Re Liberty Definition

“Liberty” is defined as the protection an individual receives against tyranny, the arbitrary exercise of authority, and having the opportunity or means to do things.
Berlin, I. (2004). Liberty. England: Clarendon Press. p. 170.
Summary:
James F. Morgan is well known writer in the field of business and economics. He has contributed numerous published works in these fields of studies. In his article, “In defense of the workplace religious freedom act: protecting the unprotected without sanctifying the workplace,” Morgan has expounded about the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2003. Accordingly, he reviewed the bases for this act, and how it was mis interpreted by some juries since its legislation, which greatly affects the creation of business protocols. The article also discussed the changing culture in the workplace which is shifting towards more tolerant and even more comfortable to religious diversity. Accordingly, more and more employees are bcoming more comfortable being exposed to different expressions of faith by their co-employees in the workplace. At the end of the article, Morgan concludes that the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2003 has all the provisions that are well-suited to provide protection for religious workers in the creation of business protocols.
Discussion:
Liberty, particularyly, religious freedom or religious liberty is a very controversial and relevant topic in the field of business, particularly in making rules or protocols to which each employee will be asked to abide to. Many organiations struggle on balancing the liberty to practice religious customs within the workplace and the company`s welfare, in terms of the quality of work renderred by their employees. For example, there can be struggle between the need to enforce company dresscode and religious dress code. Take into consideration the wearing of a vale among Islamic women. Some company`s may find it conflicting to enforce the company`s dresscodes among this group of workers as enforcing the company`s dresscode could be interpreted to disrespect to religious practice and a violation of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2003. Employee`s who cannot obey the dresscode due to their religious beliefs may find it hard, in turn, to get promoted to works that will require with business clients that require personal interactions. For example, the rationale behind the implementation of a company`s dresscode is to give the appeal that the company employees are professionals (clothing reflect professionalism and hence the quality of work the company provides). With this rational for implementing the dresscode, managers and executive my find it hard to put someone, who is restricted by his or her religion to obey the company dresscode, as it will tarnish the company`s image of professionalism.
The concept of allowing religious liberty has been one of the concepts exemplified and upheld in the bible, articularly by the Roman empire who have put the entire Israel nation under its subjection. Despite the power of Rome during their imperialistic invasion of Israel, they have respected the religious rights of the people in so much the Christian faith continued to flourish – there were some isolated periods that such liberality in providing religious freedoms was extremely limited, of course, such as the time of Nero, but in general Rome was highly tolerant of numerous religious practices. In fact in Acts 24:23, it can be read that Roman powers were actually providing help to Paul in his evangelical work by enforcing religious liberty, accordingly the verse reads: And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him (Acts 24:23, King James Version).
Just like Morgan, I would also conclude that religious liberty should be considered in the creation of business protocols, such as the creation of dresscodes. I further conclude that, religious liberty in the workplace will not reduce the productivity of employees but rather enhance it, because they will have a higher sense of satisfaction when their rights are respected by the business organization.
References:
King James Version (n.d.). The Holy Bible, Acts 24:23. Retrieved from: < http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2024&version=KJV>.
Morgan, J.F. (2005). In Defense Of The Workplace Religious Freedom Act: Protecting The Unprotected Without Sanctifying The Workplace, Labor Law Journal, 56(1): 68 – 81.

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