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CARY, N.C. (BP) -- A Southern Baptist deacon and law enforcement officer is suing his former employer for religious discrimination, claiming he was fired because he refused to spend long hours alone with a female deputy he had been assigned to train.
The plaintiff Manuel Torres does not mention in the lawsuit the late evangelist Billy Graham, but Graham was known for establishing early in his ministry a standard -- aimed at avoiding the appearance of evil -- to not spend time alone with a woman other than his wife. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has also cited the standard as a personal practice. Read More