A CDC-contracted counselor refused to help a lesbian woman and got fired. Now she's filing suit saying her religious beliefs were violated:
There's no dispute that a woman came to Marcia Walden in 2007 for advice involving a same-sex relationship, and Walden was let go after she told the woman she couldn't help because her "personal values" as a devout Christian prevented her from offering any assistance. The woman, who was not named in legal filings, complained to administrators that she felt "judged and condemned" by Walden after the encounter.
The company that the CDC had hired to provide counseling services, Computer Sciences Corporation, terminated Walden at the CDC's request.[...]
"She was targeted for mistreatment based on her religious beliefs," said Campbell, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative religious rights organization that took the case. "It's not her burden to come up with an excuse. She was offered one dishonest option -- to say she didn't have the expertise to handle the case -- and she refused it."
Please. The counselor had the option to refer the client to someone else without saying anything (already generous, in my opinion), but she chose to lecture the client on her sex life instead. A religious edict that says that professionals must insult strangers (on the government's dime, naturally) should not be accommodated by any employer worth their salt, much less the government of a modern democracy.