Just a quick post today, because I want people to spread the word about this.
This weekend I had an amazing time at Paganicon getting together with like-minded people in a safe and educational environment. At times like these I really feel like being Pagan is no big deal; it’s just another spiritual path that has all sorts of adherents, and we can all get together and talk about important things. But this morning back in the office, reality rudely awakened me once more to the fact that some people just don’t get it. That’s fine, but it’s a problem when those people then harass you and cause you to lose your job.
This article gives a compelling picture of Â a group of people highly uncomfortable with having to work side by side with a Wiccan. We see the kinds of sneers and slights she had to endure; her complaints about harassment went unheeded, while a woman afraid that she’d be the target of a hex was escorted to her car for protection. It seems clear from the emails referenced in this article that this woman’s coworkers and supervisors at TSA were all working in unison to get her fired from her job.
I really wouldn’t expect more from an agency like TSA, because even though they’re a government agency and should be following the letter of the law… well, they don’t seem to have any regard for the 4th amendment of the Constitution, so why should they care about the 1st?Â However I am disappointed with the judge’s ruling in this case and truly hope that the woman is able to hire a lawyer for her appeal, because it’s possible she was just in too deep and not able to present a conclusive case to the judge that proves without a shadow of a doubt that she was fired because of her religious beliefs. Unfortunately, “as a Wiccan, I don’t believe in coincidences” just isn’t going to cut it in a court of law.