Mormon professor sacked for support of LGBT people
Ruthie Robertson, a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and a professor at Brigham Young University in Idaho, has been sacked from her job because of her support of LGBT people.
She claimed that she had been sacked from the Mormon-owned university after she posted a message on Facebook which read:
“This is my official announcement and declaration that I believe heterosexuality and homosexuality are both natural and neither is sinful. I will never support the phrase ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ because that ‘sin’ is part of who that person is. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins; if God made us, and those are part of who we are … then God created that as well.”
“I realize that my views counter the current day policies of the LDS Church, but I hope that over time the Church will come to see the harm these policies have.”
The Mormon church teaches that being homosexual is not a sin, but that engaging in homosexual acts is.
Robertson’s post could only be read by her Facebook friends, and not her students, she said.
However, one of her followers reported the post to her employers the following day.
Her employers asked her to delete the post.
After a week, when she had not taken down the post, she was called again by her employers, and informed that she would not be returning to teach in the autumn.
When approached, the university said that it had a long-standing policy on not commenting on personal matters.