Let us be tolerant

2017-02-24 06:00

I AM currently employed by the state and I consider myself a very dedicated employee. I take pride in serving the people of the country, but nothing gets under my skin more than when someone, a member of the public, chooses to invoke his religion or religious beliefs at my place of employment.

Firstly, I have taken my time to serve you and you think I am not clean enough to serve you just because I am male.

I take offence to such. In my book, the invocation of your religious beliefs under the above-mentioned circumstances smacks of tyranny, ungratefulness and conceit.

In my book, it is a violation of my good-heartedness.

I feel discriminated against whenever this scenario presents itself.

Secondly, in my culture, a male my age is not allowed to touch a woman who is old enough to be his mother.

Can you imagine what would happen if I were to start invoking my cultural beliefs at my place of employment? I would lose my job.

Imagine what would happen if every elderly­ woman was to refuse my help citing her cultural beliefs?

The system would crash and service delivery would come to a standstill.

How is it that some of us can compromise on our beliefs, be they religious or cultural, yet some members of the community refuse to return the favour?

I have stated the context under which my concern emanates, therefore I do not expect to be misunderstood.

Public Servant

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