Thank you for the information and your question. Although I can certainly understand your position, it is not consistent with the law. First and foremost, absent a bargaining agreement that states otherwise, an employer sets the terms and conditions of employment. So, that means that absent a contract violation or unlawful discrimination
they can set any rules they want, even if they seem misguided or unfair.
As for the discrimination issue, the law protects certain classes of workers from unlawful discrimination. In the case of religion, the law says that if a person holds a sincerely ***** ***** ethical or moral belief that prohibits or requires certain actions. You can read about religious discrimination
legal issues in the workplace by going to: http://www.eeoc
If you fit into this class and situation, then you could ask for a religious accommodation and if your employer could accommodate you, assuming you could still perform the essential functions of your job with that accommodation, they would be required to unless they could show an undue hardship or a occupational necessity. However, the law doesn't say that because someone who has a sincerely ***** ***** belief is accommodated, that everyone should be whether they have one or not. In that case, there would be no need for the law.
Please feel free to ask for clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.