Evangelical says it is his religious belief to make “pervert” posters. The authorities said no. / LGBTQ Nation
An evangelical Christian conspiracy has filed a lawsuit against SuperValu, the largest grocery chain operating in Ireland, alleging they are violating its right to exercise his religious beliefs. His complaint was dismissed this week as an “entirely frivolous and vexatious complaint.”
Mark J. Savage argued that the grocery store discriminated against him by not allowing him to post anti-LGBTQ notices on a notice board inside the store’s franchises. The opinions viewed several politicians as pedophiles or “gay perverts,” and Savage eventually made signs naming SuperValu employees with similar allegations.
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Savage, who became known as “PERVERT” POSTER MAN, argued that he had the freedom to believe in his religion and that he exercised it by accusing people of being pedophiles via posters. .
Savage first placed a poster on a community notice board at his local SuperValu near Swords, Dublin, in 2019. SuperValu employees are reportedly starting to remove them. So Savage continued to put it back in place.
This back-and-forth cycle continued with at least three different posters, and in February 2020, Savage began claiming he was being discriminated against and victimized. SuperValu employees began asking the police to come and arrest him in an attempt to prevent him from installing the sign again and again.
SuperValu did not want any signs displayed on their notice board which, according to the Irish time, claimed without proof that prominent politicians actively participated in “the sexual exploitation of innocent children by perverted homosexuals”.
Savage claimed he was denied access to a publicly accessible space because he was not authorized to accuse elected officials of child abuse with a public poster. It got to the point where SuperValu banned Savage from entering the store, and he organized a protest against the company while promising to then accuse the employees of child abuse.
SuperValu accused Savage of annoying employees by photographing them without permission, threatening them physically and yelling at them if they wouldn’t allow him to display his sign.
In August 2020, Savage began trying to put up signs accusing SuperValu employees of being child sex offenders. SuperValu began reporting his appearances to the police and claiming that he intentionally upset them.
The case was purchased before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), a non-judicial body empowered to deal with common law issues relating to allegations of discrimination through independent adjudicators.
Savage argued, under Irish anti-discrimination law, that he had the right to use the notice board as much as anyone else, and further claimed that it was discriminatory to his regard as an evangelical not to allow him to accuse people of abusing children via a sign on the board.
Essentially, Savage felt his claims were protected by his religious beliefs.
Pat Brady, adjudicating the case on behalf of the WRC, ruled that Savage had committed a “premeditated act of provocation” with the poster he attempted to put up in August 2020. Brady ruled that SuperValu had acted reasonably in response, but also did not violate any anti-discrimination laws or Savage’s right to practice his religion.
Brady further ruled that some of Savage’s posters were not protected speech or behavior because they amounted to using a “homophobic slur” to make ultimately unproven claims.
The ruling says SuperValu can continue to ban it from its stores and ban its signs from hanging on the bulletin board.
This was not the first time Savage had filed a complaint against a company for discrimination. In April, he lost a separate complaint to the WRC, arguing that it was discriminatory for Ireland to hold a ‘best young entrepreneur contest’ that restricted the number of people who could participate based on their age. Savage had applied for the program but did not fall into the competition age range.
Likewise, he claimed that even if he had been given the opportunity to compete against entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, the competition would have fired him on the basis that he was evangelical, thus allegedly violating his ability to believe. his religion.
In 2019, Savage alleged that University College of Dublin had also discriminated against him because of his religious beliefs. This request was also rejected. Also in 2019, he accused a local politician of harassment before the WRC, but the WRC rejected his request on statutory grounds. Savage also accused former Irish Minister of Health James Reilly of discriminating against him.
In 2017, Savage claimed that SEETEC Employment had also discriminated against him. Ireland’s employment agency had advised him on his curriculum vitae in a way he felt was contrary to his religious beliefs.
Savage’s curriculum vitae is one of his major accomplishments: “Defending and defending my religious beliefs, which include that abortion on demand is evil and that homosexuality is an inherent evil prone disorder. An employment counselor told him that might not help him find a job with many companies.
Savage later accused the agency of discriminating against him on the basis of his religious beliefs, but these were also rejected by the WRC.
Savage also reportedly filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming the search engine violated its rights by indexing a link to an article calling Savage a “homophobic candidate from North County Dublin” in the 2014 local election.
So far, all of his complaints to the commission have been unsuccessful.