Let us be tolerant

2017-02-16 06:01

I AM currently employed by the state and I consider myself a very dedicated employee. I take pride in serving the people of this country but nothing gets under my skin as someone, a member of the public, choosing to invoke his religion or religious beliefs at my place of employ- ment.

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 were 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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