A Michigan man is suing his former employers, Ford Motor Co. and Rapid Global Business Solutions, alleging the companies violated his religious freedom when they fired him last year.
Thomas Banks, the suit would have us believe, is a victim. As a good upstanding Christian, he was only following God’s will when he essentially told the entire company that gay sex leads directly to death and the destruction of society.
The Huffington Post reports Banks left his comments on a Ford intranet article celebrating the 20th anniversary of GLOBE, a group working within the company to promote and foster an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees. That article is still online, though all comments have been removed.
Here’s what you’d have seen on July 24th of last year:
Two weeks later, reps from both companies told Banks he’d violated Ford’s anti-harassment policy and fired him.
The complaint describes Banks’ post as “a short, candid comment…based upon his concern as a Christian in the workplace,” claiming Ford “acted intentionally out of malice or reckless disregard of Banks’ federally protected rights.”
“Banks respects others, even those who disagree with him, as he has throughout his career, and merely hopes for the same respect in turn,” the complaint also says.
The article on GLOBE applauds the group for staying “engaged in the effort of maintaining an inclusive workplace” — a long way off from “endorsing and promoting sodomy.”
Ironically, Michigan’s anti-discrimination law does not protect sexual orientation, despite numerous attempts to amend it. Employees fired solely for being gay have no option for legal recourse, unlike Banks. But let’s all feel sorry for the poor, oppressed Christian hater.