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.