An IKEA manager in Krakow, Poland has been charged with violating the religious freedom of a Catholic employee who was fired last year for objecting to the company's internal corporate support of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda.
The IKEA human resources manager was charged by the prosecutor's office in Warsaw and, if found guilty, could face a fine or up to two years in prison, reported U.S. News & World Report. The Catholic employee has also filed a civil lawsuit against the company.
The employee was fired last year "after quoting passages from the Bible referring to homosexuality on the company's intranet and refusing to remove his comments, a spokesman for the Warsaw prosecutor's office said," as reported by U.S. News.
The employee reportedly described homosexuality as "an abomination," and cited other Biblical passages that condemn the unnatural practice. The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered."
In a statement about the prosecutor's actions, an IKEA spokesman said, “As an employer, we will provide all the help and support to our charged co-worker."
"At the time of the employee's dismissal last year, "Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said the case was an example of using 'legal and economic violence against those who do not share the values of homosexual activists,'" reported U.S. News.
In Poland, about 93% of the population is Catholic. Homosexual activity among men and women is legal, and gays can serve in the military. However, same-sex marriage is illegal and gay couples are not allowed to adopt children.