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16 July 2010 @ 06:42 pm
first it was the pharmacists  
Bus driver claims abortion views led to his firing.

Woman wants to take bus to Planned Parenthood. Bus driver refuses, on the grounds that OMG BORTIUNZ! Bus driver is fired. Bus driver then claims religious discrimination.

I'm not going to get too upset until this isn't laughed out of court. In the meantime... this is where all those fucking conscience clauses for pharmacists inevitably lead. For fuck's sake. I think what pisses me off is the moral cowardice of people who are simultaneously claiming to be great moral martyrs. If something is really that big a deal to you, you should be willing to lose your job over it. The real heroes get arrested, get beaten by cops, get death threats, because they're willing to stand up for what's right and damn the consequences. It reminds me of something a college professor once said, about the difference between civil disobedience and criminal behavior - if your goal is to change the system, you take the consequences and use them to further your cause. If your plan is to get away with it, you're just breaking the law for your own advantage. There are people who will proudly resign rather than do a job that they think is unethical. This guy is just a jerk.

(Comments on the article are not as rage-inducing as I would have feared. There are plenty of people pointing out that a) PP offers lots of non-abortion-related services and b) you don't get to not do your job and then complain that you got fired.)
Commander Coralie Onasi Alenko Shepardnoabsolutes on July 16th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
The comments on this news article seem to be overwhelmingly reasonable.

Where the hell am I? Is this still the internet?
burgundyburgundy on July 17th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
My experience with comments on the Statesman is that if anything can be turned into an attack on Obama and/or illegal immigrants, then it will be. I haven't read through the comments in detail, but I didn't see any of that at all, which is just further proof that it's a bleed-through from some kind of alternate dimension.
Mark Jondahlixzist on July 17th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, what if that woman needed timely treatment for syphilis? Maybe the bus driver could be found liable for blocking treatment of a serious communicable infection.
Thomthe_dying_id on July 17th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
This man seems to be doing exactly what you claim he's not. He willfully disobeyed his supervisor, was fired from his job, and is now fighting it in court. He took the consequences of standing up for his beliefs and is trying to use them to change the system. If he wins this court case it would set a president for anybody to refuse to perform a job duty that required them to help someone obtain an abortion. That would be a huge victory for the pro-lifers. Why do you think an evangelist church is paying for his lawyer?
The ravenous bugblatter beast of Traalred_girl_42 on July 17th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
For all he knew, she could have been going there to picket AGAINST abortion.

Bus drivers are not entitled to know the reasons why their passengers are going where they're going. It's not like anyone was asking him to work the aspiration machine, for God's sake.
Virginia Fell: vaginavirginia_fell on July 17th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
WTFery abounds. In a country where unemployment is still somewhere around one in ten people... this guy is STILL willing to lose his job for the chance to oppress women. Thanks, man. Way to be a bro.
Etched with marks but I can dealfinding_helena on July 17th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, maybe a more deserving person will get the job now. He's doing his part for the unemployed!
Virginia Fellvirginia_fell on July 17th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
This is true. There is something noble about stepping aside so that somebody who has empathy for their fellow humans can have a shot at succeeding.

Way to go bus driver. >:P