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Macy’s Employee Fired For Bullying Trans Customer Claims Religious Persecution

Natalie-Johnson-abc-newsDown in Texas last week, God-fearing college student Natalie Johnson went to her job at Macy’s and had what must have been an eye-opening experience: a trans woman shopping for women’s clothes. It was unconscionable! Just not right! She had to fix it!

So when the customer tried to defile the purity of a woman’s dressing room by entering it, Johnson, 27, took it upon herself to set things right.

“I made sure to keep an eye on him because he was shopping for women’s clothing,” she told KSAT TV in San Antonio. “I had to just straightforward tell him, ‘You’re a man,’ and of course that really got him steamed.”

Johnson refused to let the unnamed woman enter the ladies dressing room, even though the customer’s friends informed her it was Macy’s policy to allow transgender people to use the dressing room of their choosing.

Johnson got fired for not complying with the retailer’s diversity policy (score one for Macy’s!) but quickly filed a complaint with the Federal Employment Commission, claiming her religious beliefs prevented her from recognizing transgender people.

Not recognizing them? Is that being color-blind—she literally can’t see them if they’re walking down the street?

Jezebel’s Margaret Hartmann nails why Johnson’s “religious discrimination” argument is pure B.S.:

“In Deuteronomy 22:5 it does say, ‘A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this,’ but if you’re going to strictly adhere to that passage you probably can’t work at Macy’s anyway. A few lines later it says, ‘Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together,” and “Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.’ The entire clothing department is in clear violation of these rules!”

Oh please—tassels on the corners of cloaks is sooo 2007.

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