Over on Twitter I had a very interesting discussion yesterday with another blogger who has just moved over to Patheos. No doubt Jame’s original question was probably prompted from a tweet that came from my introductory post here on Patheos. His blog is coming from a very different perspective to mine and is called Future Temple. Here is what we said, oldest posts at the bottom, and as is often the case in these discussions some of our replies to each other get a bit jumbled, but I think you can follow the thread just about!
@adrianwarnock They should be expected to abide by the same rules as all other employees, religious or not.
@adrianwarnock I do not always support mockery and derogation as a strategy myself. But I DO a distinction between that and hatred. @FutureTemple Usually “mockery” is something a person does to someone else whilst “hate speech” is something someone does to you!
@adrianwarnock All you have to do there is distinguish between mockery and hate speech. Can be tricky but usually it’s simple. @adrianwarnock Well that is not being able to do your job. I included that caveat for a reason @adrianwarnock It would clearly be distressing. But I would use it as an opportunity to consider whether I am indeed a bigot. It’s possible. @FutureTemple I’ve heard extreme fundamentalists in the USA say similar things about mockery being ok to justify their hate speech to others @adrianwarnock But even fierce mockery is not necessarily motivated by or equivalent to hatred. @FutureTemple And yet the British government told Christians to “leave their faith at home” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9520026/Christians-should-leave-their-beliefs-at-home-or-get-another-job.html … @adrianwarnock Obviously no one should be fired for their faith (unless it prevents them from doing their job). @adrianwarnock When there is so much REAL hatred in the world it seems irresponsible to equate mockery and hatred. @FutureTemple @Patheos As an example of an issue that can spark the kind of animosity I am talking about check out http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2012/03/the-growing-divide-in-british-society-over-homosexual-marriage/ …