I am the lead student and assistant instructor at the local YMCA ( a community funded charitable health and wellness center). Recently I was asked by my instructor to take down a post I put up that made fun of Allah. He was concerned people might see it and there be a compliant or that it might give off the impression we are bigots. He said he saw the humor, the post was about a woman who found Allah in her potato but he still thought posting it was a bad idea and so asked me to remove it.
I removed it out of respect for him (we are really traditional) but still don't think I should have had to. He probably wouldn't have asked if we weren't at a community center but then again it's only facebook.
I am not sure what to do. Even if I keep my atheism off of facebook what is next... no blogs? or belonging to atheist websites? Where do I draw the line? I think I have a right to be who I am but political correctness and cultural sensitivity is really important for the karate school where we are and have no choice but be at the moment.
I would love some feedback on this cause I genuinely am not sure what to do next or how I should handle this in the future
I think it depends on how much you're willing to mix public with personal. I wouldn't want to offend anyone who's a potential client, unless I could afford to lose clients or goodwill and/or take the heat for it as a matter of making a public statement.
Maybe this is an easy position for me to take because I don't use facebook much in a public way.
I think nobody has the right to tell you what and what not to post. Thats democracy. If u let your boss intervene on your personal life, whats next? as you said.
Besides thats what we fight. The right to be outspoken on any matter specially religion. so f... ur Karate teacher.
"He was concerned people might see it and there be a compliant or that it might give off the impression we are bigots."
I don't really understand this part. Is the Allah comment on the YMCA's page, or your own personal page? I assume it's on your page, in which case, it's not really any of his business. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your right to make such commentary. It's actually covered under fundamental freedoms. I don't really think it's appropriate for him to ask you to compromise fundamental freedoms guaranteed by our constitution.
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Indeed it does. How? I.D. case in Pennsylvania, They request to mention the controversy on 'The theory of evolution" and we know how that "request" ended. Threats to their life, and a long court case. The guy from Denmark who draw Mohammed. Muslims request the drawing to be taken away and an apology. How did that ends? Riots, guys getting stabbed and so on.
I dont like Churches or big crosses, and big stars of Israel in front of buildings. What would happen if I request these guys to take away their symbols?Of course they would get offended and feel threathen, mostly if they are Orthodox Jews and in Ny they can take you handcuffed to the local precint by their own and private police officers.
The point is if they feel offended by stupid posts or opinions, Why shouldn't we? Its time x us to fight back and get our rights respected.
p.s. sorry about my English its my 2nd language.