Koran burner Derek Fenton booted from his job at NJ Transit
Interesting dilemma here. While this guy’s a prick who provocatively insulted a whole religion by publicly burning a Quran where it would get the most attention during a gathering of bigots, does he really deserve to lose his job in a country where free speech is valued, and where freedom to criticize those who speak freely is also valued?
Before you answer consider all the factors, including that his job involves public transit, and if you are responsible for the transit system one of your first missions is to ensure public safety. Does having a provocative bozo working for the transit system help or hinder safety? What policy did he break, any transit workers out there care to speak up?
The protestor who burned pages from the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero was fired from NJ Transit over the controversial act, sources and authorities said yesterday.
Derek Fenton’s 11-year career at the agency came to an abrupt halt Monday after photographs of him ripping pages from the Muslim holy book and setting them ablaze appeared in newspapers.
Fenton was ushered from the protests by police and questioned, but he was released without charges.