particular religion to the exclusion of others are fundamental foundations of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights” (Ruan, 2008, Pg. 9). Also, according to John's faith and religion were not to work on the Sabbath and his group believed Sabbath was on Saturdays meaning he would not be able to work Saturdays or weekends because of his religion. His religion practice would be on Saturdays and also the seminars were all scheduled on Saturday’s to accommodate to others who had odd schedules. John now had two reasons why he was unable to attend or engage in the seminars. Due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which intended to end segregation in public areas and end discrimination based on skin color, religion, sex or other forms of discrimination is why this case is complicated. “One of the most contentious contexts in which the Religion and Belief Regulations operate is where there is a clash between discrimination on grounds of religion and belief and discrimination on other grounds, most commonly the grounds of gender and sexual orientation” (Vickers, 2010, Pg. 11). Because they did not accommodate to john by switching seminars to another day that could work for him is another reason why this makes it difficult for me to identify if John used his religion as a good excuse. If the supervisor would have accommodated to him and he was still not willing to go to the seminar after knowing, it's mandatory then we have an issue with John discriminating against the community of LGTB. Discriminating against sexual orientation also needs to be protected in the workforce and outside within the community. Johns religion gets in the way with job duties during the weekend while he also believes he shouldn't go to the seminars because he doesn't think that will change the way he will feel towards the LGTB community. “Religious freedom itself is endangered when government intervention in religious matters crosses a certain line” (Ruan, 2008, Pg. 11). John is allowed to practice and follow his own religion and the workforce needs to accommodateand respect his religion. Also, because his religion is against the belief of same-sex marriage he
feels like he shouldn't go if he's not allowed to support that and he's in all his rights to do so like mentioned previously as long as he's not intentionally discriminating or hurting someone for being LGTB. The Agency should accommodate and work around Johns religion decisions. Thereare people who are religious and can still support LGTB and just become more open-minded. The goal of the agency was to provide training because they felt that this would reduce any prejudice county employees and members of the larger community who might harbor against gaypeople or the LGTB community. It was a technique used to help employees become open-minded and also these types of trainings where being done in other local governments in the stateshowing that it's been successful. They might have good intentions with this, but they must not forget that not everyone thinks the same, have the same beliefs, religion, and culture to agree or understand these issues. Therefore, these seminars could be reinforced but not forced when it
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