Imagine if an 18-year-old lesbian was fired from a Christian small business simply because she posted on her own private Facebook page that she thinks homosexual marriage is the way to go. All hell would break loose. The media would crucify the company, and the state would quickly step in and seek to shut it down for all its hate crimes, discrimination, bigotry and intolerance.
The whole world would rally around this poor young girl and condemn in the strongest of terms this hate-filled, narrow-minded, and bigoted business for their horrible actions. The gal would be an instant hero and celebrity and would appear on all the talk shows, media outlets and news programs. Instant stardom and a new career would be her immediate fate.
Certainly the business would soon be forced to close by the State or by an incensed and outraged community. If not, there would be an instant boycott of the company, and soon enough it would be forced to go out of business. No one would stand for that sort of treatment.
But wait a minute here. What if the shoe was on the other foot. What if we just reverse roles here for a minute. What if a pro-homosexual business owner had employed an 18yo gal who was also a Christian. What if she posted on her own private FB page that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
And what if upon learning about this, the business owner immediately fired the young girl? Well guess what folks, you do not need to imagine anything, because this has already happened here in Australia. It occurred in Canberra just last year.
I wrote about this story at the time in these two articles:
And just today we learned about the final outcome of this case. Was the small business owner penalised by the state? Was she at least reprimanded for her actions? Was she found guilty of violating any laws? Um, nope. She was completely cleared and everything is just peachy for the owner. As one media report states:
A woman who stopped using the services of a children’s party entertainer after learning she publicly supported the No side of the same-sex marriage debate has been cleared by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Madlin Sims’s party business ended its relationship with a contractor, identified only as Madeline, after she posted a Facebook frame saying “it’s OK to vote No”. At the time Ms Sims said “I don’t like sh*t morals”, in a Facebook post about her decision.
The case was subsequently referred to Fair Work to determine whether Ms Sims broke the law by firing Madeline and whether Ms Sims should have treated her as an employee rather than a contractor. But in a letter a fair work inspector said that due to insufficient evidence to determine whether the woman met the definition of employee, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) would pursue no further action.
Hmm, why am I not surprised at this outcome? Why am I not surprised that the Christian was effectively shafted while the business owner received a ‘get out of jail free’ card? At best they are using weasel words and iffy legal technicalities to sneak their way out of things here.
So if you are a Christian you can be fired with no repercussions simply for having a non-PC view on marriage. Nothing will happen to the business. It is all just fine according to the powers that be. But as I said, imagine if things were the other way around. The outcome would undoubtedly have been entirely different.
Now the thing I am trying to highlight here is this: the rank hypocrisy and double standards of the left. If the latter case had happened they would be baying for blood. They would be outraged and doing all they can to turn this into the most important news story of the year.
But because it was lefties persecuting a Christian, no big deal. That is just hunky dory. It is this blatant inconsistency and double standards I am highlighting here. As I have written elsewhere, I do think there is a place for small businesses to offer some discretion as to who they employ and serve.
I think a Jewish small business should not be forced to employ a neo-Nazi. I think a black baker should not have to make pro-KKK cakes. I think a Christian florist should not have to serve at a homosexual wedding. And I even think a lesbian photographer should not be forced to work at a Christian function if she does not want to.
So I am NOT saying small business owners should have no freedom in this regard. But this case was somewhat different, and appears to be a case of unfair dismissal. But even if it was a legally and ethically OK dismissal according to the State, the double standards here are still the main issue.
The left and the rainbow activists think it is fine for Christians to be treated with contempt in these cases, but they go ballistic if it happens to one of their own. Hypocrisy much? Double standards much?