Should a person be denied employment simply because [s/he passes] along an emailed joke about the pope? That hardly seems like a firing offense, unless you work for the Catholic church, but Peter Kearney, Director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, seems to disagree. He worked to get Hugh Dallas, head of referee development for the Scottish Football Association, fired for just such an "offense."
Obviously, I do not agree that head of referee should be set on such matters. It might be a poor judgment and/or taste. It has nothing to do with the job and it is not illegal. Of course, the church, as a power centre, is happy to exert its power when it deems fit. We, as people, can exert our own power as it deems fit to condemn such stupidity.