Peterson, who had worked for HP for nearly 21 years, posted the verses in response to the company’s diversity policy that requires acceptance of homosexuality. Commenting on the case, Stephen Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy, said: “The new rule in the workplace seems to be: The Bible is out; diversity is in” (“Using Caesar’s Sword,” Agape Press, March 19, 2004).In 2002 homosexual activists tried to get the Ferndale City Council in Michigan to fire volunteer police chaplain Tom Hansen for stating his biblical views against homosexuality.The lesbian, Kelley Carson, had sought Bodett’s advice in regard to a recent breakup with her homosexual partner, and Bodett gave her biblical counsel that homosexuality is a sin. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Bodett’s religious discrimination suit.Carson complained about the matter to a supervisor. In 2001 Richard Peterson was fired by Hewlett-Packard after he posted Bible verses condemning homosexuality. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2004 that Peterson was not discriminated against because of his religious beliefs.The homosexuals filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights.A district court upheld Knight’s dismissal, claiming that her religious speech caused her clients distress and interfered with the performance of her duties.The organization Soulforce claimed that Hansen, the pastor of a Baptist church, was committing “spiritual violence” against homosexuals by saying that it is sinful.
This is not a guess; it is a judgment based on current facts.
In 2002 Rolf Szabo was fired by Eastman Kodak for objecting to the company’s diversity policy.
The rights to free speech and to the free exercise of religion, in particular, will be effectively destroyed. In 1997 Jo Ann Knight was fired by the Connecticut Department of Public Health after she counseled a homosexual couple from the Bible about salvation and about the necessity of repenting of sin.
Knight’s job was to supervise the provision of medical services by Medicare agencies to home health care patients, and in that capacity she interviewed patients.
In 2000 Evelyn Bodett was fired by Cox Com Cable for expressing her biblical views against homosexuality to a lesbian subordinate.
They claimed that she was thereby “coercing and harassing” the lesbian contrary to company policy.