Polish IKEA fires employee for Biblical opposition to pride event

Catholic News Agency | 7/1/2019 | Staff
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Krakow, Poland, Jul 1, 2019 / 06:37 pm (CNA).- An Ikea worker in Poland has filed a lawsuit after being fired last week for posting Bible verses opposing homosexual behavior on the company’s intranet.

Tomasz K is suing after he was terminated from his position at the furniture store in Krakow.

Poland - Minister - Justice - Zbigniew - Ziobro

Poland Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro has also asked the national prosecutor's office to look into the case.

The issue arose when employees were asked to attend a pro-LGBT event at the company.

Response - Tomasz - Promotion - Homosexuality - Verses

In response, Tomasz said that he objected to the promotion of homosexuality. He posted two verses from Scripture: “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,” (Matthew 18:6) and, “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,” (Leviticus 20:13).

Ikea then fired Tomasz. The company said in a statement that he was terminated for “using quotes from the Old Testament about death and blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexual people” and “expressing his opinion in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT+ people,” according to news.com.au.

Tomasz - Attorney - Right - Beliefs

Tomasz’s attorney, however, says he was simply exercising his protected right to express his religious beliefs.

Tomasz told TVP Info that his job was to sell furniture, not to promote same-sex ideology. When asked to take down the Bible verses he had posted, he said, “as a Catholic, I cannot censor God.”

Duty - Quotations - Holy - Scriptures - Stumbling

“I do not think it was my duty. ... [I] quoted two quotations from the Holy Scriptures: about stumbling and about the fact that the cohabitation between two men is an abomination,” he said, according...
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