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October 26, 2010

Michigan Woman Faces Civil Rights Complaint for Seeking a Christian Roommate

Michigan Woman Faces Civil Rights Complaint for Seeking a Christian Roommate

FOX News

A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate.

The ad "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.

"It's a violation to make, print or publish a discriminatory statement," Executive Director Nancy Haynes told Fox News. "There are no exemptions to that."

Haynes said the unnamed 31-year-old woman’s case was turned over to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Depending on the outcome of the case, she said, the woman could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and “fair housing training so it doesn’t happen again.”

Harold Core, director of public affairs with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, told the Grand Rapids Press that the Fair Housing Act prevents people from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion, race or handicap with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling.

"It's really difficult to say at this point what could potentially happen," he told the newspaper, noting that there are exemptions in the law for gender when there is a shared living space.

But Joel Oster, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the woman free of charge, describes the case as "outrageous."

"Clearly this woman has a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with," he said.

"Christians shouldn't live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians. It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church -- an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity."

Haynes said the person who filed the initial complaint saw the ad on the church bulletin board and contacted the local fair housing organization.

The ad included the words, "Christian roommate wanted," along with the woman's contact information. Had the ad not included the word "Christian," Haynes said, it would not have been illegal.

"If you read it and you were not Christian, would you not feel welcome to rent there?" Haynes asked.

Oster said he hopes the case will eventually be dropped and that he's sent a letter to the state asking the authorities to dismiss the case as groundless.

"The First Amendment guarantees us Freedom of Religion," he said. "And we have the right to live with someone of the same faith. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is denying her rights by pursuing this complaint."

But Haynes said officials plan on pursuing the matter.

"We want to make sure it doesn't happen again," she said.


Wild Thing's comment.......

The inmates are running the asylum.

“...could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and “fair housing training so it doesn’t happen again.”


If she’d asked for a Moslem, Pagan or atheist roommate, we’d have never heard of her, guaranteed!

The land of the FREE and the BRAVE is being enslaved by PC people. Heck I would run the ad again and this time add to it. The person must also love animals, and be a conservative.

This crap infuriates me. What has happened to OUR rights???? And someone in the congregation complained? The story stated that someone in her own church turned her in. Maybe they’re in the wrong building.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at October 26, 2010 04:55 AM


She posted it at her church, how did the Housing department find out about it. This is the extent of the hypocrisy in this country regarding Christians versus any other religion.

Posted by: Mark at October 26, 2010 08:18 AM

This is exactly what happens when we vote liberals into office.

Mark, it appears someone in her church saw the add and turned it in to the Fair Housing Board. I'm all for finding out who turned it in and paying them a visit.

Posted by: BobF at October 26, 2010 09:51 AM

Well, obama did say America was not a Christian country. He and the liberals have opened the door wide for Christian bashing and discrimination. We need another revolution. Hope it starts a week from today.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at October 26, 2010 09:59 AM

Wild Thing, since I've been blessed to know you and Nick, did you ever think you would hear me say,"Let's pack up our belongings and move to... FRANCE?"

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at October 26, 2010 05:31 PM

Mark, that is exactly it....hypocrisy. It seems to be everywhere.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 26, 2010 07:19 PM

Bob, I agree, they need to find out who turned it in and go see that person. This woman has a right to know exactly who it was.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 26, 2010 07:22 PM

Tom, your right, and I am so ready for a revolution, some kind of revolution that's for sure. This obama reign is really wearing me down big time.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 26, 2010 07:24 PM

Darth, I know so much what you are saying and how you feel.
Love you Dsrth and hugs to you and your family.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 26, 2010 07:27 PM

It is like this campaign against bulling. At Yale for many years the number one sexual harassment has been Female on females.

Posted by: Avitar at October 27, 2010 12:05 AM