Polish bishops accuse Ikea of ‘LGBT indoctrination’

Polish bishops accuse Ikea of 'LGBT indoctrination'
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Polish bishops on Saturday denounced Swedish furniture giant Ikea for what they called “LGBT indoctrination” after an employee was sacked for refusing to take down a homophobic comment he posted on the firm’s internal website.

“From the point of view of the law and above all of propriety and common sense, it is unacceptable to attack the Ikea employee who refused LGBT indoctrination in the workplace,” the bishops said in a statement.

The worker in question, named in Polish media only as Tomasz K, was fired after writing on the internal company website that “acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is a source of scandal”.

The man also quoted passages from the Old Testament in the post, including “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).

At the time Ikea had asked workers to participate in celebrations of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on May 16.

Management also requested that employees ask transgender customers what pronoun they preferred to be addressed with, as well as engage in conversations with LGBT customers about their partners and families.

“I’ve been hired to sell furniture but I’m a Catholic and these aren’t my values,” Tomasz K told local broadcaster TVP Info.

He has since filed a lawsuit against Ikea, accusing the furniture retailer of religious discrimination.

The bishops congratulated him on his “courage” in defending his faith in everyday life in an “exemplary” way.

Ikea on the other hand has said that the worker’s comments could have offended “the dignity of members of the LGBT community” especially his “quotes from the Old Testament about death and blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexual people”.

The company’s justification for firing the Poland-based employee was that their company policy was “not to tolerate discrimination and exclusionary attitudes” and that he was “expressing his opinion in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT people”.

 

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3 Responses to Polish bishops accuse Ikea of ‘LGBT indoctrination’

  1. newsandtimes says:

    I am not an expert on Civil law, not sure ikea will win this and will only garnish more conserverative support for the Church. Good on him for standing up for his rights and beliefs, we will not all be indoctrinated with marxism.

  2. If IKEA hadn’t pushed their views on him, I’m sure he would not have had reason to respond. They don’t like hearing it back. Good on him for making the point.

  3. kathleen says:

    What hypocrites these IKEA company directors are! They say their company policy is “not to tolerate discrimination and exclusionary attitudes” and those are exactly the attitudes they are demonstrating towards this worker whose beliefs happen to differ from theirs. This is just so typical of the bossy left-leaning secularists of today.

    And talking of Sweden, according to many ex-pat Swedes I have come across, the country has been totally ruined by the decades of extreme liberal policies of their government. Free abortion and contraception has made birth rates plummet. Open immigration has been a miserable failure that has brought crime figures (including rape and murder) soaring unbelievably high, teachers unable to teach in unruly schools, Swedish culture fast disappearing… etc.

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