Shocking News That Christian Organisation wants to Employ Christian Manager!
The following letter appeared in The Scotsman on Tuesday 21st July
We were shocked to learn that a Dundee-based food bank charity run by the Trussell Trust has advertised a £24,000-a-year job insisting the role MUST go to a “committed Christian”.We fail to see why Christian belief or lack of it would in any way effect someone’s ability to take this job.Imagine the religious outcry if a similar position were to demand only non-religious candidates!Why do some Christians continue to believe that they uniquely are exempt from equality legislation?
Neil Barber of the Edinburgh Secular Society (Letters, 21 July) “fails to see” why a Christian food bank advertises for a manager who is a Christian.While I don’t think that society should be governed by the Secular Society’s inability to see the blindingly obvious, perhaps you will allow an attempt to bring light.
The Dundee food bank is part of the Trussell Trust, which provides for tens of thousands of people in need in Dundee and throughout the country. They do so regardless of religion, social status etc.But it is a Christian organisation that gets much of its support and volunteers from the churches. The manager is required to represent the food bank to those churches and speak at services etc, therefore it is perfectly legal and acceptable for it to ask that the manager be a Christian.
It is petty and vindictive and indicates precisely the difference between the Christian churches, who act upon their faith, and the secular faith, which spends all its time attacking others.
Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland
St Peters Free Church