I read this article in Reuters how the Canadian province of Quebec is seeking to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols.
Since my conversion, I have always worn a religious symbol, whether it's a cross or crucifix around my neck. I'm probably borderline idolatry on this because of my love of all things shiny and sparkly, but hey ...
Where I work, we do have a dress code concerning jewelry. It primarily concerns the size of earrings. Only small stud earrings are allowed, but some of the women occasionally wear more ornate and larger earrings. Management seems to let that go.
We have several Muslim women working with us but only one wears a burqa on a regular basis. She usually wears very ornate burqas with lots of colors, but sometimes they are more subdued. When we had temperatures in the 90's here in Chicago, I was often tempted to ask her, "Aren't you hot?," but it seemed like such an obviously dumb question, that I refrained from asking it.
I do understand that if you work for the "public" that wearing a crucifix or a Star of David the size of a sedan might be a little disarming to some people and the article does state that small pieces would be allowed.
It's still a little disconcerting to me because it speaks loudly that this is only the beginning.
I've often thought about what I would do if I was asked to remove my ring or necklace. I wear the Hail Mary ring every day and I don't think anyone even notices it. My necklace is usually hidden by my uniform shirt and unless you're like me, who notices all things shiny, it also goes unnoticed.
Still ... if I were asked to take it off, would I do it? Would it be worth risking being reprimanded or possibly even fired if I said no? Is my faith in Christ and His Church or in an adornment that I wear as a reminder of my faith and church?
What would you do?
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