File this under political correctness/out of control. From Baptist Press:
‘CHRISTIAN ROOMMATE’ AD CHALLENGED — A Michigan woman is facing a civil fine and possible “sensitivity training” after she posted a sign on her church bulletin board saying she was looking for a Christian roommate.
Someone saw the sign and reported it to the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, which admits to training people to “play the role of a home seeker” and file discrimination complaints. The housing center then reported the woman to state housing authorities.
The complaint says the ad “expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” FoxNews.com reported Oct. 22. Had the ad not included the word “Christian,” it would not have been illegal, the housing center said.
“If you read it and you were not Christian, would you not feel welcome to rent there?” Nancy Haynes, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, told Fox News.
The woman could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and “fair housing training so it doesn’t happen again,” Haynes said.
Alliance Defense Fund is representing the woman free of charge, saying the government’s actions violated her First Amendment rights to freedom of association, and ADF has asked that the complaint be dismissed.
“Christians should not live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians,” Joel Oster, ADF lead counsel, said. “Not content to just lock Christians and their beliefs into the four walls of their church or home, some groups also want to invade those walls and force their own ideas upon them by force of law.
“This should be frightening to every single person, no matter what faith you are or what your politics are,” Oster said, according to CitizenLink.com. “My goodness, the government is coming into your house and telling you who you can seek out as a roommate. What is next?”
Oster said the woman was not prohibited by federal or state law from seeking a Christian roommate.
Erin Roach is a staff writer for Baptist Press.