Saturday, March 20, 2010
Yesterday I went to a local bookstore to see what I could find. I always find more than I have money for, Isn't that the case with most bookstores? Anyway, as I was walking by a display table the wording on it caught my eye. Find your Faith! I walked over hoping I might find a good book on religions for the girls. Imagine my surprise(not) when I found only one religion featured. With all the books on faith/religion in that store the only one represented was Christianity. Makes me wonder what the table would have looked like if a Muslim, Pagan, Islam, or Atheist practitioner had put it together. I have noticed a lot lately that bookstores and a few other businesses tend to separate christanity from other religions or only carry christian decorations (I am a bit slow sometimes). Bookstores have a christian section and then a religions section with Paganism hidden over in the New Age(oldest religion around put in the new age?) Makes me wonder who decides what is ordered, who decides how it is displayed and if their own faith has anything to do with it. Would I have the same problem if I were in the same position? I would hope not, I hope I would try to be fair and put a good representation of all belief systems on the table. I haven't decided if I will speak up to this bookstore or not,knowing me I probably will, and I do understand that businesses need to pander to the majority. Can't they at least try to be a little more open? I would ask them if they are going to carry religious items in a non religious store then put out a good representation of several religions and acknowledge other holidays not just Christian or Jewish ones. There are more of us out here than you realize and our voices are starting to get louder!