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Bring a gun to a knife fight: To settle a lawsuit Kroeger has agreed to pay $180K to two Arkansas workers whom the company had fired when both asked to be excused from wearing company aprons that included a rainbow heart that they believed endorsed the queer agenda.
Workers at the store got the new uniforms in April 2019 that included a rainbow heart embroidered on the top left portion of the bib, according to court documents. Both of the workers believe the “literal interpretation of the Bible,” held “religious belief that homosexuality is a sin” and “sincerely believed the apron violated (their) religious beliefs,” according to the lawsuit.
One employee asked to wear their nametag over the logo. Another asked for a different apron. Both employees were fired within two months.
The image to the right shows an apron with this rainbow heart. While some suggest this heart has nothing to do with promoting homosexual rights, the company’s strong advocacy of the queer agenda says otherwise. From Kroger’s own website:
At The Kroger Co., we embrace diversity and inclusion as core values, and we ingrain these in everything we do. We proudly support our LGBTQ+ friends and family, and we’re proud of being named Human Rights Campaign Company of the Year in Greater Cincinnati.
The Kroger promotional video at this website is especially blunt about its support and advocacy of the queer agenda, under the guise of “inclusion” and “diversity.” It shows the company’s enthusiastic participation in a gay pride parade, including its own float with very young children included.
Kroger’s embrace of “inclusion” however did not include these two Christian employees, who were both fired simply because they expressed a dissenting view. As a result, the company now has pay both for violating their civil rights.
As part of the settlement, announced Thursday, Kroger has also agreed to develop a religious accommodation policy that will provide guidelines for workers seeking consideration for their beliefs. The company will also provide training to adhere to the policy.
Anyone who thinks this company is now going to treat its Christian employees fairly, however, is living in a fantasy world. Consider for example this exchange between Kroger’s CEO Rodney McMullen and Senator Tom Cotton at Senate hearings this week:
It is very clear from McMullen’s responses that he has no interest in protecting the rights of Christians, even after this settlement. The company will go through the motions, but based on its very clear pro-queer promotional materials, it will likely make life very uncomfortable for any practicing Christian or Jewish employees.
On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.
The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News