A recent graduate from a Canadian Christian University who applied for a job with a Norwegian wilderness tourism company got the shock of her life when she was "attacked" for her religion in a series of emails in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, is called a "whore" and Jesus is threatened with sodomy.
The graduate, Bethany Paquette, who attended Trinity Western University, said her application was rejected by Amaruk Wilderness Corp. because of her faith. And she provided the series of testy and, at times, obscene emails to prove it, according to CBC.
Amaruk notes the company's website specializes in private guiding, highlighted as "custom expeditions throughout the world for private clients." The firm also "offers wilderness training, support, and logistics, as well as consulting services, to individuals, corporations, and governments," among other services.
"It did really hurt me and I did feel really attacked on the basis that I'm a Christian," Paquette told CBC.
Paquette, who's an experienced river rafting guide, has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in Canada over the rejection.
After applying to be an assistant guide intern with Amaruk, Olaf Amundsen, the company's hiring manager, replied with a rejection email in which he points out that her association with Trinity Western University, which opposes homosexuality, disqualified her from the job.
"I do not understand the purpose of your application considering you do not meet the minimum requirements that are clearly outlined on our website," he began.
"Additionally, considering you were involved with Trinity Western University, I should mention that, unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want, and this is reflected within some of our staff and management," he continued.
"In addition, the Norse background of most of the guys at the management level means that we are not a Christian organization, and most of us actually see Christianity as having destroyed our culture, tradition, and way of life," Amundsen's rejection email ended.
Paquette responded to Amundsen's email with a defense of her Christian faith and charged that the company was being discriminatory toward her and signed it "God bless."
In a follow-up email Amundsen replied, in part: "In asking students to refrain from same-sex relationships, Trinity Western University, and any person associated with it has engaged in discrimination, as well as intolerance against other people's beliefs, religious, and otherwise. … There are also practical concerns about a Christian university that rejects the concept of evolution but still grants 'biology' degrees."
He then noted that if Christians simply abided by the tenets of their faith instead of trying to force their views on others, believers would be tolerable. "However, you force other people to embrace your religious beliefs, by preventing them from doing as they wish with their own life and body. This is where we draw the line however."
She did the right thing by writing a reasonable, measured, and kindly letter to Mr. Amundsen defending her faith. This is how Christians win over the righteous and the sane- through logical, well-written, powerful apologetics. This is directly in line with what Christ said about "loving thy neighbour" and "turning the other cheek"- two quotes that are taken out of context so often, I really do wonder if those who use those quotes ever actually bothered to read the source material.
However, Christianity must also be defended by fire and steel and force of will, when necessary- and that does not mean running to hide behind the skirts of the nearest government organisation willing to take up some imaginary crusade for diversity and tolerance. It means being willing to stand one's ground, to defend the Cross and the Church, to die for both if necessary, in the face of real evil.
Complaining to a government agency about how the big mean hairy Viking dude is picking on you is most assuredly not the way you defend your faith. It is how you lose your faith.
We know that discriminating against Christians is now fully acceptable practice for most government "diversity" agencies- they're the only minority worth discriminating against, because Christians don't really fight back. Think about it- when was the last time you heard a Christian threatening to behead you or crucify you for insulting Jesus? When was the last time you heard of a Christian blowing himself, and dozens or even hundreds of others, up in public to make a point? When was the last time a Christian executed someone using the Blood Eagle?
The moment that Christians stand their ground, and make it clear that they will not be pushed around any more, is the moment that other faiths and persuasions will discover- very probably to their profound regret- that Christianity is strong, and pagan faiths are not. It should be very interesting indeed to see what happens when- not if- that day comes.