So, there was finally a real honest-to-God case of religious discrimination against a Christian here in Canada by a real company. A Trinity Western University graduate, Bethany Paquette, applied to an outdoorsy expedition company to be a wilderness guide and she was denied a job because she apparently didn't meet the minimum requirements -- oh, and because she went to Trinity Western and is Christian.
It all gets rather bizarre and confusing past this point.
See, it turns out that the company, Amaruk, is run by Vikings who are (understandably) unimpressed with Christians like Bethany because of what the Christians apparently did to Norse traditional religion and culture. It's of course ludicrous to bring this up with Bethany. I'm of Irish descent and the Vikings, with all their plundering, terrorizing and rapeing... well, the CEOs over at Amaruk better send me an apology letter.
So, Bethany gets this response from Olaf, who's a bigwig at this company:
Ms. Paquette.Okay, a little rude, but still, not completely unprofessional.
I do not understand the purpose of your application considering you do not meet the minimum requirements that are clearly outlined on our web site.
Wait, what's this other crap?
Additionally, considering you were involved with Trinity Western University, I should mention that, unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want, and this is reflected within some of our staff and management. In addition, the Norse background of most of the guys at the management level means that we are not a Christian organization, and most of us actually see Christianity as having destroyed our culture, tradition, and way of life.Okay, I'm sure most readers here know how I feel about the Trinity Western University Law School and their retrograde and draconian rules against LGBT people and unmarried couples. They get money from the government to teach religious nonsense and bigotry and even Law Societies across the country are rejecting the school's accreditation in protest.
However, this is truly unprofessional. Perhaps not illegal, but is this Facebook or Reddit? Come on, people.
Then, probably out of anger, Bethany wrote back this long e-mail including a long history lesson along with a demographics breakdown of the world's religions! Also not professional, but I guess Olaf threw any semblance of professionalism right out the window.
Go read the e-mail exchange if you like.
Then, bizarrely, other C-level representatives of the company just spring in as if they don't have anything better to do. Shouldn't they be busy scaling cliffs or jumping out of helicopters or something? Here's a super unprofessional nugget responding to Bethany's response.
In contrast, we believe that a man ending up with another man is probably the best thing that could happen to him. But we do not force these views onto other people, and we are completely fine if a guy decides to go the emasculation route by marrying a BC woman. Live and let live.Classy.
Anyway, I got the idea that this company may actually cater to a gay clientele (not that there is anything wrong with this). The site doesn't have a single woman on it. Instead I find shirtless men and really buff ones at that -- riding horses with cowboy hats... etc. Check out the Wilderness Fitness section of the site, to see what I mean. Rugged.
Well now it seems like things have gotten even more bizarre. Sun News reporter and Canada's Foremost Freedom Fighter, Ezra Levant, reported on Bethany's plight just yesterday. Here's what he has to say today.
Except Amaruk isn’t real. They have a grandiose website, with beautiful images of the great outdoors. But they’re fake photos – ripped off from the Internet. The website boasts of being a massive, multi-national tourism company. But no actual trips or tours are listed. The location of the outdoor fantasy photos, or their “40,000-sheep ranch” are never identified.It turns out that this company may be nothing more than an odd front. There were no jobs to be had, as several other women have discovered who applied for the same or similar jobs. They got horrible responses as well.
The website is affiliated with other websites that have a homo-erotic feeling – idolizing the “Viking” lifestyle – bearded hipsters with great abs, out in the woods.
The CBC’s investigative reporter, Natalie Clancy, got her story half-right. Bethany was the subject of an anti-Christian tirade. But she didn’t lose a job over it – there was no job to be had. It was an elaborate hoax.
As more women who received bizarre and inappropriate responses to their job applications to wilderness company Amaruk come forward, efforts to reach the company's CEO have left CBC News questioning whether the business and its jobs even exist.The company claims to be the result of a partnership of other companies. However, it seems to be all a big hoax -- for tax purposes?
One of the companies, Norealis, is listed as owning a male erotic website called MaleCorps.com. Many of the models found on that site can also be found in images on the other companies' websites.Here's the sort of response other women got.
The domain names of the websites for all the companies were registered in B.C. by a Christopher Fragassi, who lists a Whistler P.O. Box as his address.
Only Christopher Fragassi is named on Amaruk's B.C. corporate registry entry, though Industry Canada's website lists 217 employees and 20 company directors. Calls to several listed numbers reached no one, just a hold signal that played the song of loons down the phone line.
Sophie Waterman applied for the same job, but soon believed it sounded too good to be true. She withdrew her application after a friend in the tourism industry warned her Amaruk might not be all that it seems.Now it seems like this Amaruk email could be coming from a small group or even a single person who may have a problem with Christianity and women in general.
"When I cancelled the interview, I received about 15 emails in quick succession," she says. "All pretending to be from different people involved with the company, and all very litigious, accusing me and my friend of slander. My feeling is that it's all one person."
Ezrant concludes his post with a call to not forget the victims here -- Christians.
It’s too bad that the first time the CBC took a serious interest in anti-Christian bigotry, they were duped. I hope that doesn’t turn them off the subject. There are plenty of real anti-Christian bigots in Canada, who attack Trinity Western all the time. Right now, law societies across Canada are debating banning TWU’s graduates from practicing law. That’s just as vicious as the fake trolls at Amaruk. But they’re real, and unafraid to use their real names.I say we do not forget the victims in this particular case, who were not all attacked because they were Christian.
However, I'm all for investigating these troublemakers to see if their posing as a real company is somehow against the law. I'm just not certain if these shenanigans constitute anything that can be considered a real crime.
Meanwhile, we have law school that's partially publicly-funded demanding that its students and staff agree to a purity oath. I'm guessing that if you're a married gay professor you're going to be discriminated against there. It's sort of institutionalized descrimination. You know, like this hoax turned out not to be.
“In keeping with biblical and TWU ideals, community members voluntarily abstain from… sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman,” it reads.
All students and faculty are required to swear an oath to the covenant, and its rules apply off-campus as well. The covenant also bans gossip, vulgar language, pornography and alcohol consumption.
Violations can result in penalties, including expulsion, though TWU said no student has ever been thrown out for being gay.