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A former sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is suing for $ 300,000 in damages, claiming he was fired for attempting to comply with the so-called “Billy Graham Rule.”
Manuel Torres, 51, said he was let go by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, because he refused to be alone with a female intern, because that would be a violation of his Evangelical Christian beliefs.
“Torres is in the possession of a strong and sincere religious belief and that the Bible doesn’t allow it, as a married man, it will only be for a long period of time with a woman who is not his spouse,” the federal lawsuit states, according to the Charlotte Observer.
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The Evangelist Billy Graham, who passed away in 2018 and beyond, it can be seen on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N. C., Dec. 20, 2010. (The Associated Press)
The training would need Torres to be with his wife for a “considerable time” in a patrol car, the lawsuit says.
According to the Observer, Did, early in July, 2017, are exempt from the training contract, but his request was denied. Two months later, a superior “expressed his outrage” over Torres’ repeated requests to be released from the contract.
A North Carolina man’s discrimination lawsuit is believed to be one of the first to describe the so-called “Billy Graham Rule,” the plaintiff’s argument. (iStock)
Torres claimed that he was fired soon after, with no explanation from the sheriff’s office. Since then, he has claimed that he was in court, and other law enforcement agencies refused to hire him after learning about Lee County’s case.
The former deputy, a Southern Baptist, which can serve as a deacon in the local church, and is believed to be the first applicant to call the ” Billy Graham Rule, the making of complaints of discrimination, BuzzFeed News reported.
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Torres has called the defendants, Lee County Sheriff Tracy Lynn Carter, and the cities and towns of Siler City and Apex, from where he was looking for a new job.
The Rev. Billy Graham, the famous preacher, who died at the age of 99 in February of 2018 and beyond, it was a favour, not just to be with a woman who is not his wife, BuzzFeed News reported.