DeWitt R. Thomas objected to a black bagger in a grocery store in the town of Big Sandy, Texas touching his groceries because it was “against his creed” for a “negroidal” person to touch his food.
This happened again two days later but this time the store owner Keith Langston was waiting for him. He called the police, filed a criminal trespass warning, and banned Thomas from coming to the store again. Thomas then filed a lawsuit that he was being discriminated against because of his religious beliefs.
And what religion might that be, that has rules about the allowable color of the skin of the people who bag your groceries? I’m glad you asked. Thomas said his religious beliefs are based on Vedism, “which encompasses Hinduism” which I am sure that will be of interest to scholars of Hinduism. Thomas added that, “Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy.”
And as for the basis of his lawsuit?
Thomas said he has not broken any laws and was exercising his religious freedom and the rights he has been given.
“White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else,” Thomas said. “It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from west/central Africa) not touch your food.”
Thomas’ based his claim that his civil rights were violated on that criminal trespass order. He also said Langston is wrong for trying to tell him who can touch his groceries and refusing to serve him.
There are clearly people out there who have got the impression that ‘religious freedom’ allows them to be exempt from any and all laws, let alone common decency.
Religion is turning out to be the last refuge of bigotry.