Sunday, October 22, 2006

Man, I love seeing these things coming.

Recall, if you will, that back here, I made the argument that, if Canada's Christian loons wanted to discriminate based on their religious beliefs, then it would be only fair to let everyone discriminate for any reason whatsoever.

Well, well, well ... hoist, meet petard. Dontcha just love it when karma walks up and bitchslaps someone who so richly deserves it?

Me, too.

JUST TO BE CLEAR, I don't actually support the firing. If you read the comments section there, a number of people suggest that there might be more here than meets the eye. Having a sign or sticker on your vehicle is in no way justification for getting fired, regardless of how put out it might make someone else. Freedom of speech and all that. In fact, as Ed explains, that should have been explained to the original complainant, and the matter left at that.

On the other hand, if the fired employee went beyond just advertising his beliefs, and spent company time badgering his co-workers with his point of view, that is, of course, a totally different matter, but there's nothing to suggest that that happened. In short, I don't see that the company had any justification for what it did.

Having said that, though, it's still amusing to see the hypocrisy, isn't it?

BY THE WAY, I wonder how many of the people who are now rushing to Mr. Padilla's defense gave a fuck when this happened? Just curious.


Anonymous said...

I cringe when I see people making excuses for these lowlifes who discriminate and stick their noses in the affairs of others, by calling it free speech or freedom of religion. Such crap wouldn't stand for 2 seconds if directed at a race or religion for that matter. But for gays, it is "free speech" "religious freedom" or whatever other bullshit phrase used. When a private company has a clear harrassment policy in place, they have every right to fire someone who has clear intent to harrass, as this individual did. That being said, such firing in a unionized environment would likely not stand, but a message will have been given nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

I agree CC, there is much more to this story than meets the eye. We can rest assured it wasn't just the sticker that was the kicker. That being said, how would a sticker saying something derogatory about a race or religion stand. Answer: It wouldn't.