Los Angeles lifeguard was fired and the reason will leave you spitting mad

You can either toe the line or you’re going to be in for a world of trouble.

That’s the demand emanating from the political left these days and it’s especially true this time of year.

Now, a Los Angeles lifeguard was fired and the reason will leave you spitting mad.

Jeffrey Little is a Los Angeles lifeguard who has been employed with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 22 years.

He’s also a devout Christian who takes his faith very seriously.

Unfortunately for him, that fact has become increasingly problematic to the powers that be, within his community.

The county’s far-left Board of Supervisors passed a motion in the Spring of 2023 requiring the Progress Pride flag to be flown at county facilities throughout June, which has been earmarked as LGBTQ “Pride” month. 

This “Progress Pride” flag is a rainbow flag that has additional colors to include “representation” for transgenders and various races.

No dissent allowed

Little asked for a religious exemption from having to raise the flag.  

His request was initially granted and he was told he wouldn’t have to raise the flag himself or ensure it was raised at his station. 

But that didn’t last.

Little said that two days later, a supervisor left three Pride flags near his station and lifeguards were ordered to fly the flags.

Little took down the flags and was later told that his religious accommodation was denied.

He said that his supervising officer, Arthur Lester, ordered him to fly the flag but Little refused.

Lester then hoisted the flag himself.

Sidelined lifeguard: “I was being targeted…and my religious beliefs were not being taken seriously”

Little filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and in a complaint included in the suit, he said, “I felt like I was being targeted or entrapped by [Section] Chief [Arthur] Lester and my religious beliefs were not being taken seriously. He did not notify me of this change and gave me no heads up that the flags would be flying.”

Little was removed from his role on a background investigation even though he reportedly “had an exemplary record” and “never any concerns with his work or reputation.”

Then things got worse.

Little’s lawsuit alleges that a death threat was leveled against him and his daughters at his family home.

Paul Jonna of the Thomas More Society told Fox News, “He courageously stood on principle and asked for a simple religious accommodation, which he is rightfully and legally due, only to be first denied, then threatened, harassed, discriminated and retaliated against for his widely shared Christian religious beliefs.”

Little’s suit claims religious discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and violations of the First Amendment.

Jonna added, “In this case it’s so easy. There are situations where accommodating a religious observer would be difficult. This is not one of them. This is the most straightforward possible accommodation request. And yet they’re just ignoring him.”

Here’s to hoping that common sense prevails and religious freedom is upheld.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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