The words “natural family,” “marriage” and “union of a man and a woman” can be punished as “hate speech” in USA government workplaces, according to a case being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At one time we in the UK would say it could only happen in the the USA. However in the light of recent mischievous actions against Christians such as the Roberts case I wonder how long it will be before we see such Christophobic grievances expressed in the UK too.
It all began in January 2003, when two employees created a group at their workplace in Oakland called the “Good News Employee Association.” It was after a group of homosexual employees had already formed their own group, had been given access to the city e-mail system and had sent out an email inviting city employees to participate in “National Coming-Out Day.”
When several employees asked whether such a posting was legitimate city business, they got an e-mail from a City Council member, telling them that a “celebration of the gay/lesbian culture and movement” was part of the city’s role to “celebrate diversity.”
The Good News employees responded by putting up a poster on the employee bulletin board in January saying,
“Preserve Our Workplace With Integrity: Good News Employee Association is a forum for people of faith to express their views on the contemporary issues of the day.” The GNEA said it opposed “all views which seek to redefine the natural family and marriage,” which it defined as “a union of a man and a woman, according to California state law.”
A lesbian co-worker saw the poster and complained to the city attorney’s office, saying it made her feel “targeted” and “excluded”. The poster was then removed by a supervisor because it violated the city’s anti-discrimination rules.
A U.S. District Court for Northern California ruling said the words “natural family” and “marriage” had “anti-homosexual import.”
Lord save us!
See the full article is in the The Washington Times.