Human Rights Tribunal tosses Christian discrimination claim 0
A Christian Douglas College student — who alleged her teacher ridiculed her by saying she was using her faith to “get somewhere” in life — had her claim rejected by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
Last year, Carole Taranin took a first-year history course that often discussed the topic of Christianity.
Taranin alleged to the tribunal that on three different occasions during lectures, teacher Jeff Schutts made nearly identical remarks about her faith.
“She’s a Christian, she’s going to rely on her faith. I don’t know what these people who believe in God think … that God is going to come and give them something or do something for them?” Taranin alleges she was told.
“She’s using her faith to get her somewhere. I don’t know how interested she is in getting her degree or just trying to get laid on Facebook.”
The college relied on affidavits from three students in the class, none of whom supported Taranin’s claims.
Additionally, the tribunal decision noted Schutts was raised in the Lutheran church, a Christian faith.
The tribunal questioned whether the nearly identical remarks were actually made.
No discernable purpose nor context was provided for why the comments were made, and “the specific evidence of every participant in these events, other than Ms. Taranin herself, is that Mr. Schutts did not make the comments,” tribunal member Murray Geiger-Adams wrote.
“In these circumstances, I determine that Ms. Taranin’s complaint has no reasonable prospect of success, and I exercise my discretion to dismiss it.”