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BREAKING: Christian bus driver fired after refusing to drive Calgary ‘Gay Pride bus’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Artur Pawlowski   
Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:00

CALGARY, Alberta, September 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Calgary bus driver who is a faithful Christian and married father of two children has been fired from his job after stating publicly last week that he would refuse to drive a city bus decked out by his employer to promote the city’s Gay ‘Pride’ festival.

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“They called me in and read me a statement saying that I would no longer be working for them,” Jesse Rau, former Calgary Transit Authority employee, told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview.

Two weeks ago Calgary Transit unveiled a “Pride Bus” it had specially decorated with a rainbow paint job to promote the city’s Calgary Pride Festival. A large banner on the side of the bus states: “Ride with Pride” and provides the dates for the celebration of homosexuality, something that Christians believe is a deviation from God’s plan for human sexuality.

Rau came out publicly last week saying that he would refuse to drive the bus if it were put on his route since he wanted no part in promoting what he said was a “very radical sexual movement” that went against his Christian beliefs.

"As a Christian I believe in the Bible as being the Word of God, and it teaches that sexual immorality is sin. I don't want to have any part in promoting behaviors and lifestyles that put people in more trouble with God than they already are, and that create more brokenness and despair in their lives," he said at that time.

Rau says Calgary Transit questioned him for 5 hours on Wednesday with what he called “very trapping questions.”

“They were trying to trip me. For 5 hours I played the game because I wanted to keep my job. But they had obviously already made their decision. And the next day (Thursday) around noon early in the morning, they fired me.”

He said the meeting felt more like an interrogation where he was asked questions unrelated to work duties, but rather relating to his personal beliefs and even the opinions of others who had commented on his Facebook wall.

At a meeting yesterday, Rau said he was accused by his employer of misleading the public into believing that he could be fired from his job for refusing to drive the ‘Pride bus’ and for posting what his employer called — according to Rau — “anti-fascist” pictures on his personal Facebook page.

“One picture was directed against the ‘rainbow flag’ movement, indicating how it had turned into a fascist movement, and they didn’t like that,” Rau said.

Rau said he was “shocked” at the reasons given for him being fired.

“None of their concerns related to my work. On the contrary, prior to this issue, I was told that, due to my good work performance, I was supervisor material. To go from awaiting promotion to facing joblessness simply for standing for my Christian faith in a supposedly free country is horrible,” he said.

Rau told LifeSiteNews that he has no chance of appealing the decision since he was nearing the end of a year-long probation period that he had not yet completed. But he is not wavering in his trust in God, he said, but is turning to God for strength to get through this time. He already sees God working through this difficult situation with a prophetic message for Canadians.

“I think this has become a very beautiful opportunity for Canadians to see just how this sexual ideological movement is pushing its views on people, and how Christians and others who have different views are now the victims. This movement is now taking measures that are offensive to almost everyone to force compliance with this movement,” he said.

Artur Pawlowski, Rau's pastor, told LifeSiteNews that what happened to Rau indicates how the homosexual movement brooks no dissent when it comes to differing views.

“Yesterday they were coming for the politicians, judges, and doctors, today they are coming for the bus drivers, clerks and bakers,” said Pawlowski who comes from Poland and runs Street Church in Calgary.

“Believe me, I grew up in a country (Poland) like ours has become, and I can tell you tomorrow the communists/fascists/dictators are coming for you. Will you let them?”

A vigil for Rau and his family organized by Street Church is scheduled for October 10 in Calgary. Those interested in financially supporting Rau and his family during this time can make a donation through Street Church’s website using Paypal. Donations should be tagged with a note “Support for Rau and his family.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:06
Driver who opposed Calgary Transit's Pride bus says he was let go PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Herald   
Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:57

Erika Stark, Calgary Herald

The Calgary Transit bus driver who said last month he'd quit if he had to drive Calgary's Pride-themed rainbow bus has been fired.

In August, Jesse Rau told media he would not drive the bus, which ran for duration of Pride week along various routes, because it goes against his beliefs as a Christian.

At a press conference Friday, Rau told reporters he was dismissed from his job a day earlier for "standing for (his) Christian faith."

"It's something that I 100 per cent expected," said Rau, who was joined by his pastor Artur Pawlowski at the press conference.

Pawlowski, a controversial street minister, once claimed the 2013 southern Alberta floods were caused, in part, by God's unhappiness about homosexuality.

"I expected that my job was totally on the line," said Rau, who had been on the job for a year and was nearing the end of his probationary period. "The fact that they fired me, it's hurtful, but ... I knew that was on the table."

According to Rau’s notice of termination, which he supplied to reporters, Rau made “false and misleading comments” about the Pride bus that “put the reputation of The City at risk.”

The notice said Calgary Transit advised Rau that he was never asked to drive the bus and would not be assigned to it. When asked if he ever specifically told the city he did not want to drive the bus, Rau said, “that’s not the issue.”

“When I was applying to the City of Calgary, I understood that I was going to be working in a safe environment where others are not allowed to push their beliefs and ideologies on me,” he said.

Rau’s termination notice also cited ‘abhorrent’ Nazi-related content posted on Rau’s Facebook page as another grounds for dismissal.

Rau countered that the Facebook content in question was actually a handful of anti-fascist posts.

Transit director Doug Morgan couldn’t comment specifically on Rau’s case, but said Calgary Transit has a code of conduct that all employees are expected to follow. The code of conduct also covers social media and public comments.

“What we want to do is make sure when statements are made publicly that they reflect truthfulness in the corporation and the values put forward by the City of Calgary and council,” he said.

Pawlowsi will hold a rally at City Hall in October to raise money for Rau to hire a lawyer.

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Christian fired for refusing to drive homosexual shame bus PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:56

by Bill Whatcott » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:27 pm

I'm not surprised at what happened to this righteous man. Jesse Rau is fortunate that he has a church and Pastor who supports him. Still losing a good union job with a pension is huge, especially in Alberta's new economy where thousands of people are out of work now. I pray God helps Jesse and his family to not only recover from this unjust job loss but to prosper.

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I never did fully recover from the loss of my nursing career and I really hit the poverty line when the homosexual activists ruined my carpet cleaning business. It is sad that Canada's public sector employers are absolutely beholden to the promotion of sexual deviance and that good family men like Jesse Rau have to either compromise and pay homage to Sodom or forfeit their employment. This is more evidence that the homosexual agenda is not really about acceptance, it is about imposing a level of conformity where all will meekly accept the falsehoods put forward by Sodom and where one will surrender their children to homosexual mandated brainwashing. The so-called "Pride bus" was only one cog putting forward the false message that homosexuality is normal and to be celebrated. Canadians are now also expected to embrace the pro-homosexual messages being pushed in our schools, in our workplaces (especially government workplaces), and in our media. The option of just being quiet and hoping to not be noticed is becoming less tenable.

Jesse Rau's case shows Canadians are expected to forfeit their liberty in deference to pro-homosexual political correctness. Those who fail to conform will face job losses, vilification, and if they are too outspoken a myriad of courts and tribunals to grind them down. Jesse is not alone. Christian teachers have lost their jobs in Canada for not wanting to indoctrinate children into embracing homosexuality. In Ontario one can no longer practice law if they graduate from a Christian University that does not have a pro-homosexual code of conduct.

The Ontario College of Physicians has made it a policy that doctors must refer for abortions even if they believe the practice is the murder of an innocent human being. The college reasoned this policy change upholds the patient's "human rights." In reality this move violates not only the unborn child's right to life, but it also violates the medical professional's conscience and once again makes it impossible for Christians who believe in the sanctity of human life to work in the medical field.

Can Christian doctors, teachers and bus drivers hope to bring their stories to Canada's "free press" to find justice? Forget it, beyond LifeSite News all of Canada's media is completely beholden to the homosexual agenda and Culture of Death. The only hope for Canada's increasingly persecuted Christian minority is to hope in God and find strength to endure the increasing persecution that is coming to Canada, or Christians will have to consider moving elsewhere.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 14:52
Calgary Transit driver who refused to drive Pride bus claims he was fired PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:42

CALGARY – A Calgary Transit bus driver who said he’d quit before driving the city’s rainbow-coloured “Pride Bus” claims he has been fired.

Jesse Rau said in a statement via Street Church pastor Artur Pawlowski that he was left go on Thursday after being “grilled for five hours” during a “special meeting.”

Rau said Calgary Transit cited two things when they let him go, but claims “none of their concerns related to [his] work.”

Rau had refused to drive the city’s Pride Bus because he said as a Christian, he couldn’t condone the behaviours and lifestyles associated with Pride.

A Calgary Transit spokesperson declined to comment on what he described as “personnel matters.” Director Doug Morgan said he couldn’t talk about any specific employee issues.

“We do have a code of conduct that helps guide our behaviour and we expect all employees to follow that code of conduct,” said Morgan. “We need to make sure that [transit drivers] operate appropriately and deliver great service to Calgarians.”

“If there was a violation–and again I can’t speak on a specific incident–we would take action and have a discussion with employees and see what happened, and investigate and then take action if those policies were breached.”

Rau presented the below letter of termination of employment to reporters Friday afternoon:

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 14:54
Calgary Transit worker says he was fired for refusing to drive rainbow bus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Metro   
Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:37

A Calgary transit bus driver says he was fired because he stood up for his religious beliefs.

Jesse Rau says he was fired from his job as a Calgary Transit driver because of his religious beliefs and refusal to drive the pride bus.

Jesse Rau initially publicly said he would quit his job as a Calgary Transit driver if he was made to drive the rainbow flag wrapped city bus because he’s a Christian and can’t support homosexuality.
Now, in a statement Thursday, Rau said he’d been fired from his job after his Facebook wall was “monitored by his employers,” and he made a public plea to the media “for his right to abstain from promoting the homosexual parade, which goes directly against his Christian beliefs.”

“I was shocked when my supervisor called me in to chastise me about my personal Facebook posts and to inform me that if I wanted to have a good career with the Calgary Transit, that I should stop posting my personal opinions,” he said in his statement. “I never would have imagined that I was not free to express my personal opinions about the changes going on our society in my private time.”

Doug Morgan, director of Calgary Transit, said he was unable to speak to specific employee issues, but said Calgary Transit has a code of conduct that "helps guide our behaviour," that all employees are expected to follow.

"We set that policy up so employees can know what is expected of them in the workplace and customers get to realize that when they are out on the bus," he said.

Morgan said their policy surrounding social media posts that are made publically is simple.

"We want to make sure they reflect truthfulness in the corporation," he said. "We want it to be a true and accurate reflection of what we do in the community."

Rau is connected to street preacher Art Pawlowksi, whose street church has suggested in the past that the 2013 floods were caused in part by Calgary's participation in the annual pride parades.  

Pawlowski has also had several run-ins with the city over noise bylaw infraction involving a loud speaker used for his street preaching.

Pawlowski, however, has claimed he’s never been criminally convicted despite 10 arrests, more than roughly 200 citations and 80 court appearances.

Pawlowski is responsible for both stirring up Rau's initial complaint and also made media aware of Rau's situation via press release Thursday night.

Rau said he didn’t think he might lose his job because of his personal posts, and said Calgary Transit has gone against their own rule that “no ideologies are to be promoted through their organization,” by telling transit employees they would have to drive the pride bus.

Metro has reached out to Calgary Transit who said they would make a statement following Rau’s press conference.

Calgary Transit driver refuses to drive Pride bus, citing ‘radical sexual movement’ PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:13

Global News

CALGARY – A bus driver with Calgary Transit who faced backlash after telling reporters he’d quit before driving a bus decked out in rainbow colours for the city’s Pride festival explained his actions on Monday. City manager Jeff Fielding responded to the man’s position, saying he was not aware of any formal complaints or declarations involving a refusal to drive the bus.

Jesse Rau said he refused to drive the bus unveiled last week because as a Christian, he can’t condone the behaviours and lifestyles associated with Pride, which he said the Bible calls sinful.

Flanked by his wife and two sons,  Rau said it comes down to a “few people” at Calgary Transit who are trying to impose their beliefs on him and other drivers at a press conference Monday.

“There’s a few people that clearly have taken advantage of the climate right now, where people are afraid to speak out against this radical sexual movement that’s happening for fear of leaving their job.”

“So a few people have taken advantage of that within Calgary Transit and have pushed their personal ideologies, their personal beliefs, their personal agenda onto the employees,” said Rau.

Three weeks ago, Rau said Transit officials asked him to remove an anti-pride Facebook post from his personal account. He said he complied with that request.

Rau said after his shift this past weekend, he was told to see a supervisor and was told then that he was texting while driving, which he vehemently denied doing.

He said he loves his job and refuses to quit. When asked if he thought he’d be fired over his comments, he said he didn’t feel he’d get fired because of the current media attention, but then added: “my goose is cooked.”

Fielding said the city expects staff to live up to its standards, code of practices and to “understand the responsibility they have as a city of Calgary employee.”

“We haven’t had a declaration from the employee in terms of whether or not he wanted to drive the bus or not; we haven’t had that conversation,” said Fielding. “Anything that precipitates out of this will be addressed by our code of conduct. If it’s a personnel matter, we’ll discuss that at the time.”

Fielding said there was no discussion to pull the Pride-decorated bus. He said the city is “doing the right things” and feels it has the support of the community.

Meantime, Calgary Pride organizers said Monday its focus is on “celebrating diversity with all Calgarians this week during the biggest Pride in Calgary’s history.”

A Friday statement from Pride spokesperson Craig Sklenar said: “This is a matter between Calgary Transit and their employees. We are happy with our first ever partnership with Calgary Transit and look forward to a great Pride Week.”

The Rainbow Pride Bus will travel on Route 2 starting at 4:15 p.m. Monday and will travel various routes throughout the week.

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