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Former bus driver has sued the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, charging that the nine-county transit service discriminated against him based on his religion when he was fired for refusing to drive a woman to a Planned Parenthood clinic in January.

Edwin Graning, who was hired as a driver on April 1, 2009, was “concerned that he might be transporting a client to undergo an abortion” when he was assigned to transport two women to Planned Parenthood, according to his lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Austin.

Graning is seeking re-instatement, back pay and undisclosed damages for pain, suffering and emotion distress. He is represented by lawyers from the American Center for Law & Justice, founded by evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson.

Edwin Graning, thestatesman.com 61 Comments [7/24/2010 6:41:32 PM]
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Doctor Whom

The IPU commands me to smack stupid people upside the head. Come here, Edwin; you wouldn't want to deprive me of my freedom of religion, would you?

7/24/2010 6:46:06 PM

Flah

Going to the ACLJ... Because there are some things even the ACLU won't touch.

7/24/2010 6:46:16 PM

AmericaNeedsALeftHand

Thats like a Hindu bus driver refusing to drive someone to McDonalds to have a hamburger. Except Hinduism actually prohibits beef and the Bible doesnt say a word about abortion.

7/24/2010 7:01:56 PM

Jesus Klingon

If you don't do your job, fuck off and get another one. I don't care if you're pro-life or pro-choice driving a bunch of pro-lifers to a rally.

7/24/2010 7:03:40 PM

caustic gnostic

ACLJ versus ACLU! Coming soon to a broadcaster near you!

...hey, that rhymes!

7/24/2010 7:07:44 PM

Painful

Yeah, because no one ever goes to PP to get their annual physical or medications. Not to mention how I've heard their prenatal care is excellent and usually free of charge.

I hope the women sue for pain, suffering, and emotional distress right back and he finds a nice cactus to sit on. Feel sorry for the amount of money that is wasted to fight this idiot.

(When I lost my insurance, I found out how badly other clinics treated you when you ask to pay in cash... PP's midwives, nurses, and support staff were absolutely WONDERFUL and caring people - I cried at the care and tenderness they offered me in my time of need because they were going to save me from my PMDD instead of turning me away.)

7/24/2010 7:22:51 PM

JonnyTruant

He failed to perform his job. He gets fired. Texas is a right to work state, that's how it goes.

7/24/2010 7:25:55 PM

Nihlum

@AmericaNeedsALeftHand

The OT is full of god commanding fetuses to ripped out of women, its pretty obvious that god loves abortion, so long as he gets to watch it.

7/24/2010 7:28:22 PM

Musicalbookworm

<sigh> You know, I'm guessing that someone using a rural transit system CANNOT drive. That's the situation I am in and being stuck in a rural area and unable to drive is definitely one of the circles of hell. Stories like this make me so glad that I have enough friends that I do not have to rely on our local transport services.

7/24/2010 7:51:10 PM



Ugh. I bet you'd cry persecution if someone refused to drive you to church. Also, PP has some of the best gynocological services I've been through. I'd be continuing to bleed to death if it wasn't for them.

7/24/2010 8:00:52 PM

TGRwulf

So he's sueing because he got fired for not doing his job? Yeah good luck with that one moron.

7/24/2010 8:37:30 PM



Not only should he be fired, he should be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail.

7/24/2010 8:37:43 PM

Vince

I really, really, really want to see how pathetic an argument he can make.

7/24/2010 9:15:25 PM

Panz

Fail

Get the fuck off your religious high horse asshole. You had no right to discriminate against that woman with your bullshit, so they canned you for that, not because of your religion, but because you chose to practice it on others that you shouldn't have done.

Honestly you fuckers are so damned stupid it's almost sad

7/24/2010 10:15:39 PM

Sisyphus

@djjj: No one thinks they'll find the girlfriend/boyfriend of their dreams on fstdt. It's not a dating site. It's a "take the piss out of idiots" site. Do try to keep up with the rest of the class dear.


7/24/2010 11:40:16 PM

peabody

Hey djjj you sound cute a/s/l?

7/25/2010 12:47:21 AM

Murdin

@djjj "These people are teenagers, this is the 21th century, they are more uniformed in their views and opinions than a Soviet Politburo
was but they think they’re oh so special because they have our own desktop and a favorite shampoo."

I find it funny that the only true thing in that sentence is "this is the 21th Actually, there's nothing true in that sentence since this is the 21st century.

Also, I think you completely missed the point of this site.

7/25/2010 1:45:51 AM

aaa

You refused to do your work for some bullshit reason that is irrelevant in your line of work. You were fired because you were a bad employee.

7/25/2010 1:53:56 AM

LDM

Dude, you're a bus driver (or you were a bus drive). It's your job to drive the fucking bus, not decide where people are allowed to go.

7/25/2010 3:17:28 AM

London Jew

It later transpires that he had no idea whether the woman was visiting PP for an abortion or what: he claimed first that he rang PP to find out, then he claimed his wife rang PP to find out, and finally it emerged that no such calls were made, and all he did was assume that because the lady was visiting PP, it must be for an abortion. He is going to lose big style, the idiot.

Also, FSTDT is nothing but teenagers? Dunno about that ... I have a teenage grandson, if that's any help.

7/25/2010 3:32:17 AM

John_in_Oz

If its against his religion to drive the bus, he shouldn't be a bus driver.

7/25/2010 4:46:16 AM

Canadiest

Nope, fired with just cause, refusal to perform job.

You give them rights like this they'll out-holiday the Jews in less than a year.


7/25/2010 5:18:16 AM

Horsefeathers

"Graning is seeking re-instatement, back pay and undisclosed damages for pain, suffering and emotion distress."

Yeah. Good luck with that.

"He is represented by lawyers from the American Center for Law & Justice, founded by evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson."

Have those jokers actually ever won anything? You hear about successful ACLU cases all the time but I don't think I've ever heard of the ACLJ doing much of anything other than being a mouthpiece for evangelicals on radio shows and such.

7/25/2010 7:06:24 AM

shadkat

How about next time you just drive the goddamn bus like you're supposed to? That's what bus drivers get payed to do, last I checked. What next? "I didn't drive them to -insert location here- because I thought they were Democrats/Muslim/ugly..." Or anything, really.

7/25/2010 7:10:35 AM

moose

Does that mean that atheists can refuse any service to an xian that might cause religious overtones? Say...not serve food? (xians say "grace" over food). If somebody has a heart attack in church, can the ambulance driver refuse to drive? And more importantly, should a doctor refuse to give medical attention to xians? Afterall, your babble says you should get church elders, lay on hands, and pray. No doctors needed. Hmmm?????

7/25/2010 8:36:33 AM
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