I'm not exactly sure if this topic has been discussed or not, but it's something that's near to my heart and that I feel I have some valid opinions on. My main concern is the prominent desire to be politically correct when it comes to religious affiliation. It seems almost every hiring packet has some clause regarding creed (yet, unfortunately, only occasionally one about sexuality).... I think these clauses, although apparently 'nice', are really outdated in American society. We struggle so hard to maintain our capitalistic roots, yet employer's can't even set limitations for their own employees without being told off by the government. If WhiteMansClothingBrand only wants to hire white people, why the hell shouldn't they be able to? THEY know their market best, and if they're trying to attract the <insert target market> crowd, then they'd do best to show <insert target market>. It's the same argument with all the no-smoking bans: these are private businesses, not federal agencies (in which, I think, there should be absolutely no discrimination on the basis of something that is not a choice, e.g. race, sexuality, eye color, arm length, whatever). Noone forces someone to go to a bar where people are smoking; you've made an active choice in choosing that bar. If there's such a huge market for smoke-free areas, why the hell aren't there more smoke-free bars opening up? This is how capitalism works. Sorry, that was a very long tangent. I am not a religious man; I do not attend church, though I was raised Roman Catholic. I have taken interests in learning about other religions, but only from an academic standpoint. My main qualm is how readily people bow down to large religious groups when someone might say something offensive to them. If someone CHOOSES to paint their car green, and you then proceed to make fun of them for doing so, do they have a right to say, "No, you can't say that. That's hateful.'? Should not the same logic apply to religion, which is a choice? If you CHOOSE to be Christian/Muslim/Jewish, how on earth can you then proceed to say, "You should not be allowed to make fun of my choice, because that is insensitive and prejudiced!"? Of course, I'm also the guy who sits around wondering why more religious people don't put themselves into potentially-deadly situations so as to expedite their arrival in the heavens. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?