A Christian actor reportedly sued a Broadway production company in October for firing him because of his religious beliefs.
The Christian titles Chad Kimball said has sued Kiss The Cod Broadway and Alchemy Production Group who “illegally terminated Kimball in whole or in part because Kimball’s religious beliefs made them uncomfortable.” Kimball is one of the cast in “Come From Away,” a Broadway musical that debuted in 2016 about a small town that openly welcomes people despite differences in religion, race, or creed on September 11th.
In an Instagram post on October 25, Kimball underline the irony of belonging to the musical has yet experienced something totally opposed to its “message”.
âThe Broadway musical ‘Come From Away’ tells the story of a small town welcoming people from all over the world on September 11, regardless of creed, race or religion. However, as the complaint alleges I I filed, some associated with the show lost sight of that message and didn’t show me the same kindness, âhe said.
Kimball expressed hope that those he worked with would understand his actions for filing a complaint over the “discrimination” he suffered while being a part of the musical.
“I hope those on the show who are not involved in this discrimination will understand that I cannot stand idly by and allow the violation of my protected civil rights to go unchallenged: by the grace of God, everyone of us is valuable, “said the actor.
The lawsuit alleged Kimball was fired after expressing disappointment with Washington’s COVID-19 warrant that limits in-person worship services and chanting during worship in November 2020. He also claimed Kimball was fired for his “conservative” Christian beliefs from the play crew. and staff began questioning him about it after the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.
Kimball specifically cited in the lawsuit a Jan. 18 phone call from the play’s producer, Susan Frost, about the connection between the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the conservative Christian movement. Kimball was fired four days after the phone call on Jan.22.
As previously stated, Kimball openly expressed his disobedience to Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s “illegal orders” on places of worship in a November 16, 2020 article in Twitter. Kimball said it was already a matter of “controlling” rather than keeping people safe.
âRespectfully, I will never allow a governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone singing in honor of my God. Friends, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. is not a matter of security. It is a matter of POWER. illegal orders, “the actor remarked.
Kimball’s tweet, however, took the actor to heavy criticism last year from internet users and his own colleagues who reported “disagreements” with him on the issue.
The producers of “Come From Away,” however, called Kimball’s claims of his dismissal “completely unfounded,” underscoring the play’s theme of “diversity.”
âChad’s claims are completely unfounded. This show is built on the power of diversity, and we celebrate every voice. We can’t comment further given HR privacy rules, and we wish Chad all the best. in its future projects “, Christian Post quoted the producers as saying.