One of my co-workers is very Catholic. She has put up a huge photo of the new pope and a bunch of newspaper headlines. They are right over her desk where I can’t avoid seeing them. It bugs me to see a religious leader smiling at me all day while I am trying to work. I’ve hinted at my supervisor that she should not allow religious propaganda at work, but so far she has ignored my hints. Does this warrant a formal complaint?
No. However, if Pope Francis were giving you the finger instead of smiling, it would be a different answer.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. If the photo troubles you so much that you can’t do your work, see a therapist. You need help. It must have nearly killed you to see the unavoidable news after he was elected. I hope you did not have nightmares about someone in gold robes and ruby red slippers smiling you to death.
Whatever your view is about organized religion in general or Catholicism in particular, your referral to a single photo like this one as “religious propaganda” is extreme. No one is forcing a religious conversation much less a religious belief on you. Cool your jets, do your work and don’t make a fool of yourself by starting a crusade over something so silly. You know how crusades work out – they are long, expensive and hard on the nerves.