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Whoo-hoo! Dutch Reformed Church must pay damages to gay musician

A PRETORIA High Court judge has ordered the Dutch Reformed Church at Moreleta Park to unconditionally apologise to a music teacher it fired because he is in a gay relationship.

jjjj Strydom has won his discrimination case against the DRC

Johan Strydom has won his discrimination case against the DRC

According to this report today, South African Judge Dion Basson found that the congregation had unfairly discriminated against Johan Strydom when they fired him from their arts academy in 2005.

He said the constitutionally-protected right to equality outweighed the church’s right to religious freedom.

The judge ordered the church to pay Strydom almost R87 000 (£6,000) for the impairment of his dignity, emotional and psychological suffering and loss of earnings.

See our earlier report of the case here and here.

3 Responses to “Whoo-hoo! Dutch Reformed Church must pay damages to gay musician”

  1. Valdemar says:

    Good! Why should religion be exempt from the law? I hope a similar case occurs here, if only to give Paul Dacre (Daily Mail editor and Catholic loon) apoplexy.

  2. Michael Cohen says:

    This is a Victory — God fearing crackpots take note

  3. [...] Dominee Dirkie van der Spuy, head of the Moreleta Park congregation in Pretoria, was disappointed by the High Court judgment in favour of Johan Strydom, who won his discrimination case earlier this week. [...]