Ford Employee Fired For Anti-Gay “Sodomy” Tirade Claims His Religious Liberties Were Violated

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 2.18.41 PM< A former employee of the Ford Motor Co. says his religious liberties were violated when the carmaker fired him for posting anti-gay vitriol on the company's website.

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In a suit filed Friday, Thomas Banks says he was terminated last year after writing that Ford’s LGBT affinity group, GLOBE, was “an assault on Christians”and that homosexuality “leads to death,” in the comment section of an article on the Ford company Intranet site.

Two weeks after his comments were posted, Banks was told he violated Ford’s anti-harassment policy and was dismissed.

Ford “acted intentionally out of malice or reckless disregard for Banks’ federally protected rights,” his lawsuit claims.

Banks claims he supports workplace diversity, saying he “respects others, even those who disagree with him… and merely hopes for the same respect in turn.”

Photo: GLOBE

He’s looking for unspecified damages under federal civil rights law and Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which prohibits job discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, age, sex or marital status.

Sexual orientation and gender identity, however, are not protected by Michigan law.

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