Bethany Paquette is an avid outdoor adventurer. Sheâ€™s worked as a river rafting guide and just graduated from college with a degree in Biology. So when she saw a position available as an assistant wilderness guide with Amaruk, she jumped at the opportunity.
The rejection letter she received from the Norwegian-based company in response was downright obscene!
Olaf Amundsen, the hiring manager at Amaruk, emailed Bethany that her graduation from a Christian university disqualified her for the position!
â€œConsidering you were involved with Trinity Western University,â€ Amundsen wrote. â€œI should mention that, unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity.â€
How ironic that the company that boasts of diversity would discriminate against an entire population of peopleâ€"Christians!
Amundsen alsoÂ mocked Bethanyâ€™s alma mater for offering a biology degree while denying evolution. He later stated that he hadÂ a Ph.D. in Norse History.
â€œIn 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,â€ Amundsenâ€™s rejection email ended.
â€œIt did really hurt me and I did feel really attacked on the basis that Iâ€™m a Christian,â€ Bethany said.
After Bethany complained to the company that its rejection was discriminatory, Amundsen became both rude and obscene in responding to Bethanyâ€™s â€œGod blessâ€ at the end of her message.
â€œIn closing, â€˜God Blessâ€™ is very offensive to me, and yet another sign of your attempts to impose your religious views on me,â€ Amundsen wrote. â€œI do not want to be blessed by some guy who was conceived by a (expletive), outside of marriage, and whom has been the very reason for the most horrendous abuses and human rights violations in the history of the human race. If I was to meet the guy, Iâ€™d actually (expletive) him.â€
(A profile photo from the Google+ account of Wilderness adventure company manager Olaf Amundsen. The Amaruk Wilderness Corp. hiring manager describes himself as ‘a Viking with a PhD in Norse culture.’ (Olaf Amundsen/Google+)
Bethany isÂ standing up the rights of Christians. She has hired a lawyer to take her case to a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and stand up for her faith! May God bless this young woman for standing up for whatâ€™s right.