This kind of thing has always puzzled me. Coddling to religious beliefs in a workplace. I ran across this on the internets recently, yet another example.
The fact that it isn't entirely an American thing really isn't any consolation. It's retarded no matter what country it happens in. You know what I'm talking about, cases where, say, pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control because of their religious beliefs.
I understand we have laws against discrimination in the workplace for a reason, but this is really too much. My take on it is, if your beliefs prevent you from doing a job... don't take it in the first place. If someone isn't doing their job, they should be fired. It doesn't mater WHY they weren't doing it, religious reasons or other.
As for defenders of this bullshit, how far should we take it? Can I become a cop and claim my religious beliefs prevent me from driving a car, carrying a gun, tazing children and the elderly or eating doughnuts? Should I get a job at the librarian and claim I have a phobia of books? If I'm severely allergic to pet hair should I be a vet tech?
What a load of shit.