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REL 228/MGT 228 Business, Ethics, and Society Prof. Douglas Lamont WEEK EIGHT: LECTURE/DISCUSSION Theme for the week: The clash between secularism and Catholic Social Thought, and the brave new world of environmental, medical, and business ethics. I. Secular absolutism . Catholic Charities . The California Supreme Court ruled that the social-services arm of the Roman Catholic Church must include contraceptives coverage to women as part of any prescription drug benefit it extends to employees. When Catholic Charities insisted that as an avowedly Catholic organization it fit the religious exemption provided by the law in question, the court simply said it was not a religious organization. Catholic Charities? Justice Janice Rogers Brown in dissent: “The California high court has such a crabbed and constricted view of religion that it would define the ministry of Jesus Christ as a secular activity.” Boy Scouts . The U. S. Supreme Court turned down the Scouts’ appeal of a Connecticut decision to kick the Scouts off a list of charities on its state-worker voluntary donation plan. In San Diego, the city revoked a leases for public campgrounds, where the Scouts have had a presence since 1918 and a formal lease since 1957. The Boy Scouts are suing. The ACLU cites how the Scouts used words “religious organization” to describe themselves as an association of believers and explain why they could not admit atheists. The ACLU contends that leasing the Scouts public lands is tantamount to the public establishment of religion. Perhaps, the real crime of the Scouts is to have won the Supreme Court case involving their First Amendment right not to admit an openly homosexual Scoutmaster. The Scouts are paying a price for exercising their First Amendment rights. What’s going on? One group’s set of personal mores are being turned into a new public orthodoxy from which there can be no dissent. It’s called PC or politically correct. Any voluntary association that doesn’t comply will be driven from the public square. Meet the new face of intolerance. Moral choices facing employees . Even the most loyal corporate employees may disagree with the ACLU’s positions on Catholic Charities and the Boys Scouts, and find their personal interests collide with those of their employers who want no trouble from the ACLU, a uniform commitment to United Way, and want to be politically correct. The reward, autonomy, and self-fulfillment that workers seek from their jobs aren’t always compatible with the desires of the CEO, senior 1
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executives, and the firm itself. Sometimes, this clash can take the form of a conflict of interest. Source : Jack Feldballe, “Beyond Legal Obligation,” Sojourners , 29:1 (January- February 20000; 23. Editorial, “Secular Absolutism,” The Wall Street Journal , March 10, 2004, p. A16. Martha in purgatory
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Rel228weekeight - REL 228/MGT 228 Business Ethics and...

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