Toronto University Student Journalist Fired from Student Newspaper Over Religious Beliefs

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Toronto University Student Journalist Fired from Student Newspaper Over Religious Beliefs

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Ryerson University student journalist fired from campus newspaper over religious beliefs
By Lindsay Shepherd
January 17, 2021

A fourth-year journalism student at Ryerson University was fired from his position at a campus newspaper over his strict Roman Catholic beliefs and has applied to have the case brought before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
21-year-old Jonathan Bradley had been covering on-campus news and events for the Eyeopener, Ryerson University’s independent student newspaper, since 2017.
On June 3, 2020, a former classmate of Bradley’s posted screenshots of private messages between the two where Bradley said that homosexuality is a sin. The former classmate tagged the Eyeopener’s Twitter account and urged the newspaper to get rid of the young journalist. Bradley didn’t shy away from acknowledging that he follows the Bible’s teachings.
Days later, on June 9, 2020, Eyeopener editor-in-chief Catherine Abes sent Bradley an email firing him from his position as contributing journalist.
“Recently, The Eyeopener’s Twitter was tagged in a thread involving screenshots of a conversation in which you defended the notion that homosexuality as well as being transgender is considered a sin. I see that you have tweeted this sentiment in the past and also defended it in the present day,” Abes wrote to Bradley.
“…we are responsible for ensuring that our Eye community— including sources, contributors, readers and editors—feel safe and comfortable in working with The Eyeopener and coming into our space. I fear that since you’ve made your opinion public, members of our community, especially queer, trans and non-binary folks, would no longer feel safe if you are associated with the publication.”
“It’s for these reasons that I’ve come to the decision that you can no longer contribute to The Eyeopener.”
A couple of months prior to his firing, Bradley had also been censured by the Eyeopener’s editorial team.

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