Former IKEA employee sues for religious discrimination
More Christians need to start standing up for their beliefs, rather than remain silent while their culture and religion are attacked, undermined, and marginalized. Via Christianpost.com:
The popular Sweden-based furniture retailer IKEA is being sued after it fired an employee in Poland for posting Bible verses to voice his objection to the company’s promotion of “LGBT rights.”
The former employee, identified only as Tomasz K., told state broadcaster TVP Info that he was let go from the store in Krakow after he declined to delete a comment he posted on the company’s intranet.
The comment in question was critical of an event the company hosted in May to show solidarity with the LGBT community.
“I was shaken up, I’ve been hired to sell furniture but I’m a Catholic and these aren’t my values,” Tomasz explained.
In a statement, the company said it published an article on May 16, the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, presenting IKEA’s “values and position” on the LGBT issues.
The statement added that the employee published a comment under the article voicing “his opinion in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT + persons.”
According to the Catholic News Agency, Tomasz posted two verses from Scripture in his objection to the company promoting homosexuality.
One verse was Matthew 18:6, which reads: “Woe to him through whom scandals come, it would be better for him to tie a millstone around his neck and plunge him in the depths of the sea.”
The other verse, Leviticus 20:13, reads: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
Good on Tomasz, and good on Poland:
In addition to the lawsuit, Poland Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro ordered investigators to look into Tomasz’s case.
On Friday, Ziobro called the situation a “shocking matter.”
“It is absolutely scandalous if it was confirmed,” Ziobro added, according to TVP Info.
Poland, which is about 87 percent Catholic, is run by the conservative Law and Justice Party. Law and Justice Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski warned last month that the advancement of gay rights is a “grave danger” for families, according to Bloomberg.
This is not the first time that IKEA has drawn the ire of Polish Catholics.
In 2008, some Polish Catholics boycotted IKEA after the home-goods chain featured a gay couple in its catalog.
Proud Christian nations like Poland will end up okay. It really shows how far the United States has fallen. Once a Christian country, likely a majority of the country would go apeshit if the US government openly called for investigation of this sort or insinuate that the advancement of gay rights is a “grave danger” for families (which it obviously is). One has to wonder if IKEA would deal with a Muslim quoting the Koran in the same way they reprimanded a Christian for quoting the Bible. I forget where Islamophobia falls, is it above or below LGBTQ on the social justice pyramid?