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It’s Not Persecution Unless You’re Doing It to Me!

— July 25, 2015


This is one for the hypocrisy file and you all know how much I love a double standard! Thomas Banks, a contract engineer working at Ford, filed suit for what he thinks is religious discrimination in his termination. He posted on the Ford intranet his Christian displeasure at Ford’s efforts to make the company a more LGBTQ-inclusive, friendly environment. Ford didn’t take kindly to his rant and fired him. Now comes the religious discrimination suit because, after all, it’s not persecution unless you’re doing it to me!

Banks had been assigned by Rapid Global Business Solutions, his employer, to a Ford plant in Dearborn, MI and had worked there for three years. His termination date was August 4, 2014. He feels his rant was merely speaking up for his Christian beliefs by telling Ford how wrong it was for “endorsing and promoting sodomy.”

Because Ford always offers buttsex as an employee sign-on incentive. Sure…

As of this writing, neither Ford nor Rapid Global had even seen the complaint. Banks’ suit asks for an unspecified amount in damages for lost wages, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, shame and anxiety.

Funny, those would be the same things LGBTQ employees would feel if discriminated against for being gay, with which Banks is seemingly OK. His comment on the Ford intranet reads:

“Endorsing and promoting sodomy is of benefit to no one. This topic is disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians and morality, as well as antithetical to our design and our survival. Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote.”

He added that he believed Ford’s LGBTQ support was an “assault on morality” given that it amounted to endorsing and promoting sodomy. He also stated that homosexuality would lead to the death of civilization.


Let me get this straight, er, correct: He is suing because he feels he was discriminated against based on his religion in an act he took that is discriminatory of others based on sexual orientations. It seems to me he’s missing the beam in his own eye (Luke 6:42).

After his comment, Ford management called him on the carpet. Once he confirmed that he had, in fact, written the discriminatory comments, they informed him that he violated Ford’s anti-harassment policy and was fired.

His reaction is priceless, if one enjoys watching the clueless being clueless:

“I was stunned to realize that I was fired over expressing my faith in a single comment.”

Rapid Global dumped the whiny idiot too, stating his actions violated the company’s policies. His suit argues that those policies only apply in New York City.

Rapid Global subsequently said he violated its policies and also fired him. The lawsuit claims the policies apply only in New York City. I’m guessing it’s because of all the civilization destroying homosexuality in the Big Apple that anti-harassment policies only apply there? As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroon!”

Of course, everyone’s favorite blinder-wearing bunch of hypocrites, The Liberty Institute, had to get in on the fun. They filed a complaint with the EEOC on Banks’ behalf. The EEOC declined to pursue the complaint, apparently able to see that Banks and his Liberty buddies had neither a clue, nor a case.

I’ve tried to understand this from Banks’ point of view. Then I took an aspirin and a two-hour nap because I had such a bad headache. How in the name of Mr. Spock can Banks, and all the other hypocrites out there, not see the illogicality of their argument?

Christianity preaches love for everybody, not just the people who look like you, think like you or bump uglies like you. Yet, time and again, the news shows glaring examples of Christ’s followers missing the point. I feel sorry for the Guy. He must be at the right hand of the Father shaking his head and saying, “Where did I go wrong?”

In an effort to clear it up, let me offer this public service announcement on behalf of the Prince of Peace (based on what I learned from His Father’s Book):

It is not cool to spout hate and discrimination against those who are different from you! Neither is it cool to run and hide behind your “religious freedom” when you pay the consequences for your hateful behavior. Quit being d-bags, grab a dictionary and familiarize yourself with the word ‘LOVE.”

Here endeth the reading. Go in peace and be nice to each other, damn it!


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