By Alex TrebekPosted April 13, 2018 04:07:10A Christian woman from New York who allegedly posted religious content on her social media accounts after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness was charged with violating the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules prohibiting discrimination based on religion.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Jessica McBride, the plaintiff, said she was forced to remove content about God after being fired by the company.
McBride is a senior policy analyst at the Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative Christian group.
The lawsuit said she has received death threats.
The FTC, a nonpartisan agency, prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion.
The agency does not have the authority to prohibit or regulate discrimination based solely on religion, according to a news release.
“These cases underscore the need for Congress to strengthen the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is vital for the First Amendment and the protection of all Americans from government-sponsored discrimination,” said FRC President Tony Perkins.
The commission’s ruling came as it sought comment on a lawsuit brought by a group of New York residents who allege they were harassed by the New York City police in the months after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The lawsuit claims that in October 2015, police officers and members of the NYPD’s intelligence unit made repeated threats and harassed McBride and her husband, Michael McBride.
In the complaint, Michael and Jessica McBoys allege that they were approached at their New York apartment building after the 9/11 attacks by two uniformed NYPD officers who demanded that they leave.
They allege that one of the officers threatened to “break up” their marriage and had his finger on the trigger of his gun.
They also allege that the officers allegedly touched their private parts.
The suit also says that the NYPD did not investigate the threats.
McBoys’ lawyer, Robert Grosz, said that while he would not discuss details of the case, McBride’s alleged conduct is consistent with her status as a religious woman.
McBrands lawyer, Christopher Fassone, said in a statement that the complaint “shows the disturbing and alarming lengths to which law enforcement officers are willing to go to silence religious people and their families.”
McBride and Fasson also said that they believe the NYPD has violated the First and 14th Amendments by targeting a woman who simply wants to share her faith with others.
“This is the wrong decision for her and the wrong move for New York and the United States,” Fassones said.