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I sent out a vegan t-giving card to some co-workers and friends. The card was from care-mail and it had a turkey with an axe who stated, "Do you want a piece of me". I noted a vegan t-giving could be wonderful etc...

Well two or three responses were downright violent. You would have thought I was tearing down the world order or something. Sigh, so much for cultural diversity.


I hate to say it, since I normally enjoy your posts, and obviously share many of your views (having had a nearly-vegan Thanksgiving myself) but I think "cultural diversity," in the work place especially, requires respecting others' beliefs and practices, even when they differ from their own, and your greeting may have crossed that line. I think it's one thing to mention how wonderful your vegan Thanksgiving plans are when you're discussing the holiday w/ coworkers, and explain why you're vegan if they're curious enough to ask, but sending out a card that reads as if you're trying to convert them to your point of view certainly wouldn't be acceptable in my workplace. As an analogy -- I'm not Christian, but I wouldn't be offended by a Christmas card from a coworker if it were a simple "Merry Christmas" type deal. I *would* be offended by a card that told me to "Rejoice! For our savior is born!" especially if it proceeded to detail how wonderful a life in Christ could be. I don't think people should *hide* their beliefs, but proselytizing in the workplace is bad news(whether pushing a religion, another ethical system, or even a political candidate).

JennyJean
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