Today our beleaguered justice system proved once again the power of a secular state. Judge Dion Basson ruled in favour of Johan Strydom in his case against the NG Kerk of Moreleta Park. Mr Strydom was employed as a music teacher in the church, but he was fired in 2005 when the church discovered that he was in a homosexual relationship.
This ruling was passed a single day after the church accused Strydom of using the law suit as a publicity stunt.
Johan Louw, senior council for the church, argued that
“it was unlikely that equality considerations could outweigh the enormous impact of failing to give churches an exemption in relation to their spiritual leaders.”
That’s right, as far as the NG Kerk is concerned, we should all give up our rights to equality, dignity, privacy and the freedom to work in the profession of our choice, in exchange for the freedom of their spiritual leaders!
No, you didn’t step in anything, that smell is the NG Kerk defecating on your hard won constitutional rights.
Although I do not disagree with the fact that Mr Strydom is owed an apology, I think that the NG Kerk owes every single South African citizen an apology for suggesting for one moment that their leaders should be allowed to discriminate against any and every one of us based purely on their status within their religious institution.
It is times like this, when a church considers their doctrine to be more important then the basic rights of the population of a country, whether or not we are members of that church, that every one of us has to stand up and object in the harshest possible terms.
No! NG Kerk does not have the right to take away my constitutional freedoms!
If you are as insulted by this as I am, please drop the NG Kerk of Moreleta Park an email to let them know, their address is provided by their website; firstname.lastname@example.org