RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 13:02:04 -0500

Deborah Hemstreet wrote:

" I am stunned that here in the US, I cannot speak out against Islam, but
everyone can mock and scorn Christianity."

Who says you can't speak out against Islam. You can speak out against any
religion; however, it is how you speak out that seems to be the problem. In
the US, we have a long history of mocking cultures and religions that don't
conform to our way of thinking. Look what we did to the indigenous people
and how we treated the Chinese during the California Gold Rush, or the
Japanese during WWII. Where do you think the term "ugly American" came

I admit to using GD and other similar words when I'm extremely frustrated or
after slamming my thumb with a hammer. It's an unconscious outburst. If I am
asked by someone not to use to words, I try to be creative with other
non-religious expressions. I also make it a point of never, ever discussing
religion of any kind at the office as those discussions can cause
unnecessary tension among fellow workers. Away from work, I have had long
debates about religions with everyone from a Presbyterian Minister, to a
Buddhist priest, to a born-again Christian friend, to a newly converted
Muslim. They were enlightening from a sides.

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