Monday, December 31, 2007

Thou may be speaking too loudeth

Oh boy, this will be a nasty bump in the news and courts I am sure.

I hope for the transit company's sake they have plenty of witnesses to her reading too loudly to her children.

I am also sure there is more to this story than meeteth the eye.

Woman Escorted Off Bus For Reading Bible Aloud

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) ― A passenger on a Fort Worth bus says the T. Bus Service discriminated against her religion.Christine Lutz says she was reading her Bible to her children when the bus driver asked her to stop or get off the bus.

Lutz, a Seventh Day Adventist, and her children were on their way to church. "She then said, 'Well I don't think this is the place or the time to do so.' And I said, 'Oh, but it's the perfect time and the perfect place since it is our Sabbath and it is the time with the Lord and therefore I'm going to continue.' And I continued," she explained. Then, a TRE supervisor came on board. Lutz also told him that she would not stop reading.

She and her family were escorted off the bus. "This was definitely a clear cut case of persecution," she said.

Or was it a clear cut case of policy? "Anyone who is loud will be asked to be quiet," said representative Joan Hunter. "That is a standard policy across country in the transit industry."It doesn't matter what is said, the T has a policy of no loud or abusive behavior. "It's only if the other passengers will complain, or it's obviously so loud it's distracting the operator, that we will ask them to stop," Hunter explained.