In preparation for today’s pride parade, Calgary, Alberta, has been using the “pride bus”; a rainbow-painted bus declaring “Happy Pride” on its destination screen. But one bus driver is worried over losing his job, saying his Christian beliefs keep him from taking the wheel. Jesus, noted driving enthusiast, does not agree.
Jesse Rau, Calgary Transit bus driver, says driving the bus would go against his religious beliefs. But as Rau told CTV, he’s concerned speaking out against the pride bus could lose him his job:
“I’m a Christian so, as a Christian, there are things like homosexuality that I just can’t condone. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, the accusation is that you hate the person. I would go up to [my bosses] very respectably and say can you please assign me another bus. I wouldn’t throw a fit or protest or get angry. I have a family to support and I am very concerned about losing the job, it’s something I’m very proud to be a part of, but when it goes against the most important things I stand for, or if I’m asked to compromise in such a big way for what I believe to be right, then I have to lose my job.”
Calgary Transit confirmed that a bus driver cannot opt out of driving the pride bus. But what Rau doesn’t understand is that people don’t expect bus drivers to necessarily agree with everything the bus says. We don’t hold bus drivers responsible for the advertising that adorns the bus, so why would this be any different? We wouldn’t assume a bus driver isn’t homophobic just because he drives the pride bus, we’d assume he’s isn’t homophobic because not being a homophobe is just common sense.
As of press time, Rau still has his job.
Watch Jesse Rau explain his beliefs:
(featured image via Pink News)