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Walgreens Fires Pharmacist for Refusing to Violate His Religious Beliefs
Christian Newswire ^ | Feb. 12, 2014 | Tom Ciesielka

Posted on 02/12/2014 4:43:36 PM PST by ToastedHead

Yesterday, the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, together with Nashville area Tennessee attorney Larry Crain, of Crain, Schuette & Associates, filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of Pharmacist Dr. Philip Hall against the Walgreen Company. The complaint alleges that, in August 2013, Walgreens wrongfully fired Hall, who had been employed for six years as a pharmacist at Walgreens' store in Jamestown, Tennessee, in violation of his constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to freedom of religion.

Hall, a practicing Baptist, entertains profound religious and moral objections to dispensing abortifacients, or abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B. For six years, Walgreens respected Hall's religious beliefs and gave him only favorable reviews for his work performance. But in August 2013, Walgreens did an "about-face" and tried to force Hall to dispense Plan B in violation of his beliefs. When Hall indicated his intent to continue following the internal procedures that accommodated his beliefs, Walgreens fired him...


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"Hall says he has chosen to file the complaint not only to repair and redress the losses that he has suffered but also in order to prevent similarly situated pharmacists from being forced to choose between honoring their consciences and keeping their jobs."

God Bless him! I've been right there, same chain, same feeling of fear. I left before it went OTC, so I always just lied and said I didn't have it in stock to keep my job safe and my conscience clear. I admire his strength. I quit once my pregnancies were over and I could change jobs.

1 posted on 02/12/2014 4:43:36 PM PST by ToastedHead
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To: ToastedHead

Hey, I know Larry Crain. I haven’t spoken to him in a few years, but we worked on some civil litigation together in the 90’s. He is a good man and an excellent attorney. I’m glad he took this case.


2 posted on 02/12/2014 5:08:59 PM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: ToastedHead

Sorry. His protected rights to freedom of religion end where his employer’s rights to sell a legal product begin.

If he doesn’t like it, he needs to find new employment.


3 posted on 02/12/2014 5:09:44 PM PST by Maceman
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To: ToastedHead

He will be blessed and may all those in the medical field take heart and take a stand. Guess I’ll let walgreens know what I believe, too!


4 posted on 02/12/2014 5:10:42 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: Maceman
Sorry. His protected rights to freedom of religion end where his employer’s rights to sell a legal product begin. If he doesn’t like it, he needs to find new employment.

Agreed. Kind of like a pacifist who works at a munitions factory objecting to his work.

5 posted on 02/12/2014 5:13:31 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Maceman

In today’s political climate, could Acme fire a Muslim butcher for refusing to serve pork ?


6 posted on 02/12/2014 5:14:38 PM PST by HawkHogan
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To: Lizavetta

No. It’s not remotely the same. Employers can’t discriminate based on race, religion, national origin etc. If your employer can’t force you to take off a Hajib, it can’t force you to dispense a morally questionable product.


7 posted on 02/12/2014 5:16:46 PM PST by HawkHogan
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To: Maceman

——Sorry. His protected rights to freedom of religion end where his employer’s rights to sell a legal product begin.-——

Sorry, but Walgreens can’t change the rules after six years of accommodating his religious beliefs....

There was a policy in place to address his concerns....

Not unless they changed their written policy on this issue.... Article does not say they did...


8 posted on 02/12/2014 5:20:13 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Maceman

Private companies should be able to set whatever policies they want and should be able to terminate anyone for any reason. Sadly that is not the law any more so I’ll get upset over this one as soon as all the leftist victims group’s cases are tossed.

On a side note I have been looking for a little push to stop using the Walgreens right down the street because their customer service stinks. I think persecution of Christians will do the trick.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 5:24:30 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: ToastedHead

well walgreens will be a little lighter in the pocketbook shortly.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 5:25:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Maceman

that’s not true.

hospitals have religious conscience clauses for docs and nurses. they also have exception clauses for non-religious reasons.

the company for six years knew his objections and were fine with it. to change it after all that time, knowing he didn’t change, is tantamount to deliberately trying to fire him.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 5:29:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lizavetta

and you know there’s millions of those people so the analogy is really spot on. we almost lost the war b/c there were so many of them in the munitions plants. /s


12 posted on 02/12/2014 5:31:19 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

——Private companies should be able to set whatever policies they want and should be able to terminate anyone for any reason.-——

Can’t agree more....except that didn’t happen in this case...

Walgreens has a policy to address this religious issue by asking other employes to dispense the offending drugs....

They accommodated him for six years.... Then they change the rules arbitrarily and fire him on the spot...???

Now if they changed a written policy and asked him to sign off on it and he refused.... That is an entirely different matter....


13 posted on 02/12/2014 5:33:01 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HawkHogan
If your employer can’t force you to take off a Hajib, it can’t force you to dispense a morally questionable product.

True, but in my opinion an employer should be able to mandate a Hajib-free workplace.

And people who have a moral objection to contraception products are asking for it when they get a job at a pharmacy. At that point they're looking for a fight.

14 posted on 02/12/2014 5:35:07 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: HawkHogan

Yes, if it would be an undue hardship to have some other butcher handle pork.

https://www.casetext.com/case/hellinger-v-eckerd-corp

http://www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=4642

http://books.google.com/books?id=KaAENNMUbJUC&pg=SA2-PA274&lpg=SA2-PA274&dq=muslim+religious+accommodation+cases++summary+judgment+granted&source=bl&ots=DmKnLXYYD_&sig=nHw0s6m334usJ4NlYDoa7qVyfLI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HyL8UsndL8WX2QXag4C4CA&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBDgU#v=onepage&q=muslim%20religious%20accommodation%20cases%20%20summary%20judgment%20granted&f=false


15 posted on 02/12/2014 5:40:13 PM PST by socalgop
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To: ToastedHead

We must stand with him and other Chistian pharmacists who take a stand and refuse to dispense abortion pills, birth control and other drugs that they may find objectionable.


16 posted on 02/12/2014 5:42:37 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Maceman

Title VII requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious beliefs.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 5:42:47 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: ToastedHead; All

Wonder how many Business Socialists are going to defend Walgreens because “Business has a right to do so”?

Good that this man took a stand and groups are willing to help


18 posted on 02/12/2014 6:11:40 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: Maceman

Sorry. His protected rights to freedom of religion end where his employer’s rights to sell a legal product begin.

If he doesn’t like it, he needs to find new employment.


Ahh the usual Business Socialist response!

And which Amendment in the Constitution specifically protects a businesses right to sell abortion products, and to violate an individuals rights in the process?


19 posted on 02/12/2014 6:14:19 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: ToastedHead

In NYC DeBlasio, like his predecessor, requires that all medical students in the City of New York be required to perform/assist at abortions as part of their training. It would not surprise me if this clamping down on the pharmacist is either a requirement in o-care or vindictiveness on the part of someone in management.


20 posted on 02/12/2014 6:44:46 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: huldah1776

Time to turn in the Walgreen Stock.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 6:55:26 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Maceman

Oh yeah, try telling a homosexual that you won’t bake him a wedding cake.


22 posted on 02/12/2014 7:00:39 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: ToastedHead

Just contacted Walgreens using the following link. In order to submit you have to put a date of visit and I used today’s date.

http://www.walgreens.com/mktg/contactus/contact-us-forms.jsp?tier3Id=1075

I lost two parents this year. . .both WWII Veterans and to think that they put their lives on the line for what this country has become. It disgusts me.

God will not be mocked. If our nation doesn’t turn around soon as well as offer support to Israel, we are doomed!


23 posted on 02/12/2014 7:29:34 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: ToastedHead

Good for Dr. Philip Hall!!


24 posted on 02/12/2014 7:47:32 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I won’t shop there. Will any of you?


25 posted on 02/12/2014 7:48:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

CVS.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 8:00:10 PM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: Manic_Episode

We have a local CVS with good managers and employees. I am not sure if CVS has pulled a stunt like Walgreens has.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 8:19:45 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Maceman

And the Constitution be even further damned, eh?

Man, you guys are scary.


28 posted on 02/13/2014 8:04:55 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Maceman

Seems that includes wanted acts of murder which is illegal buy made legal by the state for convenience of not having to deal with the consequences of ones actions. While employers due have the rights to hire and fire, they don’t when it comes to issues of taking innocent life, its still murder.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 8:45:56 AM PST by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: SeminoleCounty
Ahh the usual Business Socialist response! And which Amendment in the Constitution specifically protects a businesses right to sell abortion products, and to violate an individuals rights in the process?

Sorry, but it would seem that YOU are the socialist here. Otherwise you would be appalled at the idea that anyone has an inherent right to a job, that they cannot be fired by an employer at will, and that the government can require a private business to retain an employee who refuses to sell the employer's product, even though it is legal.

Moreover, you may have failed to note that to the extent abortion is murder, that is rightly a matter for state law, not federal law. That's why it is the individual states that make their own laws regarding the definitions of murder and the punishments associated therewith.

I suppose you would support that claim that a supermarket cannot fire a Muslim cashier who refuses to sell pork products. You are essentially making the same argument.

By all means, argue vociferously for abortion in all forms to be outlawed. Stand outside the business with a sign and call for a boycott.

But let's not support the right of the government to decide who businesses must hire and cannot fire. I recognize that the federal and state governments have been doing just that since the totalitarian leftists took over the writing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

But we here at FR, and in the conservative movement, are supposed to be arguing AGAINST such government encroachment.

30 posted on 02/13/2014 9:11:05 AM PST by Maceman
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To: Maceman; SeminoleCounty
This thread is posted in the Religion Forum. The main guideline here is "discuss the issues all you want, but do not make it personal."

Do not make this thread "about" yourselves - discuss the message, not the messenger.

31 posted on 02/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PST by Religion Moderator
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