US hate group defends Christian school against a voodoo priest

US hate group defends Christian school against a voodoo priest August 24, 2019
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THE Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), headed by Brad Dacus, above, best known for his hysterical homophobia, has stuck its nose into a dispute between a fundamentalist Christian school and an employee who refused to sign its faith statement.

According to this report, Zaji Zajradhara – “a practitioner of witchcraft” – applied for a job in the business office of Eucon International University, a Christian Bible school located on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is a US territory

Zaji Zajradhara via Mixcloud

After he did not get the job, Zajradhara initiated a labour complaint and the school “felt coerced” into hiring him.

Zajradhara did not show up for his first day of work, and when he did appear later in the week, he refused to agree with the school’s faith statement that all employees are required to sign.

He informed them that he is was a priest of Houngan, a Haitian form of voodoo. When it became clear that Zajradhara’s beliefs and practices were diametrically opposed to theirs, the school sent him a termination letter detailing the incompatibility of witchcraft with the Christian faith. Eucon is a ministry of a Baptist church led by Dr Christian Wei, who was “saved” in 1978.

Zajradhara, through an attorney, initially demanded the equivalent of several years’ wages from Eucon after he had spent less than a week on the job. When the school declined to cough up, Zajradhara obtained a right-to-sue notice from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. The complaint was served in late July, and the school filed its answer this week.

Dacus, President of PJI, commented:

This case illustrates how well-intended and important workplace discrimination laws can be horribly misused and abused. We intend to vigorously defend this Bible school as long as it takes to achieve justice.

PJI’s lead attorney on the case, Matt McReynolds, noted:

No Christian school should ever be forced to hire or pay off a voodoo priest. At a bare minimum, the First Amendment means a religious institution must be allowed to choose those who will affirm and advance their mission and beliefs.

Zajradhara is reportedly well known for filing discrimination suits, some of which have been thrown out of court and others he has been able to settle for thousands of dollars

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  • kaydenpat

    I thought that religious organizations already had the right to discriminate in hiring. Interesting.

  • Matt G

    I believe they can only discriminate when the work is religious. I am an atheist teaching science at a Christian school. If I had applied to be the school’s chaplain, they could reject me for being an atheist.

  • Broga

    So much time focused on these all absorbing religious disputes while the environment goes to hell.

  • igotbanned999

    Is this article trying to say that this guy has a case? Because it sure doesn’t seem that way to me.

  • elropo

    The fact he didn’t show up the first day should have been enough to terminate him. I would have!

  • Amused To Death

    I don’t know whether Barry’s fer it or again’ it, but he seems passionate about it.

  • Broga

    There are some workers who do not “show up to work” as they decide they have a higher priority than doing the job for which someone is paying them. They also have a confident expectation that other workers, already hard pressed, will cover the work they choose not to do. However, should any attempt be made to sack them or even keep back money they have not earned they will feel very badly treated. Explaining in advance why they cannot get to work is not regarded as something they need do. The common courtesies of life, never mind letting those who pay their wages make other arrangements, is not something these people with a “higher calling” see as necessary.

  • rubaxter

    Well, Christer Stoopid is as Christer Stoopid Does.

    I suggest taking the $$$ out of the fool who ultimately gave the OK to hire him.

    School sounds like a scam-artist-at-work, itself, reading the web site provided and looking at the ‘accreditation’ statement.

  • kaydenpat

    Okay. That makes sense. I’m thinking of Ken Ham’s Ark and the fact that he’s allowed to discriminate when it comes to hiring employees.

  • I follow Dacus closely. These two imbeciles deserve each other. It was obviously a setup for the guy to get himself fired.

  • Barry Duke

    I’m indifferent to the the fact that the plaintiff may or may not be given to frivolous lawsuits. I do, however, detest faith-based outfits with a history of persecuting others that come running to the defence of of so-called “persecuted Christians”. I bet this bible school has enough dosh to hire a top-notch secular barrister to defend it against the lawsuit.

  • Amused To Death

    Alles klar, Herr Kommissar

  • The headline and the opening paragraph comprise peripheral assertions that aren’t elaborated on, by way of spin, and links to more spin. The real story starts at the second paragraph.

  • Raging Bee

    He informed them that he is was a priest of Houngan, a Haitian form of voodoo.

    From what I’ve learned about the African-Diaspora religions, “Houngan” is a title akin to priest or high priest; and the name for the religion is “Vodoun,” not “voodoo” — the latter being the Hollywood/pop-culture stereotype, not the real thing. This guy may have a solid legal case, but other than that, he sounds like he’s full of 69shit.

  • 2019 is the year Blade Runner takes place. In the real 2019 we still have adults who still believe magic is real.