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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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Bryan Fischer Says The Gay Agenda Is Driven By The 'Unvarnished Energy Of Satan': WATCH

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer is having another go at the “directly demonic” “homosexual agenda”, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer, leader of anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, was responding to a caller on his radio broadcast yesterday who had taken umbrage with protesters at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Saturday prayer rally.

Jindal's all-day prayer rally at Louisiana State University aimed to drum up evangelical support for a potential 2016 bid for the White House. 

Always first to shout loudest when challenged, the god-fearing caller claimed that the devil himself sent protesters to Jindal’s rally because he is really, really unhappy.

Fischer of course agreed wholeheartedly:

"I don't think you will ever find a more directly demonic energy than when you deal with the homosexual agenda.

“They're vicious. They are mean. You literally are staring into virtually the unvarnished energy of Satan himself when you come up against the forces that are pushing the homosexual agenda forward”.

Vicious. Mean. Unvarnished energy. Pot. Kettle. Black.

Listen to Fischer’s nasty outburst, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gary Bauer Thinks Martin Luther King, Jr. Would be 'Mortified' by Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Politician Gary Bauer appeared via Skype on Hagee Hotline saying the Constitution doesn't guarantee civil rights for gay people or abortion and saying the concept of civil rights is being "hijacked." Bauer makes his case using Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example and that he would be "mortified," on the state of civil rights if he was still alive.

Bauer cites that King being a pastor would've meant that he wouldn't have supported abortion, "understood" the biblical message of marriage and he would've been a supporter of a mother and father-led family. It seems like using the dead and tragedies to back up their claims is conservatives modus operandi in making points and winning arguments.

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Mike Huckabee to Fight for 'Second-Class Christians,' Against 'Secular Theocracy' Should He Run in 2016: VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee is once again airing his groan inducing grievances about the state of freedom of religion in the U.S. in a video segment with Jim Bakker, saying Christians in America are quickly becoming second class citizens. The two also discuss Hobby Lobby’s refusal to cover morning after pills according to the company’s beliefs regarding abortion and how the American Government is overstepping its boundaries in the freedom of religion debate-relating only to Christianity of course.

In another video Huckabee expresses interest in running for President to fight "secular theocracy" and help bring the U.S. back to a "God centered," democracy. Huckabee reiterates the claim that the U.S. was founded on biblical principals and that antagonistic atheistic forces are attempting to take Christianity apart "piece-by-piece."

Both videos are punctuated with conservative verbiage such as "divorcing common sense," "robbing of fundamental rights," and, "religious liberty." If you can handle a double heaping of conservative rhetoric courtesy of Mike Huckabee, you can watch both segments provided by Right Wing Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Bryan Fischer: 'Muslim' Barack Obama Cannot Be Christian And Pro-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has bad news for Barack Obama because the president can’t be Christian and support LGBT rights, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer is no stranger to such ridiculous attacks, having recently claimed that equality for gay people “represents the greatest single threat” to liberty the United States has ever faced.

Speaking on hate-fest radio show “Focal Point” last Friday, Fischer claimed that Obama is not a Christian because "nobody can support and promote and celebrate homosexual behavior who is a sincerely devoted follower of Christ."

Taking advantage of his direct line to god, Fischer added "I do not know what goes on inside Barack Obama's heart, but I do know that he is not a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ. So, in my mind, that means he's not a Christian."

Just on the off-chance his listeners had forgotten, batshit Fischer reminded his brainwashed readers that Obama “walks like a Muslim...talks like a Muslim...sounds like a Muslim...acts like a Muslim.”

Watch Fischer’s latest in an increasingly desperate recent series of outbursts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Detroit Minister Sues Michigan For The Right To Conduct Same-Sex and Polygamous Marriages

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 2.36.41 PMA bold Detroit minister filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan, alleging state law violates his right to religious freedom by barring him from conducting same-sex and polygamous marriages reports The Detroit NewsRev. Neil Patrick Carrick filed the lawsuit on Monday against Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, citing that the state's ban on such unions runs counter to the First Amendment and 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Carrick issued a stoic statement on the matter Tuesday.

Said Carrick:

"Churches should have the right to marry who they want to marry. I've been told by others that 'we would love to marry (gays and lesbians) but we can't because we would be breaking the law.'

"The state of Michigan does not have the right to tell us what to do in our church."

In the lawsuit, Carrick claims the state engages in "the disparate treatment" of gays, lesbians and what he calls "plural relationships." Carrick, a former pastor with the United Church of Christ, says he turned down requests from same-sex to marry because he would be breaking state law. Michigan law states that someone who knowingly performs a marriage ceremony for same-sex couples is a punishable crime and carries a fine of up to $500. "Michigan officials create discrimination and potentially prosecution of private conduct between consenting adults without requiring law enforcement officials to show harm to society or those involved," Carrick said.

Gina Calcagno, the campaign manager for Michigan for Marriage, an advocacy group that wholeheartedly supports same-sex marriage, said many religious are eager to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples. "They are just waiting for the state to catch up," said Calcagno. The United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit last April against the state of North Carolina arguing that the state's marriage law violates the First Amendment rights of clergy to "free exercise of religion." A federal judge struck down the North Carolina law in October.

A spokesman for the Michigan Attorney General's Office declined to comment about the lawsuit Tuesday. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would review a case challenging Michigan's gay marriage ban. 


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