A 31-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan woman advertised for a Christian roommate, on her church bulletin board, and is charged with civil rights violations. She faces "several hundreds of dollars in fine and "fair housing training." Odd, though... the unnamed person who filed the complaint says he saw the ad on a church bulletin board.
The complaint's name is blacked out in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights document, but does show that Fair Housing Center of West Michigan v (the first name of the offending woman is given here). Find the link here at ToddStarnes.
Tell me, when are we Americans going to put a stop to this? How many Muslims would live with a Christian? Not many, if any.
“This is outrageous,” said attorney Joel Oster, with the Alliance Defense Fund. His organization is representing the woman free of charge. “Clearly this woman as a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with.”
Oster said he’s sent a letter to the state asking them to dismiss the case as groundless...“The First Amendment guarantees us Freedom of Religion,” he said. “And we have the right to live with someone of the same faith. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is denying her rights by pursuing this complaint.”
Christians shouldn’t live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians,” he said. “It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church–an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity,”The civil rights attorney said she is going ahead with this case and plans to pursue it.
Here's two questions: what if the ad goes out with no mention of Christianity. A Muslim responds. Is it a civil rights violation if the Muslim asks if the ad owner is Christian? Or...if a Christian answers an ad for roommate and is turned down because he/she is not Muslim, would the Muslim be looking at civil rights charges against them?
So, there must have been something offensive in the ad, right?
It included the words, “Christian roommate wanted” along with her contact information. Had the ad not included the word “Christian,’ she said it would not have been illegal.I am becoming fearful of my own country. We are losing our freedom day by day and minute by minute. Really, we must do something about so-called Civil Rights in this country, and we MUST NOT forget that we must do something.
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