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Ovation: I Support The Firing Of Polly “Have a Blessed Day” Neace.
I have a job, I have a job description and I have a boss. I do what is expected of me, I follow my supervisor’s instructions and I get paid for my service. I don’t always like what I have to do. In fact, sometimes I don’t look forward to it at all. I think that’s why it’s called going to “work” instead of going to “fun”. Some people seem to understand the concept of employment differently. They seem to believe that their faith somehow trumps their paychecks and that it’s ok to defy orders if they believe it’s the right thing to do. Pharmacists who refuse to sell “morning after pills” and county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when their job descriptions indicate that they are to do so are, quite simply, insubordinate employees … regardless of their reasoning.
In light of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the U.S. court system will surely fill with cases involving individuals and corporations attempting to use “sincerely held religious beliefs” as an excuse to avoid doing or paying for any number of things. Or, as in the case of Polly Neace of Walton, Kentucky, to sue an employer after being fired from a job as a bank teller.
Ms. Neace, as a matter of practice, said the phrase “Have a blessed day” all of the time to customers as she worked, Monday through Friday in the local U.S. Bank branch. Saying this phrase didn’t appear to be an issue at first but, in March 2011, she received a code of ethics violation stating that several customers had complained about her using the phrase. Neace, who says she lives her beliefs every day, took her proselytizing even further by asking customers if they accepted Jesus as their savior. The bank found this, also, to be unacceptable and she was reprimanded again but she continued, despite multiple warnings, to use the phrase until she was ultimately fired.
Polly Neace has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank claiming she was discriminated against for exercising her religious freedoms.
Sorry, Polly, you were fired because you didn’t do what you were told by the folks who were signing your paycheck. In the same manner that fast food restaurants can instruct their employees to ask “do you want fries with that”, most companies can instruct their employees to refrain from asking questions or using phrases that do not conform to their standards and practices.
If Hobby Lobby can force religion onto its employees, why can’t U.S. Bank force secularism onto its own?
Surely, U.S. Bank will win the pending lawsuit filed by Ms. Neace as she was not discriminated against for exercising her “religious freedoms”. She was fired because she didn’t perform her duties as instructed by her supervisor … she was fired for insubordination.
And those pharmacists should be fired, too. And those county clerks. I’d be fired if I refused to do MY job.
If Polly Neace wins this lawsuit, will it be just a matter of time before firemen refuse to put out fires at abortion clinics and paramedics refuse to give treatment to unwed mothers? Before Jewish or Muslim customers are turned away at Catholic-run hospital? Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination regardless of the underlying reason. I wonder how Polly would react if the cashier at Piggly Wiggly asked her if she’d found Allah.
I support the firing of Polly “Have a Blessed Day” Neace. Do you?
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