Poland’s Justice Minister enters the fray over a ‘persecuted’ Christian

Poland’s Justice Minister enters the fray over a ‘persecuted’ Christian July 4, 2019

POLAND’s Justice Minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, inset, has reportedly ordered the national prosecutor’s office to investigate the ‘unlawful’ sacking of a Christian worker by a branch of Ikea in Krakow.

Identified in local media as Tomasz K, the worker is suing Ikea for allegedly “oppressing” his rights as a Christian to trumpet his homophobia.

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

In response, Tomasz used the company’s intranet to say 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 sacked him.

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.

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

Tomasz said 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 … I quoted two quotations from the Holy Scriptures: about stumbling and about the fact that the cohabitation between two men is an abomination.

After Tomasz was fired, another employee also quit in solidarity with him.

A spokeswoman for Ikea holding company Ingka Group issued a statement saying that in the company’s view:

Using your religion background as a reason for excluding others is considered discrimination. At Ingka Group we believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be given equal opportunities whatever their gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, nationality, religion and/or any other dimension of their identity.

Inclusion at Ingka Group means respecting our individual differences and creating a safe environment for all. Everyone’s views and opinions are welcome with the common goal to build a great place to work.

Tomasz is represented by the legal group Ordo Iuris. The group’s chairman, Jerzy Kwasniewski, argued that it is illegal to censor the Bible, and said the move was oppressive to Tomasz’s rights.

The insinuation contained in the Ikea statement is unacceptable and violates Mr Tomasz’s personal rights. It can be read as motivated by prejudices against Christians.

Stand by for the UK’s Christian Concern to poke its nose into this affair. It’s right up its street.

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  • Graham Martin-Royle

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

    While I support LGBTQ, in no way would I want to attend an event. Not my cup of tea, sorry.

  • Phil Rimmer

    If your fellow employees may be inclined to think badly of a group of people and the company seeks to help in aid of diversity, employing cerebral palsy or ex-convicts say, and the event is to help acquaint all employees with real people rather than a mere tag, though not you cup of tea, you can see given the preconceptions of your fellow workers that attending helps signal acceptability, surely?

    This is Poland not the UK.


  • Martin Penwald

    After Tomasz was fired, another employee also quit in solidarity with him.

    If the courts agree with Tomasz and Ikea has to rehire him, would this other employee be rehired too?

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Is it possible for you not to attend and not tell all employees they are doomed for attending?
    That’s the real issue. I can accept not attending. I can’t accept persecuting those who wish to attend; which is what I consider a semi-public message of disdain.

    Another case of the theist thinking his superstitions should be honored in all areas of the public. A (very public) display of “virtue”.

  • Ann Kah

    As you say, your job “was to sell furniture, not to promote opposite-sex ideology.”

  • Lurker111

    I’ll have to agree with your point. The herding of employees off to re-education seminars–of any stripe–is odious.

    Of course, the guy in question didn’t help his cause by being a pr**k, but that’s another matter.

  • rubaxter

    Soooo, what are the unemployment compensation rates in Poland? What sporting event or animal killing season was at hand? Who has a new girlfriend with a job, herself?

  • Vanity Unfair

    Added to that, Matthew 18:6 is about
    (a) precedence in the Kingdom of Heaven
    (b) child welfare
    (c) accepting what you are told like a good child

    1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
    2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
    3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
    6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    At least that what the AV says and if it’s good enough for God, it’s good enough for me. Unfortunately I do not know any Polish versions so please correct me if the inerrant word of God is different in Poland from the UK.

  • Matt G

    It’s getting to be so hard to be a bigot…er, I mean a Christian these days!

  • He used company property to call for the death of his co-workers. In what universe is that not a firing offense?