When I boarded my airplane the other day, there was a poster of an American flag on the outside of the flight deck door with the quote by GWBush saying "Make no mistake - we will win." Were I to have not challenged it, I would have been seen as acquiescing to the current nationalist war hysteria. Because I do not acquiesce to what I consider to be a form of immorality, I explained to the captain that its presence made me uncomfortable, as it was contrary to my religious beliefs which strongly condemns all forms of terrorism against civilians whether carried out by individuals, groups or governments. Further, my love for my country mandates that I openly dissent (which is still my right protected by our Constitution) when I do not support the actions of the government.
Fortunately, Captain Qqqqqq removed the poster without a second thought and we continued our trip without any apparent animosity.
My concern is that if I am forced to challenge this every time I fly, I may be met with overt hostility, as that is the nature of war hysteria. I am therefore requesting that this problem be addressed by management. I understand that my view is the minority view, and I also understand that the rights of those with whom I disagree must also be respected. I am hoping that a creative solution can be reached.
One further consideration. I know of at least one other pilot who feels the same way as I do. Pilots are generally a very conservative bunch. If we feel this way, rest assured that many of our passengers feel the same way.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Bottom line is [our airline] is committed to providing a harassment-free workplace. I don't see harassment in this issue as you were able to work it out with [the captain].
However, this is an issue of Company policy, and for that I am sending your email letter on to Yyyy Xxxxxx, our Director of Employee Resources for further direction.
Yyyy, I will await your call and guidance.