?

The Volokh Conspiracy | opinion

By Eugene Volokh September 4

Can your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? This is one of the questions in the Kentucky County Clerk marriage certificate case. But it also arises in lots of other cases — for instance, the Muslim flight attendant who doesn’t want to serve alcohol and who filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the airline’s denial of an exemption.

The question has also arisen before with regard to:

1. Nurses who had religious objections to being involved in abortions (even just to washing instruments that would be used in abortions);

2. Pacifist postal workers who had religious objections to processing draft registration forms;

3. A Jehovah’s Witness employee who had religious objections to raising a flag, which was a task assigned to him;

4. An IRS employee who had religious objections to working on tax exemption applications for organizations that promote “abortion, … homosexuality, worship of the devil, euthanasia, atheism, legalization of marijuana, immoral sexual experiments, sterilization or vasectomies, artificial contraception, and witchcraft”;

5. a philosophically vegetarian bus driver who refused to hand out hamburger coupons as part of an agency’s promotion aimed at boosting ridership;

6. and more.

And of course it arises routinely when people are fine with their job tasks, but have a religious objection to doing them on particular days (e.g., Saturdays and Fridays after sundown).

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:51 AM

1. Never- Either do your duty or resign. n/t

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 12:00 PM

2. put me down for "never", too.

It's called a "job" for a reason- because the point of the job is to do the job, and be paid for it.

Why can't I say my religion dictates that I stay home and collect paychecks for doing nothing? It's my sincerely held religious belief, dammit!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 04:22 PM

3. My answer would be - almost never

I say almost because I can think of at least one exception; if you are DRAFTED into military service.
If your beliefs do not allow you to serve in full capacity, you should be given a military position that doesn't come with a weapon and orders to kill.

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