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If Peter Vadala Didn’t Want to Hear About Gays, Why’d He Insist Others Hear About God?

Was this The 700 Club, or Fox News? It’s sometimes a hard call to make when you discuss homosexuality and religion in the same conversation.

Peter Vadala is the right-wing’s new hero. He’s the now-fired Brookstone employee who dared criticize a lesbian manager’s sexuality and marriage, because of his religious beliefs. And if he plays his cards right — and doesn’t have any sex tapes lying around — he can replace Carrie Prejean as the unsolicited spokesman for marriage bigotry.

Except it appears Vadala does have a few skeletons in his closet: Some of his homophobic Facebook postings have been captured (but not posted) by the blog Joe My God, which will come in handy if this fella decides to take his moral crusade from the workplace and further out into the public. Like, say, a National Organization for Marriage ad.

We’re perfectly fine with Vadala telling his side of the story, which apparently goes like this: It was his manager who kept bringing up her “controversial” gay marriage, which he had to suffer through hearing about. And therein lies the clear cut example of discrimination: Openly heterosexual employees are free to discuss their marriages in the workplace without fear of reactionary behavior, but gay employees are not? It could be argued that no personal relationships should be discussed at work, which is a ridiculous presumption that would never hold, because we are human beings, and we like to share. But hey, if we learn that a colleague, or boss or underling, doesn’t want to hear about our home life — gay or straight — that’s fine, we don’t have to discuss it with them. Just don’t discuss your bigoted Bible teachings with us at work, either.

UPDATE: We knew Vadala could be a star, but star of YouTube parody? John Raymond Barker takes a stab.