Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ad for Christian roommate brings civil rights complaint

According to Fox News,
A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate.
The ad "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.
This is the brave new world of the Left where bigotry against Christianity and arbitrary views of discrimination trump freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association (Hat tip: Jen H.)

How any Christian could in good conscience vote for anyone on the Left is beyond me.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

From the article "Harold Core, director of public affairs with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, told the Grand Rapids Press that the Fair Housing Act prevents people from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion, race or handicap with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling."

The Fair Housing Act (as summarized by the US government) says "No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap" (http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/FHLaws/yourrights.cfm)

Harold apparently decided to omit 'sex'... which seems a little odd because MOST roommate advertisements specify the sex of the preferred roommate.

A quick look on Craigslist for Grand Rapids and you find that this specifying the sex of your desired roommate is very common (and I think reasonable).

This case should be won by the ADF, but it's absurd that private resources have to be spent to protect citizens from an abusive government that claims to value freedom.

Kevin said...

To clarify the point of my last comment... discriminating against potential roommates based on their sex seems reasonable and is extremely common. It seems that either the Western Michigan Fair Housing Authority either misunderstands the law and has chosen to single out a Christian while ignoring others, or the US government is not clearly stating what the Fair Housing Act protects.

professor ed said...

As always Kevin raises some valid points. Let me add another concern. This ad was posted on a church bulletin board. Does this contemplated action by Michigan mean we all have to watch what we post on our church bulletin boards?

Dennis said...

For liberals, "Separation of Church and State" is increasingly becoming a one way street--protecting the government and "Public Square" from Christian ideas.

The First Amendment was actually created to work the other way: protecting churches and Christians from the government!