First of all, Father Hodges, whatever happened to, … well, allow me to quote Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus): “…according to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies 'must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'”
Specifically, Hall, 42, was told by his superiors to view a 17-minute video that includes “tips for increasing cultural awareness in a diverse and inclusive environment.”
Hall refused, explaining that the training endorses sinful behavior. “I'm not going to certify sin,” he explained to WCIA-TV.
Do you believe, Fr. Hodges, that treating gay people with dignity and respect in the workplace “endorses sinful behavior?” Do you honestly believe that Mr. Hall is being reasonable? After all, you are repeating this drivel and championing his cause. I can tell you, as a retired CEO, that I have employed people whose views are hostile to LGBT coworkers. I do not really care as long as they treat all of their coworkers with respect. BTW, Mr. Hall's ass would be out the door in a New York minute; not for his idiotic homophobia but because he refuses to participate in mandatory training.
Mr. Hall's problem stems from his belief that his approval of others is somehow necessary. And it gets worse:
Hall explained that he thought the training was basically homosexual propaganda and said the First Amendment free exercise of religion gave him the constitutional right to not participate in “abomination” training.No Mr. Hall. That is not what “Free Exercise” means. Mr. Hall has the right to practice his religion as he pleases so long as (in this case) it doesn't come into conflict with a compelling government interest which, in this case, is workplace harmony which is part of workplace productivity. No court is going to find that watching a film is an unreasonable burden. Asking an employee to treat minorities with respect is not a burden which means that training them to do so is not a burden.
He shared that he has gay and lesbian friends, he holds no animosity against anyone, and he does not discriminate against anyone, but diversity "training" in sexual deviance went against his religious beliefs.Sure as hell could have fooled me. If he actually has gay friends then isn't he, as he claims, “endorsing sinful behavior?”
Hall is a self-righteous ignoramus of less importance than the misguided Catholic priest who doesn't see how preposterous this all is. And it gets worse:
“David Hall is a hero,” Americans for Truth president Peter LaBarbera told LifeSiteNews. “He is absolutely correct: LGBT 'diversity' sessions and films are NOT truly 'diverse' because they disrespect or ignore faith-based and moral opposition to homosexualism and transsexualism.”Once you get to the point of quoting hate group leader Porno Pete there is no hope for either intellectual curiosity or critical thinking on the part of the author. Father Hodges is a sociopath and a done deal.