The Ekklesia website reports today (November 19, 2010) that a European Union (EU) commissioner has rejected claims by a Polish government minister that her country's Roman Catholic schools can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers.
"The commission fails to see how a teacher's sexual orientation could reasonably constitute a genuine and determining occupational requirement," said Viviane Reding, who is EU's justice commissioner and comes from Luxembourg.
Reding's statement came after Elzbieta Radziszewska, a senior Polish official dealing with Issues of Equal Treatment, said that Poland's Catholic schools are entitled to bar gay or lesbian staffers.
The head of Poland's Anti-Discrimination Rights Association, Krzyztof Smiszek, rejected Radziszewska's claim. He said that her "hurtful statements" conflict with EU norms, and risk creating "a climate allowing homophobia in workplaces."