Man Fired By American Red Cross For Not Celebrating Homosexuality

Jose jrojas at MINDSPRING.COM
Thu Sep 1 21:36:19 MDT 2005


Apparentlyso:
 
http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=8721
<http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=8721&department=CFI&categoryid=fa
mily> &department=CFI&categoryid=family
 
 

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Homosexuality


I'm wondering what the source of this information is.  Is it verifiable?  Is
it an "urban legend"?
 
 
 

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From: Richard A  <mailto:rum.runner at JUNO.COM> Whitenight 
To: RUSHTALK at athena.csdco.com 
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 8:14 PM
Subject: FW: Man Fired By American Red Cross For Not Celebrating
Homosexuality

Why am I not surprised by this action by the ARC?
 
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Man Fired By American Red Cross For Not Celebrating Homosexuality
 
The American Red Cross fired an employee, Michael Hartman, for expressing
his disagreement with homosexuality.
 
Hartman had been a volunteer and donor for the Red Cross for over 30 years
when he became an employee at the San Diego, California, center.  He had
been there for about eight months when, in the latter part of May 2005, a
mass e-mail was sent to employees reminding everyone that June was Gay and
Lesbian Pride Month and employees were encouraged to "observe" the
celebration.
 
The e-mail, distributed by Chief Diversity Officer David Wilkins, stated,
"It is my pleasure to announce that June will be recognized as Gay and
Lesbian Pride Month at national headquarters..It is only fitting that we
reinforce our organization's commitment to inclusion.by recognizing this
important group and celebrating the many accomplishments they have made to
our organization..I'd like to take this opportunity during the month of June
to encourage field units to extend their reach into gay and lesbian
communities."
 
As a Christian, Hartman was concerned by the e-mail and expressed his
sentiments to his female supervisor, "who did not care." He then e-mailed
several head administrators, who immediately called him into the Red Cross
regional center in Pomona, California. Hartman was reprimanded and told that
his e-mail was "not appropriate."
 
The "inappropriate" e-mail that Hartman sent contained the following
statements:
 
"I would like to start by stating that I am a Christian not willing to
compromise my beliefs to promote the agenda of the homosexual community. I
would also like to say that I think it's disgraceful that while most of us
[at the Red Cross] are trying to save lives, a select few are using this
organization to promote their own lifestyles which in my opinion are
unacceptable."
 
 

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