Stu Levitan wrote:bdog, i thought i described what i mean, will try again. an important religious holiday is one where observant adherents to a faith refrain from secular activity, attend worship service, practice specific rituals and hold ritualized feasts. in my world, that's rosh/yom and the first two Seders, and i greatly appreciate that my city protects me from having to choose between following my faith and participating in local government. i think that's a sign of respect, not entanglement. if there are a meaningful number of observant adherents to other faiths with similar restrictions, i think they should be respected as well.the more that faith is represented in the community, the more serious the restrictions, and the more observant its adherents, the greater the need for accommodation. (btw, i don't expect the city to go so far as to accommodate my attendance at shabbat services or morning minyan.) (funny story -- I got a parking ticket last year when morning services ran late, which i didn't challenge based on religious activity). does that answer your question?
This is the best comment you've had on the subject yet. But it still irks me. I will have to ponder it more.
Added: ok, pondered it more. This part:
Stu Levitan wrote: if there are a meaningful number of observant adherents to other faiths with similar restrictions, i think they should be respected as well.
"A meaningful number" - not going to debate what this is or who getsnto decide. Let's just say that for now the Sikhs, Muslims and whatnot just don't have the numbers. Now put yourself in their shoes. There's 50,000 Sikhs in Madison but only 500 Jews.
The city tells you sorry Stu, you just don't have the numbers so there will be no accomodations for Jews. Now remember you can't have the Landmarks meeting next Tuesday because it's (insert Sikh holiday here). Wouldn't you be a little stewed Stu?