The courts continue to insist that Christians must live “in the closet”.
To summarize this case quickly: a ministry called Christian Horizons used to require all their employees to sign a declaration to not engage in immoral activity, including homosexual relationships, as a condition of employment. One of their employees, who had signed the declaration in 1995, was fired in 2000 when she entered such a relationship. She filed a human rights complaint in 2008 and won (surprise, surprise).
Christian Horizons appealed to a real court, which sort of overturned the ruling. Kinda. The judge ruled that a Christian ministry has the right to include a code of conduct as part of its job requirements. Sounds like a victory for Christian Horizons, right? But the judge went on to say that the ministry should not have fired the lesbian. Huh?
So let me get this straight: you can have a Christian code of conduct as a condition of employment, but you can’t apply it when somebody violates it? That’s as crazy as have a Criminal Code but not allowing the cops to enforce it. Or having a Canon Law with bishops that don’t enforce it. Oh, wait a minute…
The bottom line is that the courts won’t let Christians behave like Christians outside their church walls. Read more about this issue in this article from the National Post. I really enjoyed one of the comments posted by a reader named Angelopeter under the article:
There seems to be only one solution to this madness.
Beginning this week I will apply for a bartending position at every gay and lezbian bar in Vancouver, with a resume that posts my character description as,.. white, heterosexual, Catholic conservative.
When I am refused ( I pray God ) I will then run to the human rights commision of British Columbia and demand that justice be served for the discrimination I suffered. I will demand financil and medical componsation for the trauma it has caused me.
I will claim I have been refused a position as a bartender at these particular bars due completely to my sexual orientaion and religious beliefs.
I will claim that they “judged” me without knowing me, and they have no right to deny me my “human right,” to labour because of my character.
I will claim that it has been my dream to mix cocktails in an enviroment where men dress as Marylin Monroe, and women dress as firemen since I was a child, and not being accepted into such a fantastic enviroment has ruined my life.
Wow,.. after writing this, I just realized how sick this way of thinking is.