Here’s another example of the tolerance that California is so well known for.
A preschool teacher in Los Angeles has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former school, alleging she was fired because she declined to read books about same-sex marriage to her students, who were no older than 5.
The teacher, Nelli Parisenkova, also asserted the Bright Horizons Children’s Center discriminated against her religious beliefs because it refused to allow her an exemption from reading such stories to the kids.
Parisenkova worked there for four years. Her lawsuit noted, “Like many Christians, she has a sincere religious belief that marriage is a sacred covenant divinely instituted by God to be a lifelong union between one man and one woman.”
In the news: British Newspaper’s Reporting On Voting Changes In Central Florida Debunked
“She further believes that it would be sinful for her to personally promote any messages that are contrary to her beliefs regarding this sacred covenant of marriage. This would include messages promoting sexual experimentation before marriage, same-sex marriage, and polyamorous relationships or polygamous marriages.”
At first a supervisor cut her some slack. But that changed in April 2022 when a new director refused. As the lawsuit states, the director “who is lesbian, apparently took personal offense at Ms. Parisenkova’s religious beliefs.”
At one point, the director, Katy Callas, “questioned her in an irate manner,” the lawsuit says, and ironically Callas told Parisenkova “that if she did not want to celebrate diversity this was not the place for her to work.”
“Accommodating Ms. Parisenkova’s religious beliefs would impose almost no burden on Bright Horizons. There were always other employees available who could read the books instead of Ms. Parisenkova,” the lawsuit noted.
“Bright Horizons and Ms. Callas treated Ms. Parisenkova like a criminal, harassed her, and terminated her after four (4) years of faithful service. This treatment was despicable.”
Parisenkova, the complaint added, “cannot personally engage in acts that promote such lifestyles. In this case, Ms. Parisenkova was not posting or displaying any negative messages regarding same-sex relationships. She was only seeking to be excused from promoting same-sex relationships due to the conflict with her sincere religious beliefs.”
Paul Jonna, a lawyer with the Thomas More Society, a Christian public-interest legal group that fights for religious liberty, said in a statement, “This is a clear-cut case of one of the largest childcare employers in the country having anti-religious workplace policies that promote indoctrination of young children with the LGBT agenda.”
“Make sure you know what books are on the shelf in your children’s care programs and schools,” Jonna advised.