A Texas county is finally being exposed for refusing to hire Muslims, Jews or even people of the “wrong” Christian denomination as peace officers.
The discriminatory hiring practices of the Williamson County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office had, until a ruling by a Texas judge, prohibited any applicants who were not “Baptist Christians” from being hired.
The judge in the case ruled last week that the case against Williamson County should go forward. That decision was made after it was revealed that a job applicant exposed the county for having a religious test for constable jobs.
“I was shocked,” Robert Lloyd said, at a press conference. “I was sick to my stomach when I left because I had never believed that things like this in government would go on.”
Lloyd explained that Williamson County required him to reveal his views on marriage, abortion as well as what religion he practiced and denomination, during a job interview for the job of peace officer at the Williamson County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, according to KVUE.
KVUE also obtained a video deposition of Williamson County Commissioner Lisa Birkman as well as other commissioners acknowledging that these questions were asked to applicants.
“I asked a question on their view on gay marriage to all the applicants for Precinct 3 Constable and their view on abortion,” Birkman admits in her deposition.
Attorney Wayne Krause Yang, said that if applicants were not Baptists, they were not hired.
“If you don’t go to the church that they go to, you can’t have a job as a public employee in Williamson County,” Yang explained.
More applicants are coming forward, describing the same discriminatory hiring practices.
“You can see that they actually took notes about gay marriage and abortion responses and noted that in their political, religious opinion, that his response was not definitive,” Yang noted to local KXAN. “So you can see that this actually affected his ability to be a constable.”
Watch the local report from KVUE in the video below…
(Article by Jackson Marciana; image used for illustrative purposes)