I received an email from a gentleman pointing me to a World Vision Canada statement that the organization here does not discriminate against LGBT people. Thanks to that pointer, I will go back on the three preceding posts and make it clear that they are about World Vision in the United States.
World Vision Canada is responding to questions about the U.S. hiring policy. Here is what they say in their statement, in part:
Friends, we’ve been getting lots of questions about World Vision US’s hiring policy and I wanted to let you know that this does not affect World Vision Canada’s policies or actions.
Canada’s legal environment is quite different from that of the United States. We comply with provincial laws on this matter which prohibit discrimination in employment. For example, as part of our hiring process, we do not ask questions about sexual orientation, marriage or related issues. However, when we hire, we are very clear about our values and our Christian identity. We explain how our Christian identity motivates and informs our work and how we work together here in Canada.
While we have a code of conduct on ethical and legal issues, we don’t ask staff to sign a lifestyle code of conduct.
We want our staff to be united around our mission of following Christ in serving the poor. When we hire staff, our Christian faith is clear. And when they join World Vision they are aligning with us as a Christian organization.
This is what is most key for us: When it comes to working with the poor, World Vision serves children, families and communities, regardless of whether they are aligned with our values or not. Race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation do not prevent us from serving the poorest of the poor.
Fair enough. I applaud them for the work they do, and I do urge readers to donate to World Vision Canada.