World Vision SA: We don't discriminate

2014-03-28 14:13


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Cape Town - World Vision South Africa confirmed on Friday that it will not follow its US body’s policy of not hiring Christians in same-sex marriages.

AP reported on Thursday that the global aid group told its supporters in a letter that the board had made a mistake with regards to a newly adopted policy and was returning to its rule requiring celibacy outside of marriage "and faithfulness within the Bible covenant of marriage between a man and a woman".

But in a statement on Friday, World Vision South Africa’s national director Paula Barnard said its hiring policies were in line with the South African Constitution which does not allow for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, religion, gender or race.

However, Barnard told News24 that this did not mean that the local branch was distancing itself from the global body.

“World Vision South Africa is part of a global Christian federated partnership, made up of individual offices who operate in a way that is consistent with the local legal framework and customs, but always aligned around our shared Christian identity and commitment to child wellbeing.

“World Vision South Africa is committed to being part of the rainbow nation and building a future for the children of this country, which means we serve the poor, irrespective of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation; this is basis of our Christian ethos,” says Barnard.

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