Hot topic: Buddhist Texan fired for disobeying Biblical orders

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Earlier in the week, we reported on the story of a Buddhist employee at Texas-based Goodman Networks. After his employers asked him to disseminate daily Bible verses to staff, he refused. The next day, he was fired via an after-hours phone call, and the employers cited his refusal as the reason.

The employee, who had been working for the company for eight years, is having his case seen by a Texas district court. As to whether the man will be awarded damages, readers had some interesting perspectives to offer:
While this SOUNDS like a real problem for the company, recent court decisions regarding commerce and refusal to provide commercial services based on religious beliefs indicate that the company may be right.
If a photographer can be required to provide services for a gay marriage ceremony, so too it seems would a communications director be obliged to "communicate" the company's message a directed. – Hoganwch


I don't understand where the company's HR Director was while they were discussing the termination of this employees and during the actual termination. This termination should have occurred due to insubordination of the employee and nothing else. We as an employer have a right to request employees to perform their job as directed. Employees have a choice as to whether to work for us or not. There was nothing discriminatory about this situation. It was just not handled correctly by management in my opinion. I'll be watching for the outcome of this situation. – Cheryl McCorkle

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