Last week I saw a story about Muslims demanding prayer breaks during work
Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job.
The guards contend in a lawsuit filed this week that the subcontractor who employs them does not appropriately accommodate their faith and retaliates against those who speak out..
Now I have no problem with people worshiping God as they see fit (as long as killing me and oppressing others is not a part of that worship) but it seems to me we are forgetting something that Amazon had better take into consideration before they make any deal.
It had better include us Catholics.
We pray too and if followers of Islam are given specific prayer breaks there are specific times that Catholics will need as well.
This is prayed three times a day 6 AM, 6 PM and Noon. It is a very short set of prayers that devout Catholics pray daily. It’s also why you hear Church bells at 6 AM, 6 PM and Noon. If Our Muslim brothers are given prayer times then Naturally we Catholics will need to pause work to pray the angelus as well.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Yesterday was the feast of Divine Mercy but at 3 PM every day we are called upon to recall Christ’s Boundless mercy at the hour of his Crucifixion.
The Chaplet takes about 10-15 minutes max (I generally can pray it in 5 or less). The details of the prayer, propagated by St. Faustina and St. Pope John Paul II are here.
The Divine office:
This is a series of prayers that Priests are expected to make daily but many lay people pray it as well. There are a series of prayers and reading such people pray daily. Details here..
So Amazon while I have no problem if you choose to allow devout Muslims to worship God as they see fit on the job if these Devout Muslims are accommodated surely these devout Catholics certainly need to be accommodated as well.
Because if they’re not then obviously that would be discrimination on the basis of religion and I’m sure you at Amazon, particularly those of you in the Amazon legal department, would hate for that to be the case.
Exit Question. I don’t claim expertise on all the various protestant denominations out there but if you dear reader belong to a denomination that has a regular daily prayer routine surely you need to be accommodated as well, don’t you?
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