< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: V. National Religious Observance Days

Thursday, September 30, 2004

V. National Religious Observance Days

V. National religious, worship holidays.

a. 3 days per year to be taken by any full-time, 40 hr per week employee (or greater) at their discretion for religious observance. Again, no penalty for its use and no employer may take tax incentives if they reduce overall number of holidays from their current schedule.

b. Talking point: “When I was growing up, my granddaddy let his workers off on Good Friday cause they were all Christian and that is one of the most sacred days in all of Christianity. That was a powerful lesson to me as we sat and learned from him the lessons of the Passion on those Fridays. But today, few workers are so privileged and Good Friday is hardly different from any other Friday, you get home late, worn-out, just glad the week is over. Worse still, many workers who practice different faiths cannot find the time to worship the way their God commands them. We cannot honor our religious traditions if we don’t honor all religious traditions. America is strong because her people are faithful and they are free to practice. It’s time for America to give us the time we need to practice our faith.”

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