Eager to alert me to the fact that Jennifer Keeton from Georgia might not have the biggest persecution complex around, Bing McGhandi (from Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes) linked me to this story from Texas that…well, I’ll let you read for yourself.
A Texas bus driver has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming he was fired for his religious beliefs after refusing to transport a client to a Planned Parenthood office, court documents showed Wednesday.
Edwin A. Graning worked for the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) near Austin, Texas, for less than a year before he was let go in January. At the time, he told his supervisor that, “in good conscience, he could not take someone to have an abortion,” according to the lawsuit. Graning is an ordained Christian minister.
EMPLOYEE: I refuse to do the job you have employed me to do.
EMPLOYER: Okay then…you’re fired.
EMPLOYEE: ZOMG DISCRIMINATION!!!!!!111eleventyone!!!
Ugh…this is so stupid it physically hurts to read about it. Thankfully, the company spokesperson didn’t beat around the bush and gave a brief but extremely reasonable sound bite to the media:
“While others may wish to make more of it, to CARTS this is just about our expectation that employees perform the duties they are hired for,” David Marsh, general manager of CARTS, said in an e-mail message to CNN.
Exactly. The man was hired to do a job, which he refused to undertake. This isn’t about his religious freedom — it’s about his religious imposition on the passengers who were relying on the service. I’m willing to bet that even strongly evangelical judges are going to side against him on this one…
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