Christian Fired For Sharing God

More Christian persecution at the hands of institutions of “higher learning”.

A Christian woman is battling a California university and state social agency for terminating her internship because she shared her faith with co-workers during off-hours.

Jacqueline Escobar was completing a master’s degree in social work at California State University Long Beach when she interned with the Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS.

A straight-A student, Escobar was complimented regularly by the DCFS for her work. But she came under scrutiny for sharing her faith with co-workers during lunch breaks and after-hours, and for changing into a shirt with a religious message – “Found” – after signing out for the day, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing her.

A trial is scheduled to begin April 3.

“Through this case, we hope to send a powerful message to government employers: you cannot trounce upon the First Amendment rights of people of faith and expect to get away with it,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute.

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Escobar was directed to stop speaking about her faith, even during breaks and after work hours.

Also, the university ordered her to sign a document admitting she had “an inability to separate her religious beliefs from her role” as an intern.

She refused to sign the document, arguing she couldn’t agree to such a sweeping prohibition that included her religious practice during non-working hours.

Consequently, Escobar was terminated from her internship and threatened with expulsion from the graduate program.

She then contacted Pacific Justice Institute and filed the federal suit.

What I completely fail to understand is why on earth did the university think it could dictate to Ms. Escobar what she could do during her own time. Think about this, folks.
The decision to do this probably did not reside with just one person. So we have a group of people who see absolutely nothing wrong with prohibiting a person from not only practicing her freedom to exercise her religion, but also prohibiting her from exercising her right to free speech.
Now I understand that an internship is not the same as actually being hired by an organization (if I’m wrong on this account, please let me know), but the person still has the same rights afforded all other citizens of this country.
The fact that the university even thought they could do this should be very alarming to all of us.

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4 Responses to “Christian Fired For Sharing God”

  1. michael says:

    I can understand an employer prohibiting religious talk at work. But once she signs out, who cares what shirt she wears?

  2. Steve says:

    I disagree with part of your comment.
    A person does not lay down their first amendment rights once they walk through the door of their job.
    As long as she was talking about her faith during breaks and lunch only, and not during working hours; in other words, her job performance was not being affected, and if she was not forcing people to listen to her after they had asked her to stop, then she is well within her rights to exercise her religion at work.

  3. michael says:

    You have some good points; remember, however, that I approach this issue as one who, in the States, was part of a religious minority that was frequently trageted by missionary/witness types.

    I am not saying that these folks are rude (for the most part, they do stop when asked). But my own experiences have given me a different view of the issue.

    If she can demonstrate that her job performance was not affected, and she limited religious expressions to lunch/break/after hours, then yes, you are right, and she has a strong case.

    In general though, I think religion oughta be left at home.

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Michael,
    As always great to have your comments.
    I tend to live my religion everywhere. Very few people at work don’t know that I am a Christian, but I have never rammed my faith down anyone’s throat.
    But not all Christians are like me, and I am so very far from perfect even in the religious aspect.
    I feel that a person can live their religion and lead by example, without being too pushy.
    God Bless!!

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