EEOC ‘Clashing’ With Religious Freedom.
Emily Herx had taught literature and language arts at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese in Indiana since 2003. But she filed suit in federal court after she was fired for undergoing in vitro-fertilization fertilization (IVF), which is contrary to Catholic teaching. The diocese has stated it is “saddened” by the lawsuit and denies any discrimination occurred.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow that the diocese has a right to fire an employee for violating its religious beliefs. In the case of IVC, fertilized eggs are implanted, but others are destroyed.
“But what we see is the Barack Obama-controlled EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has become the ideological engine to push forward both abortion and homosexuality,” the attorney notes.
In January, the EEOC ruled in favor of Herx under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title I of the American Disabilities Act against both the diocese and the school, sending the case to federal court. Herx was suffering from infertility, which, according to the lawsuit, is considered a disability under the American Disabilities Act.
Staver notes “the appointment of Chai Feldblum in the EEOC. She believes that, in fact, whenever religion is colliding with some other issue, such as abortion or homosexuality, that religion will be the loser. This is a harbinger,” he says, “of things to come if we don’t have a change in the EEOC, and obviously [in] the people who appoint members of the EEOC.”
Herx claims she had been up-front and honest with Principal Sandra Guffey about her procedures, and when the possibility of fertility treatments was brought up, the principal reportedly told Herx, “You are in my prayers.”
Staver says this case is “a clear clash between religious freedom and values that undermine that religious freedom.” Source/Credit: Charles Butts for onenewsnow.com