Prayer Requests (and a request from me to lawyer-type readers)

A reader writes:

For three years now, my husband has been persecuted in his workplace by militant homosexual co-workers because of his Catholic stance on gay marriage. He has had petty and traditionally unenforced rules held against him, resulting in various disciplinary procedures and grievances. This past week, the hate against him escalted to the point that they are trying to terminate his position of 20 years. This on top of bankruptcy, foreclosure, and recent deaths in our immediate family. We are feeling broken, desperate, and discouraged. We are trying to fight for his job and rights, but the lawyers we are usuing are very expensive.

Father, hear our prayer for this family, that you would supply their needs and help them find a way through (or away) from this struggle to calmer waters.  Give them grace, strength, wisdom, knowledge, and resources to do what is right and prudent and just.  Mother Mary and St. Michael, pray for them.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Dearl Lawyer-Type Readers: Are there, like, free legal services (something something Thomas More comes vaguely to mind) that might be able to take up their case and fight for them?  If you know, could you give details in the combox?  This sort of bullying and intimidation is only going to increase as the Gay Legion of Menacing Visigoths for Tolerance continues to smash and punish people for thinking and exercising their first amendment rights.  The sooner the bullies are reined in, the better.

Another reader writes:

I ask you to pray for miracle of healing of my 6 years old son Nicholas Joseph, who is after 4 heart surgeries.  And me from depression. God bless you.

Father, hear our prayer for Nicholas Joseph’s complete healing in body, soul, and spirit and for this person that they receive your healing and hope and overcome their depression.  Give grace, wisdom, skill, knowledge, and the proper technology so that Nicholas’ body will be completely healed and he will live a long blessed life as a saint to the glory of your Name.  Mother Mary, St. Luke, St. Nicholas, and St. Joseph, pray for them.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

  • Beadgirl

    They should check their area for any public interest law firms, legal aid groups, legal clinics, and the like to see if there are any that can take on their case. They could also call local employment law attorneys, explain their budgetary issues, and see if they can recommend any agencies that could help them. If there are any law schools in the area, they can see if the schools have any employment law clinics that could help. Finally, groups like the ACLU sometimes take on these sorts of cases. At the very least the local ACLU chapter might be able to point them in the direction of someone who can help.

    Actually, I think having one meeting with an employment law attorney would probably be quite helpful in terms of finding out their options, including whether any DOL agencies should or can be involved. (I know very little about employment law myself, so I can’t be more specific than that.)

    • BHG

      Not to mention the fact that having a lawyer formally attached to oneself in these proceedings tends to put the brakes on them….even a brief representation until a public interest group can take over would be very beneficial.

  • Advocate

    Have your reader contact the Alliance Defense Fund (http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/). (Mostly) Evangelical Christian, but they exist for cases like this, and they may even represent them pro bono.

    • Chris

      ADF was actually founded by Alan Sears, a Catholic. A number of the people who work there are evangelicals, but a good number are catholic as well.

  • J.J. Lee
  • asdf

    The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty may be able to help. They’re representing Hobby Lobby in the ongoing Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive lawsuit, and doing an outstanding job. I’d also look into contacting the ACLJ.

  • Paul H

    I am not a lawyer, but I have heard positive things about:

    – Thomas More Law Center
    – Alliance Defending Freedom
    – Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

  • JoAnna Wahlund

    Please see: http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/

    They might be able to help.

  • QM Barque

    http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.com, 800-835-5233

    Depends of the type of workplace and facts, but they might even take the case pro bono.

  • Jack

    Well, if he’s in Washington, like you (I think), he could try the state human rights commission, and file a complaint on the basis of creed (rcw 49.60), but I’m not sure how much traction he’d get based on the climate in this state. He needs to keep his nose clean on the technicalities though. Without knowing more, it’s difficult to give any kind of advice.

  • jroberts548

    I would think this is something that could be taken on a contingency basis. If they know any lawyers on their state, they should ask them for a recommendation for an employment lawyer that may take the case on contingency.

    But even then, winning may be unlikely, and they’d still be stuck at work with people that don’t like them. If its at all possible to change jobs, that might be better than staying and suing. (Leaving and suing may be even better).


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