Skip to comments.Derek Fenton, Koran-burning transit worker fired from his job after Ground Zero protest, re-hired
Posted on 04/22/2011 10:02:49 AM PDT by rogue yam
A Koran-burning New Jersey Transit worker, fired for his protest near Ground Zero last Sept. 11, is getting his job back - along with an extra $25,000 for his troubles.
Derek Fenton, 40, will also collect back pay since his Sept. 13, 2010, dismissal for torching pages of the Muslim holy book on the site of a proposed lower Manhattan Islamic center, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.
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NJ Gov. Christie was wrong and quite a jerk regarding this case. I hope he learns something here.
Good to hear that the taxpayers of NJ have to pay for his extended vacation with a $25k bonus.
Free speech is grand, 25 grand to be exact.
As always it is the taxpayers who get hosed but still it is better that than to have evil leftists dictating to us what we are allowed to say in public.
He should not have been fired at all, exercising his Free Speech, but somehow the Taxpayer gives the guy $25K AND his job, because a higher-up wrongfully fired him....let the guy who fired him PAY.
Good to hear the 1st Amendment kicked Mohammed's butt though.
I think they need to commemorate this moment with autotune.
Maybe the guy had a good union rep.
Have you seen any indication that Mr. Fenton received assistance from a union in this case?
No the ACLU helped him (they got $25,000 also)
I have heard tell that Sept. 11, 2011 is Worldwide Burn a Koran Day.
This was a no brainer, and I’m stunned by Christie’s position. The government can’t punish you because they don’t like your speech. I remember, years ago, when President Reagan was shot, some civilian employee at a city police department said she was glad it happened. The police department fired her, but the courts overturned it for the same reason. Unpopular speech and loathsome speech have to be protected, or we’ll turn into Canada- where a human rights commission fined a comedian for insulting a lesbian at a comedy show.
I think the transit authority calculated this “forgive and forget all” to be cheaper than the cost of a full blown lawsuit before a local jury that probably would be sympathetic to the Koran burner, specially since it looks like the burning was done off the job.
That's fine, but it remains that the PERSON WHO DECIDED TO DO THE UN-LAWFUL TERMINATION SHOULD BE FORCED TO PAY THE RESTITUTION, NOT the TAXPAYERS.
Here’s how this needs to be done whenever someone feels the need to back off a muzzie. While I’m not a book burner it does indeed seem to be an effective way of letting camel jockies from the Arab 22 know how you feel. And everyone should have a copy of the Koran for the same reasons you need Mein Kampf and a Bible-—so you know what’s in ‘em.
You do not want to enrich a bookmaker just to insult a Muzzie so make up some color copies of just the cover of your Koran. Then hit a few garage sales and buy up a basket full of old Danielle Steele or Zane Grey paperbacks. Paste the Koran covers on the paperbacks then you really do have something worth burning. Put a big photo of your favorite dumba$$-of-the-day behind it. Set the thing on a pile of bacon and light it off. Send the video to your local TV station and maybe even Al Jazeera.
Putting all of Asia Minor on notice that some of us don’t much like their cheap krap can’t be all bad. You can thank me later.
I burned it to a CD ROM, then burned it in my fireplace. I posted pics here, but all I got was crap from FReepers upset that a soldier may get shot at because of it.