A Christian might end up losing his government job for refusing to do what he considers a violation of his religious beliefs.
David Hall, who works for the Social Security Administration, was required to watch a so-called diversity and inclusivity video about homosexuality. He said the U.S. Constitution protects his right to refuse to watch the video.
Hall said he’s not “anti” anyone but believes what God says about sin. After refusing twice, his supervisor wrote him up and suspended him two days without pay. Hall said he didn’t remember the agency making any other videos mandatory. (Why one about homosexuality?) His supervisor threatened more discipline if he doesn’t submit.
From the News-Gazette (emphasis added):
Because of what he described as deeply held religious beliefs, Hall said he cannot bring himself to comply. He said he believes the Constitution grants him certain rights and religious freedoms, just as it grants certain rights to others.
Hall said he supports the rights of the LGBT community to support its position, too, and not asking those who work for the federal government to change their views or lose their jobs.
“I’m not judging the LGBT community … But I believe tolerance is a two-way street,” Hall said. “Unfortunately, I believe they’re wrong. But neither of us should lose our jobs or livelihood for our beliefs.
“For me, I know I’m not a martyr or a bigot. I’m not asking for anyone’s approval or forgiveness; I’m simply trying to live out my life, my faith and be obedient to the will of God.”
A lawyer is advising Hall, who could end up suing if he’s fired after 14 years on the job.