Only In Cinci-NASTY!
Cincinnati Hills, a nondenominational “Christian” academy located in Cincinnati, OH has fired Jonathan Zeng, a singer and music teacher just a few hours after hiring him when they found out the was gay.
Shortly after the conclusion of this meeting, Mr. Thompson called and asked me to return to complete some necessary business they had forgotten. He explained that there was an issue weighing on his mind because of my application answers regarding my belief in Christ’s unconditional love and that we as Christ’s followers are to show that love to all without judgment. These responses prompted him to ask if I was a homosexual. I was completely taken aback by this and asked why that was important. He explained that it was school policy not to employ teachers who are homosexual. When I asked why, he said that it was because I would work with children and because of the sanctity of marriage. I can’t begin to say how offensive and painful his comments were. I had no idea the school held such a viewpoint. Mr. Thompson was kind enough to offer me a ride, which I refused.
Federal laws will not protect Jonathan Zeng against job discrimination on the basis that he is gay. Cincinnati does have a local ordinance however called the Cincinnati’s Human Rights ordinance, which went into effect in 2006 that does make it a criminal violation for Cincinnati employers to discriminate against someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender but religious institutions are exempt and if the school a “christian academy” it might not be able to use the law against them. But even if it can be used against them the maxium fine is only $1000.00