Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NJ Hero Punished for Burning Koran

"Koran burner Derek Fenton booted from his job at NJ Transit

The protester who burned pages from the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero has been fired from NJTransit, sources and authorities said Tuesday.

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

"He said, 'This is America,' and he wanted to stand up for it, in a Tea Party kind of way," a police source said.


Several neighbors in Fenton's town stood up for his right to express himself with flames.

'Good for him for burning the Koran,' neighbor Jacqui Marquez, 40, said."

Read more on this outrage here.

Update: Daily News online poll currently has 78% in favor of his right to burn the Koran. 11:39pm


Pastorius said...

I don't think New Jersey Transit, as a state government body, has the right to fire Mr. Fenton, do they?

midnight rider said...

Under the at-will-employment doctrine I'm afraid they do.

Pastorius said...

We shall see.

If not, this ruling would then render Free Speech a dead issue for ANY public employee.

And, if that's true, then it really is time to start deposing the government by any means necessary.

midnight rider said...

Oh I don't think what they did is right by any means. But it may be legal.

Employers have long fired/eliminated positions because of employee's actions or views beyond the workplace.

Alexander Münch said...

It is Mr. Fenton's First Amendment right to be a prick if he wants to !
He did what he did on his own time and away from his working place !
What legal right does the New Jersey Transit Inc. nas to mess up with his life ?
My "Crocodiles" would eat their "Crocodiles" ALIVE !!!


Always On Watch said...

Gah! My blood pressure just soared.

Think of the implications here. Work for the government, and STFU about any political issue contrary to the present regime's policies, views, etc.

Always On Watch said...

Would he have been fired if he'd burned the American flag?

Epaminondas said...

The fact that NJTA is a govt entity may give him some rights not applicable if he worked for a private company.

Alexander Münch said...

I can't get rid of the suspicion that the NJTA was approached by "Certain elements" offering them something which they just could not refuse !
It was too quick, too swift and too PROFESSIONAL !



Jason Pappas said...

I wonder if Fenton is going to appeal and fight it. I'd like to support his efforts if he doesn't appologize.

Pastorius said...

Good idea, Jason.

I wonder what Pamela and Robert Spencer will have to say about this?

Alexander Münch said...


You wanted to see what Pam has to say about this shit... here it is:-

NJ Transit Taliban Enforces the Strict Sharia: Fires Employee Who Burned a Qur'an - Atlas Shrugs