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Catholic employee fired for putting ‘assigned by God’ in company profile

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by Tony Ademiluyi

The United States which was originally built on religious liberty is now being threatened by the malevolent forces of LGBTQ apologists all in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness.’
Lifesite News reports that a Catholic software engineer was fired by his former employer for putting “Assigned by God” as his “preferred pronouns,” an act which was precedented by pressure from the company to display “gender identity” in the name of “inclusion.”

Chad Scharf, who used to work as the vice president for software engineering at the password management company Bitwarden, lost his job for refusing to violate his religious beliefs by endorsing gender ideology, according to a lawsuit filed at the end of May.

“Ultimately, I was fired because my faith ‘may offend’ someone or could have made someone ‘feel unwelcome,’” Scharf told LifeSiteNews via email. “These are the statements used by the head of HR to complain to the CEO which reasoned that my faith was somehow harassing people through the statement of ‘assigned by God’ in the pronoun field of my Slack profile.”

“There wasn’t even an actual complaint of harassment or offense, it was purely based on virtue-signaling and speculative presumption.”

According to the complaint filed on May 25, Scharf began working for the company in 2020, one year before company-wide “inclusivity” efforts were initiated. Along with other employees, Scharf was “pressured by the company to add pronouns to his Slack profile, [and] he chose those in conformity with his religious belief: ‘Assigned by God.’”

When asked to remove the “preferred pronouns,” he refused to contradict his Catholic faith and argued “that Bitwarden’s policies and practices discriminated against his religion.” The complaint added that “Mr. Scharf was very good at his job and, until he voiced his religious beliefs, never had any issues at work.”

Beginning in March 2021 – one month after being pressured to include “preferred pronouns” in his Slack profile – the company’s human resources department asked him “to remove his pronouns [‘Assigned by God’] and informed Mr. Scharf that he could keep his faith at work but not show it.”

Lifesite News went further to report: Scharf is seeking back pay and benefits for the company firing him through religious discrimination as well as “front-pay and/or reinstatement, stock options, compensatory damages, including emotion distress damages…punitive damages and pre and post-judgement interest thereon.”

“The thing that I was baffled about was that when I asked the head of HR why it was okay for me to be offended when seeing others list their pronouns but others could not be ‘offended’ with my pronoun,” Scharf told LifeSiteNews. “She never answered me but instead shrugged her shoulders.”
“The whole thing is still quite a blur to me simply because I cannot believe we are where we are in society,” he added.

What is wrong with the brave software engineer proudly displaying his religious belief in a Secular State like America? Why the warped definition given to ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness?’ Why are Christians being hounded and harassed needlessly for their noble beliefs?
It is wrong for the company to pander to the woke ideological agenda of surreptitiously entrenching the suppression of religious beliefs in furtherance of their ultimate goal of creating a global godless State commencing from Uncle Sam.

Christians especially the professionals and intelligentsia must sturdily fight back as posterity would hold them to account if they choose the cowardly and safer road of succumbing to the scam called political correctness.

I wholeheartedly support the quest by Engr. Scharf to get justice in the form of monetary compensation from the cruel company. This bullying using crude arm-twisting tactics of financial impoverishment of the Christians is most reprehensible and highly condemnable as the liberals have a sinister plan to reduce conservatives to mendicants if they dare to tell ancient truths of the beauty of a culture of life.

Challenges are opportunities. It is high time conservatives became more creative and thought about ways of being independent of the globe’s financial system which is tragically controlled by the liberals. That way they can express their religious beliefs without the fear of a backlash.
Conservatives in America backed by the ones outside it in the sturdy belief in the Catholic concept of the Communion of Saints should stand behind Scharf and ensure that the financial resources he needs to get justice is provided for him.
I want to publicly identify with him with my widow’s mite using the instrumentality of my pen – Justice for Chad Scharf Now!

Tony Ademiluyi is the Director, Media & Publicity West Africa for West African Christian Voice Trumpet Call Ministry and is a contributing writer for the Project for Human Development. He can be reached at +2348167677075.

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