(LifeSiteNews) Over 16,000 people have signed a petition insisting that an English bus driver’s employer stand by him after he refused to drive a bus promoting LGBT “pride flag” colors.
CitizenGo launched the petition on behalf of the Konectbus driver, suspended after a college student reported him last week for refusing to drive a bus that bore a number decked out in LGBT “pride flag” colors.
“So far, after in the 36 hours since being put online, over 16,000 people have signed our petition asking that the bus driver is reinstated,” CitizenGo spokeswoman Caroline Farrow told LifeSiteNews.
“It demonstrates two things,” she continued. “Firstly that the British public feels strongly that nobody ought to be forced by their employer to support and promote principles which go against their personal beliefs.”
She said the “overwhelming response” also shows that ordinary people are fed up with the ubiquitous rainbow flag and resent the way in which various corporations and public institutions are using the “political symbol” to coerce “the public into an uncritical acceptance of a very questionable ideology.”
The informer, Rebecca Sears, 19, was upset because the driver voiced his objections to the colorful, politicized digits.
“Today I was waiting for the 501 bus to Thickthorn and we were told by the driver we had to wait for him to swap buses as ‘this bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it’ due to the multicoloured ‘501’ sign,” she wrote on Twitter, posting a photograph of the driver.
“Norwich doesn’t appreciate homophobia,” she added, presuming to speak for the ancient city’s 132,512 residents.
“I’m aware everyone is entitled to their own views. However, if you can’t do your job properly because of your bigotry, maybe you need [to] rethink your choices.”
The driver, whose name is as yet unknown, is believed to be in his fifties.
Sears also disclosed on Twitter that she had reported the Konectbus driver to staff in the bus station, who assured her that they knew about the incident.
In response, Konectbus’s parent company assured the teenager that their employee had been suspended.
“Go East Anglia prides itself on values that support diversity and inclusion and has been a champion of Norwich Pride since 2017,” it stated on Wednesday.
“We particularly want all customers of whatever background or sexual orientation to feel comfortable on our services,” it continued.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Dorothy Cummings McLean. It originally appeared at LifeSiteNews.com, title and image changed.]
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