Last week, I posted about Mayor Langford’s Bible study on city time. Today, a commenter asked:
When is a lunch hour considered “city time” and “taxpayer’s money”?
While the City Chambers might not be the best place for it, the fact remains everyone is welcome to a lunch hour. That is their time.
So, in the interest of answering what may have been an honest question, here’s the text of the email that was sent to city employees. For obvious reasons, I’m excluding the names of senders and recipients.
Subject: Bible Study with the Mayor
When: Friday, January 25, 2008 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada).
Where: Council Chamber
These are exciting times for the City of Birmingham!
Mayor Langford will conduct Bible Study this Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Anyone interested in attending is more than welcome.
To Department Heads, please have this invitation passed on to your staff and ensure they are aware it IS NOT mandatory to attend, but they are more than welcome to participate.
We already work together as a family. If we pray together, touch and agree together, imagine what we can accomplish together!
“More Magic Than Ever!”
As I noted in the initial post, the email does make it clear that attendance is not mandatory, but I see nothing to indicate that this time would be considered lunch hour. My source was told by city employees that they did not have to take lunch hour to attend.
And now city employees are circulating an email that encourages online Bible reading, with detailed links provided but no caveat that they should be used after hours. Good to know they’re staying busy.
You know, when the boss says he’s going to lead Bible study during work hours, I don’t think it really matters if he says it isn’t mandatory. The people who work for him will feel pressured to support it, because that equates to supporting him.
And I have to wonder how he’d react if another employee wanted to offer a Qur’an study or a Wicca study or even a Bible study from a different perspective. Would city workers get a free pass to attend those as well? If he’s going to do it for one, he has to do it for all. Otherwise, we have city government endorsing a particular religion. Perhaps it would be best to keep the Bible study out of the office.