Christian Discrimination Alleged in Lawsuit by Customs and Border Protection Vehicle Mechanic

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An auto mechanic for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in Tucson says in a lawsuit that the agency and fellow employees are discriminating against him because he's a Christian.

David Stanford, who's worked for the CBP's Tucson Sector Garage for about two years, says co-workers ridicule him and play "extraordinarily loud music" because of his religion. The agency has passed him up for a couple of promotions, giving the jobs to "non-Christians" and supervisors are overly scrutinizing him, says the lawsuit. (See below.)

The harassers are non-believers and Catholics who "evidently" think his beliefs are too extreme, Stanford says when we reach him today.

The lawsuit doesn't state specifically what his antagonizers did, but Stanford says one proof of anti-religious bigotry is that anti-Christian cartoons from the Internet were taped to his workspace, he says.

Hmm. This is obviously not persecution on a Roman scale. But Stanford insists that his co-workers did even worse things to him. He's also suing on the basis of age discrimination.

Unfortunately, he cut the conversation short after mentioning that he probably ought to talk to his lawyer before giving us a full interview.

"It's all going to come out in the trial," he says.

Stanford's still working for the garage. He wants unspecified damages and a court order that'll stop the harassment.

No turning the other cheek on this one.

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fastershooter
fastershooter

I hear he has a nice round number of $250k he is looking for.  I understand he isn't a real big bible thumper neither (as some would call him) attends a church - just upset at a system that selected better qualified personnel for the jobs, and that he can't get his way around the system.  Focus on work and God's blessing will come to those that God feels can handle the expanded blessings.  Seems like everything has to be about him.....after a while peers get tired of the so called reglious individuals complaining about the little items, and when they don't get their way...a lawsuit appears.  Unfortunately the GOV will settle, because it's the easier thing to do than take to court to actually hear both sides.

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Jwphx
Jwphx

Sounds like someone looking for a well funded early retirement.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

First of all, the one who is not a Christian is this jackass. He's probably "moral" as hell, but morality is not what makes someone Christian. I am a Christian and unafraid to say it, and more importantly, I don't surrender my faith in Christ to these "moral" jackasses.

He's probably a hoot to work with. I guess he doesn't believe that world is coming to an end next month. Someone should remind him because a lawsuit will be the least of his worries in a few short weeks when he'll be chased around the desert by Jan Brewer's headless corpses.

ZackReligious
ZackReligious

Wow. Christian-bashers on this website - who'd have thought?

Sorry JYG - the Constitution provides protection of "freedom of religion" - even the "wacky extremist types from the fringe". And this right directly applies to protection in the workplace.

It would help to get both sides to the story before jumping on the "extreme Christian bashing" bandwagon. (Of course, if the plaintiff were female or Muslim or gay or Hispanic, I'm sure that he'd have all kinds of defenders in the comments section here.)

Native Guns
Native Guns

"if the plaintiff were female or Muslim or gay or Hispanic, i'm sure the he'd have all kinds of defenders in the comment section here."

Typical innuendo from an infidel. It's well documented that you extremists nutjobs are famous hypocrites and deceivers of the worst kind. You would go on to be quick to place judgement on anyone whose ideas are not on par with your own. I don't know how an average joe could put with someone like this wacko in the article, preaching and talking about Jesus everyday. Sure I'm a believer in my own right, but most would agree with me that we appreciate it, if you do not shove your religious beliefs down the throats of the American people.

I would "defend' a female over an in-closet religious gay boy like youself, anytime. We are the *REAL* heteosexual Christian males. And not the wacky wonders of the lunatic fringe.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

This is cute. Some old wack guy being wack. Doesn't everyone turn up their music when some obnoxious Christian comes around insisting you accept Jebus into your life?

Native Guns
Native Guns

"It's all going to come out in the trial," He says impishly

Mr. Stern, are you saying he sounds a bit annoying and obinoxious? I can't blame you, since alot of religious zealots and "bible thumpers" are quite bothersome. His co-workers said his views are "too extreme", according to this article. Maybe so, I figured this nut is an extremist of the far right. Of course his views are "extreme" and dangerous. He needs to keep his religious beliefs to himself. Don't get me wrong, I am a "Christian" too, just not the wacky extremist type from the fringe.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Most of the people I know are Christians. But as you say, not obnoxious loudmouth weirdos who see persecution behind every Black Sabbath set. Also this guy is trying out the ageist angle as well, which kind of dilutes his dedication to persecution-free Christianity, know what I'm sayin?

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