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Illinois man’s refusal to watch LGBT video could cost him his livelihood

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CHAMPAIGN — A Social Security Administration employee who refused to watch a mandated "diversity" video about LGBT sensitivity, fears he may lose his job because of it.

David Hall, 42, of Tolono has worked for the federal agency for 14 years as an area systems coordinator, an information technology position.

In April, employees were required to certify that they had seen the video. Hall said he is a Christian — "not anti-anyone or anything," but "for God, for Jesus" — and believes the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. So he didn't watch it.

His supervisor gave him direct orders to do so. Hall refused. As a result, an official reprimand was placed in his file — the first he has ever received — and he was suspended without pay for two days, Aug. 15-16.

Hall returned to work on Aug. 17. His supervisor has explained he will receive further discipline if he does not complete the video. Hall said he expects he will eventually lose his job over his refusal to do so.

"I think this is an issue they are prepared to go to the mat with, but I'm not going to give up my faith or compromise my beliefs just to go along and get along. I don't believe God wants me to do that," Hall said. He believes the Constitution grants him certain rights and religious freedoms, just as it grants certain rights to others.

"I'm not judging the LGBT community … But I believe tolerance is a two-way street," Hall said. "Unfortunately, I believe they're wrong. But neither of us should lose our jobs or livelihood for our beliefs.

Hall said he has prayed about this issue and talked it over with friends and family, including his wife and three kids. With a family to support, a mortgage, car payment and health insurance through his job, Hall said he is taking a risk making this stand.

"This is something I want to fight and expose," Hall said, "to give other Christians the courage of their convictions. I can't tell you how many I've worked with that have told me, 'Dave, we agree with you 100 percent. I wish I had the courage to do that.' But they're scared. … Their fears are being realized through me."

h/t: The News-Gazette

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Reminds me of my 1968 problem with an employer who DEMANDED I “contribute a donation” to the Aurora United Way so the company could get it’s “100 per cent contributor” plaque to hang on the Board Room wall.
    That blackmailing has guaranteed I NEVER gave the United Way a cent after that.

  2. I’ll give one example… currently there are a homosexual couple who have faux married, that have sued a B&B owner because they would not host same-sex pervert celebration. The homos want to deny the B&B owners their constitutionally protected religious freedoms… just like Nazi fascists.
    The homos and the fascist state Human Rights commission are trying to FORCE the B&B owners to sin and force the owners to violate their religious right of conscience. Even though the top law of the state, the Illinois constitution protects religious freedom.
    From the Illinois Constitution’s Bill of Rights: Article 1, Section 3. Religious Freedom
    “The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.” (Source: Illinois Constitution)
    The perv lobby are indeed modern day freedom stealing fascists!

  3. Sure – they use the state to put people with whom they disagree out of business, they use their corporate medi friends to smear and humiliate, they use the state to force private religious groups to kowtow to their version of a “wedding”, they shut down free speech, threaten, bully, intimidate. Need more? They and their black lives matter friends are modern day brown shirts.