Chilling Implications? Largest Bank Asks Workers if They Support Homosexuality

JPMorgan Chase Gay PrideNEW YORK – The largest bank in the United States now allegedly requires its employees to state whether or not they are supporters of the homosexual lifestyle.

JPMorgan Chase, headquartered in New York City, is the United States’ largest bank, with total assets of over $2.5 trillion. The bank has overtly supported homosexuality for several years, appearing in several “gay pride” events and even offering a number of special benefits to bank employees who identify as “LGBT.”

Now, JPMorgan Chase has taken their LGBT support even further, reportedly requiring all their employees to voice whether or not they support the so-called “LGBT community”. According to Princeton University Professor Robert George, the bank recently surveyed their workers, asking them to state which of the following descriptions applied to them:

  1. A person with disabilities;
  2. A person with children with disabilities;
  3. A person with a spouse/domestic partner with disabilities;
  4. A member of the LGBT community;
  5. An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.

An unnamed individual, who has worked at JPMorgan Chase for 11 years, first alerted George of the unprecedented survey. The employee told George, who is chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, that the questionnaire “had many of us scratching our heads.”

“What?! What kind of question was that?” the employee had wondered. “An ‘ally’ of that community? What’s the alternative if you don’t select that option? You’re not [an] ally of the LGBT community?”

The employee further explained that the survey was not anonymous, since it required everyone to enter personal identification information. The implications, he suggested, are chilling.

“With the way things are going and the fact that LGBT rights are being viewed as pretty much tantamount to the civil rights movement of the mid-50s to late 60s, not selecting that option is essentially saying ‘I’m not an ally of civil rights’; which is a vague way to say ‘I’m a bigot,’” he told George. “The worry among many of us is that those who didn’t select that poorly placed, irrelevant option will be placed on the ‘you can fire these people first’ list.”

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George agreed, writing in a blog post that JPMorgan Chase could quickly quash any dissenters who do not support the homosexual lifestyle.

“The message to all employees is perfectly clear:  You are expected to fall into line with the approved and required thinking,” George stated. “Nothing short of assent is acceptable. Silent dissent will no longer be permitted.”

After George first drew attention to the JPMorgan Chase survey, another employee of the bank contacted him to confirm the initial report.

“I just wanted to confirm the Chase employee survey,” the second employee said. “It did have the last two options about being an LBGT ally. … [I] was blown away by this question. I have no idea what they were thinking when they asked that.”

As previously reported, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that “closely held corporations” can operate according to their owners’ religious beliefs. However, because JPMorgan Chase is a publicly-traded banking company, the same standards likely do not apply. The bank’s questioning of employees’ beliefs on homosexuality is therefore concerning to many Christians.

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  • Vivian Fittro

    Homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God…And yes Both the Old AND New Testaments BOTH speak out against ANY type of sexual sin/immorality…Those who do not repent of their sins and accept Christ as their LORD AND SAVIOR, as the ONLY way to go to heaven will spend eternity separated from the presence of God…

  • Diane Freitaag

    I am not surprised about what Chase is attempting to do. Other banks and financial institutions will no doubt follow suit eventually. Persecution has come to America. “All who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution.” The world will love its own. If they have hated and persecuted Christ, they will also hate and persecute those who have been redeemed. The question now is, whom will you follow? Will you count the cost and keep following Christ, or will you crumble under the pressure and deny Him? This is a choice we all must make. Will be hot and on fire or just luke warm?

  • Carol Bezuidenhout

    I think it is disgusting. I thank God that I don’t live in the USA. Here in South Africa we are still free to say NO to such a question. What and whom I believe in is no business of my employer or anybody else. It effects only my God and me.

  • Debbie Brown

    Thank you Diane Marie Erickson Freitag we all need to take heed to that scripture because we are so close. PRAISE GOD!!!

  • L. Irvin

    No one should be subjected to discrimination or persecution due to their beliefs.
    LGBT is an important civil rights issue, and needs to be addressed with empathy and dignity, but do not forget or throw away the rights of others (including bigots) while doing so.
    As a Canadian I am grateful that my courts still believe in the sanctity of personal privacy. No employer could justify a mandatory identifying survey here, and no employee would hesitate to remind them to mind their own business.

  • Ax2root

    Publicly traded?? Not allowed to ask sexual questions are they? WHO IS SUING THEM.?

  • cjs28

    I work for a Publically owned Fortune 500 company and just last week got a corporate email telling me the next day was going to the National Coming Out Day and that 3 of our employees where in a video produced by the organization sponsoring the National day. Further that we could obtain stickers to wear that day claiming we were “allies” of the LBGT community. Just a step a two away from the survey Chase did and a few more away from the lack of support being grounds for firing whether by legal or illegal methods.

    Frankly, I don’t care what other people’s sexual preference is and I don’t want to constantly be reminded by LBG’s that their preference is same gender or that Ts are acting being opposite of their original gender. A person’s sexuality is a private matter.

    Also, The fact that heterosexuals don’t get a Day or equal time and attention to proclaim they prefer opposite gender sex is discriminatory.

    The whole LBGT movement is a one-sided promotion of their preferences to the exclusion of anyone else’s preferences.

    • Tristan A

      Let me see, christmas, easter, Ascension Day, etc. etc. etc.
      Whats the problem for an LGBT having a national coming out day?

  • Tristan A

    “not selecting that option is essentially saying ‘I’m not an ally of civil rights’; which is a vague way to say ‘I’m a bigot”

    No additional comment needed…