Something interesting is going on in Sweden. A service company there has proposed that that industry move away from mandatory observances of Christian holidays and towards allowing individual employees to negotiate what holidays, if any I suppose, they’ll observe.
[link] Almega, an organisation that supports service companies in Sweden, has proposed a move away from public holidays based on Christian beliefs. It should instead be up to employees to decide which holidays to take on the basis of their own religious faith.*
“Why should a Shiite Muslim be free on Epiphany if he or she wants to be free to celebrate the Day of Ashura? I think this will become the norm in the labour market in the future,” Almega’s Magnus Kendel told Metro.
I think this is a very good step in the right direction. At least one person disagrees referring to the move as having an “anti-Christian” bias. I guess that’s true. If one defines “pro-Christian” as the ‘right/privilige to enforce Christianity and all it’s related baggage upon populace regardless of the personal beliefs and/or disbeliefs of those subjected to such’.
Seriously. How can anyone get “anti-Christian” out of such a move? I don’t think you can unless you think Christianity, for whatever reason, deserves to be treated in a different and superior manner to all other customs, beliefs and/or religions. It’s not like Almega is proprosing that Christian holidays be done away with or that Christians are being told they will not be allowed, under any circumstance, to observe their holy days.
* emphasis added