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|A former member||
For those who don't know me well and those who do,
my name is Theo (legally known as Thomas until when I change it).
I work as a Hazardous Materials Specialist for the LA County Fire Dept.
My job is to respond to toxic waste emergencies hence the nickname DR TOXIC.
Well, DR TOXIC has been sent into exile at work and reassigned work responsibilities.
There are many legal issues I can't discuss; my life is very happy outside
of the 40 hours at work where I deal with an extremely stressful harmful angry
environment with delusional, angry people as my superiors. These hateful people
become angrier by the second, minute, hour, day, week, and month that I work.
At this point, I am within days and weeks of being wrongly terminated.
Now, you ask what does this have to do with me as an animist or polytheist (the
word Pagan is roman in origin and used by Christians, Jews, and Muslims to
discriminate against other religions and non-religions)?
Well, because the main discrimination I face is religious in nature contrary to
the First Amendment of the US Constitution and Article 1 Section 4 of the California Constitution
which gives us the right to enjoyment of religion free of discrimination.
I have a private display in my cubicle of the various religions which make up my
personal spiritual path. These religions include Buddhism (Tibetan mainly), Hinduism (Ganesha),
Egyptian (Tehuti and Isis), Voodoo (Elegua), and Shamanism (including herbalism).
Well before my exile, I put a protective spell (mainly buddhist) on my workspace and the items in the cubicle.
This spell involved herbs including tumeric, mustard seed, hyssop, basil etc. Also, a pair of Nagas (protective
serpents to protect me against evil wrongful actions) was arranged in an unrecognizable buddhist swastika
( http://en.wikipedia.o... ). The herbal display which has a small amount of herbs
has resulted in an unexplained punitive direct order to remove it from my desk. I have a strong
conviction about this and have refused to sign and remove these items advising them
that my human rights to religious freedom were legally protected. At this point, they are preparing
to either suspend or discharge me. It is interesting that no one who sits near my cubicle complained
per my conversations with friends who surround me and I can speculate that someone in management
or supervision got wind of the displays in my cubicle and decided to punish me for it. Very Sad.
I will post time date stamped photos for you. You will see that a reasonable person would not be offended.
I have contacted the ACLU and am waiting their response.
I have found a half dozen high powered downtown LA law firms to have screened
to potentially represent me on a contingency fee basis. I will be contacting them soon
once I have prepared a case summary. I am now dipping into my rainy day fund
to take care of some bills and prepare for the possibility of being on unpaid leave.
My finances are stable thanks to being frugal and saving money.
So you ask? How can I help?
Be supportive. Say prayers and cast spells with me and all others who face
religious discrimination at work in mind. Keep in mind that this will turn
out well with your support. You will reap the harvest of freedom and acceptance.
I am a whole man at this time and ready to carry my 15 minutes of fame with a swagger.
Feel free to email me for further details or if you have any ideas.
Many Blessings Be
Metta, Om Ah Hum
Em Hotep, Ma'at
Aho. Mitakuye Oyasin (To all my relations)
Theo (aka Dr Toxic Herbal T)