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‘Fire’ has two meanings: Man loses job for burning Koran — until about 5PM tonight

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On September 15, 2010 @ 12:57 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

At least, that’s my prediction. I give it until the end of the day.

I say this because Derek Fenton — the man fired for burning a Koran at the September 11 rally against the “Ground Zero mosque” — worked for something called NJ Transit, which has “union” written all over it.

Here’s NJ Transit’s side of the story:

NJ Transit said Fenton was fired but wouldn’t give specifics.

“Mr. Fenton’s public actions violated New Jersey Transit’s code of ethics,” an agency statement said.

“NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed.”

Fenton was ushered from the protests by police on Saturday and questioned, but he was released without charges.

[Note: I found reference to a NJ Transit "Code of Ethics" for vendors, but not for employees, online. I'll keep looking.]

“Left vs left” battles are always fun to watch. In this case, progressive union types (not to mention the ACLU) must decide if they’ll side with a “brother” against the left’s current favorite minority/bully, Islam.

I attended a conference on liberty and free speech in the U.S. last weekend. I was repeatedly asked to relate the most colorful horror stories related to our battles against politically correct censorship up here in Canada. Inevitably, my listeners would reply with a sigh of relief, “Well, thank God we have a First Amendment in America.”

Americans too often think of the First Amendment (or even just the two words “First Amendment”) are a magical incantation that can make disputes about free expression disappear. As Fenton’s story — and countless others — illustrate, such complacency is unwarranted.

Canada has a constitution, too. It’s even called, hilariously, the “Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” But at the end of the day, all these words, designed to protect other words, are simply words, and have been twisted by justices from the Supreme Court on down.

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