Offensive to Pass Round a Petition?

This story from the Mail is unbelievable.

A Christian bus driver has been threatened with disciplinary action for taking a petition backing traditional marriage to work.

Arthur McGeorge, 58, from Consett, County Durham, was accused of being ‘homophobic’ and told to apologise for the offence he had caused.

The petition, which has attracted more than 125,000 signatories, opposes plans to allow same-sex marriage.

It states marriage is the union ‘of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others’.

A colleague at the Go North East bus depot, Stanley, heard about an ‘anti-gay marriage’ petition.

The manager asked Mr McGeorge to promise not to bring it back but he refused and now faces a formal disciplinary procedure.

He said: ‘I’m not prepared to be told what I can discuss in my breaks.’

In an email Unite said: ‘People have a right to views as long as they are not pushing their opinions on others or making them feel alienated.’

Mike Judge of the Christian Institute said: ‘This is yet another example of a complete over-reaction against Christian views.’

Let’s assume for one moment that Mr McGeorge was polite and respectful when he asked his colleagues, in their break time, whether they would like to sign this petition to maintain the current legal position. How is that possibly in anybody’s book a disciplinary offence? Outrageous. I hope he sues.

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