A complaint by a Christian teacher, Po Chiang, has been thrown out by the BCHRT. Chiang alleged that she was subject to discrimination based on her religious beliefs. Her complaints were as follows:
1) Chiang was asked by a fellow teacher (Ferguson) to put rainbow stickers on her doorway to show support for the GLBT cause.
2) Ferguson e-mailed to all teachers a video clip of an American radical Christian organization demonstrating against homosexuality, with the caption, “Here is a reminder of how some young people are still being taught to hate”.
3) Chiang’s was labeled by her principal as “extreme” even though she says that she has not shared her personal views.
4) An extra-curricular Christian group that Chiang sponsored was denied the privileges that other extra-curricular groups enjoyed. Other teachers told Chiang that they had been warned about her group.
5) Chiang was accused of stalling the approval of some gay literature for the school library. Chiang insisted she was following policy.
The reason that I’m happy with the BCHRT ruling to dismiss the complaint is that I don’t think they should be hearing ANY complaints. None of the actions that Chiang alleges are criminal. She should develop a thicker skin and look for other ways to fight her battles, rather than running to government agencies.
But the following questions must be asked:
1) Would the BCHRT have sanctioned Chiang if she distributed crucifixes to her fellow teachers, telling them to put them up on their doors to show support for their Christian students?
2) Would the BCHRT have sanctioned Chiang if she sent around a clip of a gay pride parade with the caption, “Here is a reminder of how some young people are still being taught to be sexually immoral”?
3) Would a Christian principal be sanctioned by the BCHRT if he/she described a teacher as “extreme” for rejecting religion as a myth?
4) Would a Christian principal be sanctioned by the BCHRT for enforcing rules on a GLBT extra-curricular group but not on any other?
5) Would a Christian principal be sanctioned by the BCHRT for demanding that certain Christian books be railroaded through the process of getting into the public school library?
Cross-posted at SF