The religious banned at ULA
They’re coming for you next: The rocket company United Launch Alliance (ULA) yesterday fired Hunter Creger, the man who organized public protests against its COVID shot mandate.
Creger, a Laser Weld Technician at ULA, reported for his day shift at the rocket parts manufacturing plant on Wednesday for the first time this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Creger organized a protest with other employees to raise their voices in unison over the company’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
The mandate requires the federal workers at the plant to be vaccinated by Friday, October 29, or face termination. Creger asked his supervisors if the suspension is related to his role in the protests. He said they would not clarify that, but he has his own suspicions. “Even after all of this, after walking me out of the facility for my role that I played in the protest, at the root of all of this is because I’m a Catholic and that’s why they fired me. They denied my religious accommodation. That’s what started this whole thing.” [emphasis mine]
According to the story, more than two hundred employees filed for a religious exemption to the mandate. All were denied.
The company of course can hire and fire whoever it wants. However, it appears the company is deciding who to fire not based on any rational rule but based on specific religious beliefs. This is blatant discrimination and violates numerous civil rights laws that have been in effect for more than a half century.
I suspect that if Creger sued ULA he would win easily, costing the company a lot of money. And that loss would be on top of the loss of a substantial portion of its workforce, which creates for ULA a bigger problem. What is it going to do if more and more of its employees disappear because they won’t tolerate this oppression? It will surely cripple it when it tries to compete with companies like SpaceX who have not imposed such rules.
And you can be sure that if SpaceX is forced to enforce mandates, it will quickly approve all requested religious exemptions, no questions asked. That has been the culture of that company, as established by Elon Musk, from day one. He might demand ungodly hours from his workers, but he also supports them to the hilt.
Finally, at what point do these unevenly applied discriminatory COVID mandates become entirely unjust? I think we are already at that point, but soon it should become obvious to everyone. Because of their panic over COVID, those in power and their supporters are now demanding that some people be treated as unclean and inferior.
Nothing good can come from this. Nothing.
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