Driver suspended for refusing to drive bus with atheist ad

The Des Moines, Iowa, bus driver who refused to drive a bus with the above ad on it has been suspended from her job. According to a report, Angela Shiel refused to drive the bus because the ad of the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers goes against her Christian faith. The 8-year employee faces termination.

According to the report, the general manager of Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), Brad Miller, said that "DART policy states that drivers cannot choose which buses they drive." He said, "'Drivers are not permitted to reject a working bus. It's a very fundamental policy for DART. ... It's an essential rule that we will maintain.'"

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Comment by Louis Davout on August 19, 2009 at 3:30pm
I'm sorry but I'm sure most of us have to do things at work that we'd rather not have to. "I really don't want to write this report." It's a choice I can say no 'I won't do it' and my employer can fire me. Or can suck it up and do it. It's not like they asked her to do any illegal or unethical.

Most likely she was brainwashed as a kid and for that she has my sympathy. Otherwise deal with it.
Comment by Daniel W on August 19, 2009 at 2:52pm
John's point, "They can't afford to have drivers pick which busses they drive just based on the advertizing." sounds valid to me. So does Jacqueline's - she needs the job and is willing to do it. Jacqueline, what do you think about the Iowa climate? Probably not much different, I imagine!

Here is an article about how 3 families sacrifice to make their lives correspond to their religion - Muslin, Christian, and Jewish.

There have been many times over the years that I worked holidays for other people, adjusted my schedule for their Friday or Saturday or Sunday off, accomodated their church-based events by trading hours, and never once has any of them ever offered to do anything in return. This Christian may be playing it up as the victim, but in reality, she is asking for an accomodation that is not valid, and I didn't see that she was offering something in exchange for that accomodation.
Comment by Jennifer W on August 19, 2009 at 10:15am
I totally respect her right to protest, though. Its not like she's burning buildings. But is good that the company's not kowtowing to the religious this time. Sucks for the driver, she's risking her job in a terrible job market!!


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