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Ford Contractor Files 'Religious Discrimination' Complaint After Being Fired for Anti-Gay Remarks

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A Michigan man recently employed as a contractor for the Ford Motor Company has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was fired because of his religious beliefs.

The firing came after Thomas Banks received a newsletter from Ford which discussed the company's LGBT-inclusive policies as well as GLOBE, a support group for LGBT employees of the car maker.

Banks's response to the newsletter, which he left as a comment in the feedback section, got him fired for violating Ford's anti-harassment policies.

Wrote Banks in the comment:

"For this Ford Motor should be thoroughly ashamed. 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. And yes-this is historic-but not in a good way. Never in the history of mankind has a culture survived that promotes sodomy. Heterosexual behavior creates life- homosexual behavior leads to death."

Ford has responded with a statement:

“We have not yet seen the complaint, however, we believe this matter ultimately is between the individual and their agency employer.  Ford’s anti-harassment policy was created to foster a respectful, inclusive work environment for all, and we expect employees and agency personnel to act in accordance with this policy.”

As has RGBSI, which employed Banks as a contractor to Ford:

“RGBSI is an equal opportunity employer that supports an inclusive work environment and respects the rights of all individuals.  We have no comment as to the particular facts of this case since this is a pending legal matter.”

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South Dakota Highway Safety Would Like to Kindly Remind You Not to 'Jerk and Drive' - VIDEO

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From South Dakota's prematurely pulled "Don't Jerk and Drive" campaign. 

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Alabama to Recall 'N0H0M0' License Plate

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The "N0H0M0" Alabama license plate that made waves on social media earlier this week, will now be recalled by the state's Department of Revenue, the Associated Press reports:

Revenue Department spokeswoman Amanda Collier says the license plate with the saying "NOHOMO" slipped past its three-member review panel. She says the state prohibits personalized tags with profane or vulgar messages.

Collier added taht the car owner can appeal the decision. 


Alabama Issues 'N0H0M0' License Plate

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The Alabama DMV's license plate "review and recall process" apparently overlooked one vehicle owner's "N0H0M0" license plate. Think Progress published the photo, taken by Scott Johnston, a Facilities Manager in the Atlanta, Georgia area, who saw it in a parking lot.

Writes TP's Zack Ford:

Amanda Collier, a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Revenue, informed ThinkProgress that a process is in place to monitor what plates are banned. When a request for a personalized license plate is filed, a three-person review panel considers each application, sometimes offering alternative lettering for the requested message. Some messages are so explicit, however, that “no alternative can be offered” and the taxpayer’s request is denied. “There is a list of more than 6,000 plates that are strictly banned and will not be allowed on any tag in the state,” Collier explained, including “anything explicit, any profanity, or vulgar language.”


Google Unveils Self-Driving Car: VIDEO

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Google unveiled its self-driving car yesterday at Recode's Code Conference in Southern California, Mashable reports:

Brin described riding in the car, which in one test was programmed via smartphone, as "relaxing," and similar to catching a chairlift. He added that the car will eventually go up to 100 mph once it's proven to be able to travel safely at that speed.

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Eagle Scout Steve Grand Jacks with His Massive Biceps: PHOTO

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'All-American Boy' singer Steve Grand put on a gun show over the weekend while he jacked up a car.

Writes Grand on Facebook: "Being a good Eagle Scout. Dad would be proud. Fastest tire change ever!"

Missed his latest clip "Stay"? Catch it HERE.


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