An ethicist, a Bible scholar, a theologian and a preacher walk into a hotel that is being boycotted at the request of its own workers. It’s like the punch line of a bad joke. But it’s not a joke, it could happen. And it’s not funny, but serious.
Lillian Daniel opens her HuffPo article with the 2 sentences above. The article tells the reader that men and women who work for the Hyatt hotels are boycotting the Hotel and are asking a pretty bold thing from people. They are asking that everyone join them. Well, enter a group Religious scholars from Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion for a international meeting and all of a sudden you have a real life ethics question. Here’s how Lillian puts it:
So what will happen at the convention when they arrive in Chicago and learn the lay of the land at the Hyatt? Can you imagine asking an ethicist to break a boycott in order to interview for a job? Can you imagine asking a religious historian to ignore the teachings of so many traditions that uphold the dignity of workers and their right to organize?