British top actress Seyi Omooba's traditional Christian views on homosexuality cost her the lead role in a stage production of "The Color Purple."
In response, the actress — whose father is a pastor — is suing the theater and her former agents for religious discrimination and breach of contract.
The Christian Legal Centre announced it will back her case.
What are the details?
The 25-year-old Christian actress was fired from the role of Celie in a stage production of Alice Walker's popular, award-winning novel.
The controversy erupted after "Hamilton" actor Aaron Lee Lambert unearthed one of Omooba's 2014 Facebook posts, in which she discussed her Christian views on homosexuality.
The post in question saw Omooba urging Christians to "tell the truth" about homosexual practices.
"It is clearly evident in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 what the Bible says on [sexuality]," she wrote. "I do not believe you can be born gay and I do not believe homosexuality is right."
The actress continued, "I do believe that everyone sins and falls into temptation, but it's by the asking of forgiveness, repentance, and the grace of God that we overcome and live how God ordained us to. Which is that a man should leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24."
"God loves everyone," she added, "just because He doesn't agree with your decisions doesn't mean He doesn't love you. Christians we need to step up and love but also tell the truth of God's word."
"I am tired of lukewarm Christianity, be inspired to stand up for what you believe and the truth."
Lambert took a screenshot of the actress's 2014 remarks and shared it on Twitter in March.
He wrote, "Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite? Seeing as you've now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately."
@Seyiomooba Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite? Seeing as you’ve now been anno… https://t.co/oipXexayfP— Aaron Lee Lambert (@Aaron Lee Lambert)1552664617.0
Just a day after Lambert's post, Omooba's agent phoned her and told her to retract the statements and issue an apology.
Omooba refused, and said that she would not abandon her Christian faith.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Omooba said, "I really wanted the role, but what they wanted me to do was completely against my faith. I did not want to lie just to keep a job."
When she didn't apologize, the production fired her because her comments prompted "significant and widely expressed concerns." Her talent agents also dropped her from their rosters.
Omooba told the outlet that she was shocked to discover that work began to dry up following the incident.
"I just quoted what the Bible says about homosexuality, the need for repentance, but ultimately God's love for all humanity," she reasoned. "I stand by what I wrote, but had I known that it would have come to this, I would have set my account to the privacy mode."
Omooba said that she is suing the theater and her former agents to make a point.
"I want to make sure no other Christian has to go through something like this," she explained.
Andrea Williams, Christian Legal Centre chief executive, said that Omooba's professional treatment has been unacceptable.
"This is another in a string of cases involving Christians being hounded out of their careers because they love Jesus," she said. "The presence of a homosexuality theme in the play is a very poor excuse for discriminating against a Christian actress. If we were talking about a lesbian actress playing a Christian character, nobody would dare to suggest that her sexual lifestyle would make her unsuitable, and that you could fire her without breaking the law."
Williams warned, "This story sends a chilling message that if you express mainstream biblical views, you will be punished and lose your career if you do not immediately renounce your beliefs. This cannot go unchallenged and we are determined to fight for justice in this case."
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