Of course not. Our courts have ruled time after time that it's OK to bar someone from a job based on race, gender, or physical disability ... if the race, gender or religion are a genuine job requirement.
Now Jennifer Keaton, an openly anti-gay counseling student, is suing Augusta State University to throw this sensible rule out and make an exception for herself. What's her justification? Christians don't have to follow the rules. According to her lawyer Christians are allowed to discriminate against gays and are allowed to become licensed counselors even though they don't meet the American Counseling Associations code of ethics.
I say too bad for Jennifer Keaton. She has every right to be a hateful bigot (even though Jesus preached tolerance and love). But she needs to find a different job. She's not qualified to play Othello, and she's not qualified to counsel people. She's a Christian who openly discriminates, and she needs to find a job where her bigotry isn't relevant.
The hubris of Jennifer Keaton and her ilk is disgusting. Their interpretation of the scriptures is hypocritical – they take the parts of the Bible that they like, but ignore the rest.
Let's put Ms. Keaton to a Biblical test (from What the Bible Says, and Doesn't Say, About Homosexuality):
- DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21
If it is discovered that a bride is not a virgin, the Bible demands that she be executed by stoning immediately.
- DEUTERONOMY 22:22
If a married person has sex with someone else's husband or wife, the Bible commands that both adulterers be stoned to death.
- MARK 10:1-12
Divorce is strictly forbidden in both Testaments, as is remarriage of anyone who has been divorced.
- LEVITICUS 18:19
The Bible forbids a married couple from having sexual intercourse during a woman's period. If they disobey, both shall be executed.
- MARK 12:18-27
If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered by biblical law to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir.
- DEUTERONOMY 25:11-12
If a man gets into a fight with another man and his wife seeks to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy's genitals, her hand shall be cut off and no pity shall be shown her.
Hypocrisy is disgusting in any form, but it's especially disgusting when it tries to masquerade as a loving religion.