Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I figured there aren't going to be many people online today, what with all the turkey making. So I decided to take a break from my usual stories and post something that I found... interesting. I figure I won't get bombed with comments since it's a holiday and all.
I made a post on Mothers in Medicine yesterday about whether people with small kids should get preference for having specific holidays off in jobs that require people to work holidays. My argument was yes, mostly because you can just as easily see family or friends on Jan 25 as you can on Dec 25, but there's less flexibility when it comes to schools or daycares being closed and people with kids having to scramble for reliable childcare.
Just to be clear, I absolutely wasn't trying to say that a parent should get every holiday off and a non-parent should work every holiday or anything close to that... but if everyone gets, say, three holidays off and the parent says they really need Christmas off due to not being able to find anyone to help watch their child, that should receive preference. I'd feel the same way if someone was caring for an elderly or disabled relative. As a society, I think we should try to provide flexibility for these people who need it, or else risk driving them out of the workforce entirely.
However, putting all that aside for a minute... one person argued that while you could see family and friends on any day, if you want to go to the Christmas church services, that can only be done ON CHRISTMAS. And that is just as legitimate an excuse as having nobody to watch your kid that day.
This argument struck me more than anything. I respect people who value religion and find comfort in their faith. But at the same time, don't most churches teach you to be a humanitarian? Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know. But would you really feel worse about yourself if you had to miss church than if you, say, forced a single mom to have to scramble for childcare for her small children because you were in church? Is a good Christian someone who goes to church on Christmas or helps a parent be with their small children during Christmas?
I feel like an attitude like this is all about following some kind of mantra and not about caring for your fellow human beings. It's like politicians who restrict abortions and at the same time, cut off funding to poor, single mothers. I think you should practice what you preach.