Christian School Fires Single Woman For Having PreMarital Sex But Offers Her Job to Her Single Boyfriend Who They Know Had PreMarital Sex Too
It’s double standard time, double standard time! Some Christians value female virginity, but not male virginity.
I’m rather divided about this.
If Christian employers are going to be strict about pre-marital sex, obviously, a woman’s pregnancy status reveals she had sex (unless she used artificial means, see other story below), but how does one tell looking at a man if he had sex or not?
It’s nice to see some Christians upholding sexual purity standards, because most Christians these days excuse and rationalize sexual sin which makes me want to barf, but I’m not cool with it when it’s being inconsistently enforced, holding women accountable but not men.
Another reason this bothers me: do these same employers kick out or penalize married Christian men (or married women) who have affairs, who use porn? If a married guy is looking at porn on his home computer, how would his Christian employer know?
Are they only singling out singles for sexual misconduct? If so, I don’t know if I can hop on board in agreement with schools and other Christian organizations who handle employees this way.
Another thing that strikes me as weird about these types of stories is that many Christians are opposed to abortion, which is fine (I myself am pro-life), but it seems strange to me to, in a round-about way, punish an unmarried woman for opting to carry her pregnancy to term.
The women in these stories could have easily run down to an abortion clinic somewhere and had their unborn child aborted, but they did not.
Some of the college spokespersons say no, they are not punishing these women for being pregnant, but rather for having pre-marital sex – but to me, that’s a distinction without much of a difference.
- By Katherine Bindley
Posted: 03/01/2013 3:20 pm EST
A former employee at a Christian college has enlisted the help of high-profile attorney Gloria Allred to sue a California school that allegedly fired her for engaging in premarital sex, NBC’s “Today” reports. In a bizarre twist, the school reportedly went on to offer the pregnant woman’s job to her then-fiance.
Teri James, 29, told the news outlet that she did sign a two-page contract with San Diego Christian College that included a provision agreeing not to engage in “sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex.”
“I needed a job in this economy and so I never thought that anything would happen,” James explained to “Today.”
But James said she was humiliated after being pulled into her supervisor’s office last fall, where she was asked if she was pregnant and then was let go. After James lost her job, she claims the school offered a position to her now-husband, even though they were aware he’d had sex before getting married, too.
During a news conference featured in a KTLA report, James said she felt she was treated unfairly.
“I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood,” James said.
Legal clashes involving teachers at religious schools who’ve been fired for pre-marital sex are not entirely uncommon.
… And as ABC News previously reported, an unmarried teacher in Texas sought legal counsel after she was fired over her pregnancy. The women offered to expedite her wedding in order to keep her job, but school officials still said “no,” claiming the pregnancy violated their definition of being a Christian role model.
… As Christianity Today reported in 2012, a third of the faculty at the Southern Baptist-based Shorter University decided to quit rather than sign a “lifestyle statement,” which condemned drinking in public, sex before marriage and homosexuality.
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- (UPDATED) The Supreme Court may have strengthened the rights of Christian employers, but Cincinnati jury sides with lesbian teacher fired after becoming pregnant via artificial insemination.
… Even after Hosana-Tabor, fired employees are continuing to sue.
High-profile lawyer Gloria Allred has filed a lawsuit against San Diego Christian College alleging it fired a then-unmarried employee, Teri James, for having premarital sex with her fiance and getting pregnant.
James, who is now married and expecting her child in June, alleges she was wrongfully terminated; the college says James violated its moral code, which she had agreed in writing to uphold.
School says she was fired for having premarital sex, violating agreement
By Dorian Hargrove, Feb. 13, 2014
A former employee at San Diego Christian College claims administrators fired her after learning she had engaged in premarital sex with her then-fiancé, becoming pregnant out of wedlock, a violation of the school’s contract with employees.
Attorneys for Teri James filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, February 12, accusing the Christian liberal arts college in Santee of employee and gender discrimination.
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