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.Bullshit. A Christian who doesn't like abortion doesn't have the right to refuse to take someone to Planned Parenthood any more than an anti-theist would have the right to refuse to take a Catholic to mass. The job is taking people where they want to go. Some of them will be going places where they will be doing things with which their driver may disagree.
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's last day of employment was the same day he refused service.
He is seeking reinstatement, back pay, and compensatory damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Calls to CARTS seeking comment on the lawsuit were not immediately returned.
"It's only because he voiced his religions beliefs that he was canned," Edward White III, Graning's lawyer, told CNN. "Employers have a legal responsibility to at least attempt to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs. ... CARTS clearly violated Mr. Graning's religious freedom."
I wonder if Mr. Graning asked every one of his passengers exactly what they were planning to do once he dropped them at their destinations, to ensure it was in keeping with his personal beliefs. Something tells me that's a special thing he did just for his (assumed to be) pregnant female passenger heading to Planned Parenthood.
I'm also curious how he knew that she was going there for an abortion. Did she really volunteer that information, or did he just assume because he's an ignorant fuck who doesn't know that Planned Parenthood also provides health services to pregnant and not-pregnant women?
Btw: WTF CNN? "Planned Parenthood, a health care provider that offers a range of medical services to women, including those related to abortion, often draws the ire of anti-abortion groups in the United States, where the procedure is legal but fiercely controversial." Eat me.