Christian Woman Penalized for Religious Beliefs Says ‘I Can’t Take Christ Off Like a Sweater’

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Julea Ward speaking in an Alliance Defending Freedom video posted on May 18, 2017.

A number of American Christian business owners and professionals have spoken out about their need for religious freedom and to be protected from LGBT discrimination lawsuits, arguing that they cannot simply put away their faith at work.

“My case was not just about me. Right now there are other students in programs that are going through what I went through,” high school counselor Julea Ward said in a video posted by Alliance Defending Freedom on Thursday.

“You can’t compartmentalize your relationship with Christ. I can’t take Christ off like a sweater when I go into work, and then put Him back on when its time to leave,” she added.

Ward was expelled from Eastern Michigan University’s counseling program back in 2012 for trying to have a homosexual client reassigned to someone else because of her religious beliefs, though she later received a settlement from the college.

Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media group, who are facing the danger of being fined up to $25,000 in damages if they refuse to provide media and film services to gay couples on their weddings, also said that their case is not really about them.

“This case has always been about protecting freedoms of people to believe what they believe, without fear of government coercion, compulsion, fear of fines, punishment, jail,” Carl Anderson said in the video.

“A government that tells you what you can’t believe is scary. But being told as a creative professional what I must say, is a really scary proposition,” he added, noting that everyone should be free to have a dialog and a conversation.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov