The popular Sweden-based furniture retailer IKEA is being sued after it fired an employee in Poland for posting Bible verses to voice his objection to the company’s promotion of “LGBT rights.”
The former employee, identified only as Tomasz K., told state broadcaster TVP Info that he was let go from the store in Krakow after he declined to delete a comment he posted on the company’s intranet.
The comment in question was critical of an event the company hosted in May to show solidarity with the LGBT community.
“I was shaken up, I’ve been hired to sell furniture but I’m a Catholic and these aren’t my values,” Tomasz explained.
In a statement, the company said it published an article on May 16, the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, presenting IKEA’s “values and position” on the LGBT issues.
The statement added that the employee published a comment under the article voicing “his opinion in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT + persons.”
According to the Catholic News Agency, Tomasz posted two verses from Scripture in his objection to the company promoting homosexuality.
One verse was Matthew 18:6, which reads: “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.”
The other verse, Leviticus 20:13, reads: “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.”
The company further noted in its statement that many fellow employees contacted IKEA human resources about Tomasz’s post.
“The employee actually used quotes from the Old Testament about death and blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexuals,” the statement reads. “Many employees concerned by this entry contacted our HR department.”
The company’s statement explains that the “basis of our corporate culture is freedom of opinion, tolerance and respect for each employee.”
“Our human rights and equality policy, supported by our Code of Conduct, addresses in particular nontolerance for discrimination and exclusionary behavior,” the statement reads. “We respect people from all religious backgrounds and appreciate the fact that we are different. This does not mean, however, that we support exclusionary behavior in the name of any other view.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith