A Broadway Star Who Says He Fired From Show Over His Christian Faith Is Fighting Back

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A Broadway star who says he was fired over his Christian faith and a tweet about far-reaching pandemic limitations on worship services in his home state last year has taken the issue to court.

Chad Kimball was one of the original cast members of the hit musical, “Come From Away,” which is based on the incredible true story of a small, Newfoundland town which hosted thousands of stranded passengers from all over the world after their flights were suddenly grounded following the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

While the musical highlights the eternal values of loving one’s neighbor regardless of skin color, nationality, gender, and religion, Kimball says that these values were not extended to him when a tweet criticizing Washington state’s prohibition on singing during worship services during the pandemic sparked backlash.

“The Broadway musical ‘Come From Way’ is a story about a small town welcoming people from around the world on 9/11, regardless of creed, race or religion,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “However, as the complaint I have filed alleges, some associated with the show have lost sight of that message and have not shown me the same kindness.”

His lawsuit against the show producer, Kiss The Cod Broadway, and the management company, Alchemy Production Group, states that he was “unlawfully terminated … because [his] religious beliefs simply made them uncomfortable.”

“Christians can sometimes be looked down upon in the theater world. Historically, the theater community is made up largely of marginalized members of society. Unfortunately, there’s been friction between them and the church,” Kimball told The New York Post.

While Kimball wishes all the best for his former cast members and colleagues and was happy to work alongside those who are different than him, he does believe that Christians have a right to stand up when they become the subject of discrimination.

“Jesus never commanded us to not defend ourselves,” he told the paper. “As Christians, we are commanded to seek out justice, truth and restoration. The law gives us opportunities to do all of those things.”

His termination came after a November, 2020 tweet he issued as the show was on hiatus due to the pandemic and he was staying in his home state of Washington.

When Governor Jay Inslee tweeted out pandemic-related guidelines for churches that noted worshippers would not be allowed to sing, this was too much for the Tony-nominated musical star, to whom singing is an essential aspect of his faith.

“Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Folks, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. This is not about safety. It’s about POWER. I will respectfully disobey these unlawful orders,” he wrote.

The tweet, issued from an account that he told the Post rarely got much attention previously, sparked swift backlash and when he ultimately reached out to the production company to let them know what was going on, it wasn’t long before he got the distinct impression that they had no plans to support him as he faced criticism.

However, it was only after the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 that he says the producers, somehow tying his tweet together with the outrage over the 2020 election and the subsequent breach of the Capitol Building, finally told him he was a liability.

The suit alleges that he was contacted with “concerns” that “events at the Capitol, Josh Hawley and the Conservative Christian movement were tied together and implied a connection between Mr. Kimball, by virtue of his faith, to the ideas and actions of the January 6, 2021 events at the US Capitol.”

He was finally fired on January 22.

“I pray for those involved with the show to have nothing but the best,” he says. “The show has an important message of accepting all who come to your door regardless of what they believe. The problem is that it did not apply to me when it should have.”

“This situation, this thing that happened to me, it has been life-changing,” he also told the Post. “I lost my purpose, I lost my job, I lost my way. It’s been hard and it’s been depressing but it hasn’t destroyed me. I have turned to God to seek his mercy and wisdom.”

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