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Posted: 8/6/2002 4:30:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2002 5:26:21 AM EDT by 9divdoc]
[url]http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=573&ncid=573&e=7&u=/nm/20020805/od_nm/bibles_dc_5[/url] Bible-Reading Prison Workers Win Minnesota Lawsuit Mon Aug 5, 9:28 AM ET ST. PAUL, Minn. (Reuters) - Two prison employees reprimanded for reading their Bibles in silent protest of an employer-sponsored training session on homosexuality have been awarded $78,000 in damages by a federal jury, their attorney said on Friday. The U.S. District Court jury on Thursday agreed that the workers were discriminated against during the 1997 diversity training session entitled, "Gays and Lesbians in the Workplace," said attorney Francis Manion of The American Center for Law and Justice, a Virginia-based public interest firm that frequently supports religious causes. The employees, Thomas Altman and Ken Yackly, contended in their lawsuit that their silent objection to the mandatory session put on by Minnesota's Department of Corrections was to read silently from their Bibles. The lawsuit charged that the session amounted to state-sponsored indoctrination aimed at changing their religious beliefs about homosexuality. After receiving reprimands for "inappropriate and unprofessional conduct" they filed suit, arguing their right of free speech was abrogated and that they were discriminated against on the basis of religion. A spokesman for Minnesota's Department of Corrections said the two remain employees but could not comment on the verdict pending further court action on the case.
Link Posted: 8/6/2002 4:43:43 AM EDT
This may be an important decision in the courts. Be interesting to see the final outcome....
Link Posted: 8/6/2002 4:54:51 AM EDT
Wow, this is too cool. Nice to see the system protect traditional Christians also. Maybe this'll be the start of a surge of pro-Christian court actions.
Link Posted: 8/6/2002 5:06:44 AM EDT
Wouldnt a surge in Pro-Christian court cases have to be preceeded by a glut of anti-christian actions??? That said....these two guys were right on! Even though I am an atheist I cannot condone the state trying to force any view down someones throat!
Link Posted: 8/6/2002 5:08:09 AM EDT
Most excellent. --LS
Link Posted: 8/6/2002 5:14:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Stormbringer: Wouldnt a surge in Pro-Christian court cases have to be preceeded by a glut of anti-christian actions???
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IMHO traditional christian values and morals have been under assault from without and within for years.
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