Today is one of the most awkward days on the work calendar when freedom of religious expression butts up against freedom to stare at your co-workers.
Normally, it’s okay to stare at your co-workers when
- they are wearing too much make-up;
- they have nasty zits;
- they have jelly-donut-ooze on their chins.
Ash Wednesday? Just chillax, dudes. Don’t stare — but if you’re going to stare, why don’t you ask a few well-intentioned questions?
- Do you mind if I ask you why you have smudgy ash on your forehead?
- What does it mean?
- Can you wash it off?
Seriously, it’s not a big deal to ask a Catholic why she is wearing ash on her forehead; however, it is a big deal to mock someone or stare at your co-workers.
This isn’t about political correctness. I’m an atheist, but I will not tolerate rude behavior in the workforce. Also, you wear really ugly shoes but I don’t let people make fun of you. If anything, I must be consistent.