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    Relate therapist Gary McFarlane loses appeal bid

    Any thoughts? Should he have lost his job? Can people pick and choose which parts of their job description they fulfill according to their religious beliefs? Or should he just go and find a job with a Christian counselling service?

    BBC News - Relate therapist Gary McFarlane loses appeal bid
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    Re: Relate therapist Gary McFarlane loses appeal bid

    I think in a diverse society, that Christians should be accomodated. The agency should try to match their clients with the therapist most suited for that client. They should have been grateful that they had a variety of therapists employed, since they most likely have a variety of clients.

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    Re: Relate therapist Gary McFarlane loses appeal bid

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I think in a diverse society, that Christians should be accomodated. The agency should try to match their clients with the therapist most suited for that client. They should have been grateful that they had a variety of therapists employed, since they most likely have a variety of clients.
    I tend to disagree. If all varieties of religious peccadilloes were 'accommodated', then it would be hard to offer an across-the-board, 24/7 service. I have no idea what percentage of Relate's clients might be gay, but ruling those out would seem to make a Christian such as Mr McFarlane significantly less use to the organisation than someone without his prejudice (I'm using that word in its strict meaning i.e. not chauvinist but his pre-programmed opinion).

    I think that perhaps someone unable to approach his work in a non-judgemental state of mind should probably involve himself in an activity which doesn't require a non-judgemental attitude as a sine qua non.
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    Re: Relate therapist Gary McFarlane loses appeal bid

    I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand I think the company is in the wrong in this case because the company forced Mr. McFarlane to state his beliefs. They could have easily handled the situation by not giving Mr. McFarlane clients that were gay and had him help other ones instead without all this publicity. Noone would have known publicly, and this wouldn't have hurt the company.

    On the other hand, I think the company has the right to staff it's employees with people they feel will not discriminate against their clientele.

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