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Do you need Jesus to serve bread to customers? The courts will now decide. (Image from Shutterstock)

Is trust in Jesus necessary to bake a bread bowl? That is the question at the heart of a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, where a Pagan woman alleges she was fired from Panera Bread due to her religion.

Tammy McCoy claims that she lost her job as a baker at a Panera location in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania after her supervisor learned that she held pagan beliefs.

According to the lawsuit, McCoy respectfully kept her religious beliefs to herself, until one day she asked about her faith by her supervisor. Upon hearing that McCoy is Pagan, the manager allegedly told her she’s going to hell.

The location’s general manager, who witnessed the incident, reportedly nodded in agreement. And that was just the beginning.

A Heaping Helping of Discrimination

A few days later, McCoy was given a reduced work schedule. When she asked about it, she alleges that she was told directly that “your hours are being cut until you find God.”

Sure enough, later that week her schedule was reduced to three days a week, and she was sent home early on the days she was scheduled to work.

McCoy further claims that she was subjected to a hostile work environment, and was also told that “her religion is false, that she needs to believe in God, that her soul will be condemned to hell and that they would pray for her soul.”

When she asked for the corporate phone number to file a complaint with HR, she was allegedly told by the district manager “If you call HR about this, you’ll be fired on the spot.”

She did call HR, though, left messages every day, and never heard back. However, despite not telling anyone that she was making regular calls to HR, the supervisor seemed to know something was afoot, asking her “how those phone calls” were going for her.

McCoy was eventually fired, as was her husband, who also worked at Panera.

The Bread Bowl of Life

The lawsuit summarizes the case in clear terms:

"The plaintiff was subjected to a hostile work environment because of her religion. She was treated differently in the terms and conditions of her employment because of her religion. Her employment was terminated because of her religious beliefs. Finally, she was retaliated against for raising issues and concerns with managers and attempting to raise issues and concerns with HR regarding harassment and discrimination based on her religion."

It’s now up to the court to decide if Mrs. McCoy was discriminated against. Ultimately, one wonders what the supervisor hoped to gain from the question about faith. That is both a very personal and very touchy subject, particularly in the workplace. Why bring it up, especially if you’re going to have such a strong reaction to an answer you don’t like?

What do you think? Teachings say that Jesus is the bread of life, but is a Christian faith really required when baking bread?

126 comments

  1. Robb W's Avatar Robb W

    I hope she get's a huge settlement.

    1. Jack Gerber's Avatar Jack Gerber

      I'm with you. This is blatantly illegal and outrageous.

    2. SibylTheHeretic's Avatar SibylTheHeretic

      Sounds like a lawsuit to me.

    3. Marc Gokenbach's Avatar Marc Gokenbach

      Agree with you 100%.

  1. Barbara Harris's Avatar Barbara Harris

    That is such a shame and blatantly wrong. But I am a Pagan and have faced backlash myself. I hope that this is an incident that is just related to that store but until I find out I won't be stopping at Panera.

    1. Christopher Donald Zabel's Avatar Christopher Donald Zabel

      I'd say it goes beyond just one store. If HR was not responding to her but the manager knew about the calls shows that.

  1. Pamela Kay Waters's Avatar Pamela Kay Waters

    This is a bunch of b*******. How did her religion effect her work?

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    SUE PANERA and START a PAGAN LOAF BUSINESS !

    1. Jack Gerber's Avatar Jack Gerber

      Since Wicca is the fastest growing religion in America, that might just be a very good idea.

    2. SibylTheHeretic's Avatar SibylTheHeretic

      Do pagan loaves have ganja in them?

      1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

        I don't believe that's pagan specific. Most often bread loaves are just bread loaves.

    3. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

      I will go to that store

  1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

    Last time I looked, relgious freedom is an american right. Im sure there was not a sign at the store that said non-christians need not apply.

    I would have kept an extremely low religious profile knowing the history and ownership of the franchise. Not the place to wear my faith on my sleeve.

    Nevertheless, she's right, they are wrong and I bet they will make and or display Easter themed stuff like eggs and bunnies. Hahahahaha!!!

    1. Wanda Steigerwald Clifton's Avatar Wanda Steigerwald Clifton

      Religious freedom is a Constitutional Right! The question should never have been asked.

  1. Christian's Avatar Christian

    Christ taught : Love is 'god'. Love LOVE with all your being. Love All Beings. Love Your Self. Love enemies and create new friendships. The Good Samaritan didn't question the injured man about religion, he applied first aid, transported him to safety, paid for his stay & care, and promised to pay any additional expenses later.

    Pagans are to be loved, not harmed. Yahshua Messiah teaches the Way of Love. Faith, Hope, and Love.

    Yahshua says, "A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

    It is Christ's most simple, and most challenging teachings : LOVE ALL.

    Go, and Be a Disciple of Love.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Is this the same god that killed babies, and had a man stoned to death for picking up stick on the sabbath? Just asking for a friend!

      Kinda weird isn’t it?

      🦁❤️

      1. Christian's Avatar Christian

        It doesn't seem like it, it is a new way: The Way of Love.

        Empathology is quite a different upgrade from mythology.

        Loving Compassion and Mindful Mercy doesn't really require religions, rituals, or regulations.

        When you realize everything Christ teaches simply and directly negated all organized religions, pantheons, and mythology - you see why the professionals of his time took great exception to his Libertarian views.

        Being a Good Samaritan does not require you to pay anything to anyone !

        Just be Kind. Love is all you need. Someone should write a song or two about Love ? :-)

        Namaste.
        May your Loves Bless you with Joy and Gladness !

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          What is troubling is that this Jesus fellow is supposed to be the God of the Old Testament that caused those atrocities. He then is supposed to have come back in life form, but didn’t denounce slavery when he had a great opportunity to do so. It’s something I would have done if I was deity, but I guess my morals are better. Just saying!

          🦁❤️

      2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        It sounds like Chris must be a real masochist, doesn't it Lionheart?

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Well you know how folks like these particular Panera franchise owners see it, by employing someone who doesn't believe as they do is helping them go to hell or not try to stop them from going to hell, both of which would be the opposite of loving them...see, people will convince themselves of anything and then say "Wasn't me, it's God and God's will. Can't be helped, have to do it. (Besides, it feels good.)"

  1. The Rev. William C, Millhouse's Avatar The Rev. William C, Millhouse

    The Employees involved need to be dismissed and HR needs a total overhaul, This kind of stuff is way out of line.

  1. Nikki Tate- Coates's Avatar Nikki Tate- Coates

    Oh boy! Now I'm triggered. They most certainly discriminated against Tammy. First of all, when her supervisor asked about her religious beliefs, Tammy was not required to give an answer. She could have told her supervisor, that her religious beliefs were private. Tammy did give an honest answer, & suffered for it. What does baking bread have to do with religion? Baking bread has nothing to do with religious beliefs. I hope Tammy wins her case. Second of all, when business is Tammy's religious beliefs to any employer.

  1. Juan Rolón Rosario's Avatar Juan Rolón Rosario

    I really can't believe it. That is pure ignorance, she has the right to follow her Faith in the way she thinks is right. If you are Christian, Muslim, Wiccan, it does not matter and make no mistake, God through the centuries, places and cultures, the way of seeing the Creator has been very diverse. I would be very arrogant if I say that my religious belief is better or more correct than that of others. It is certainly disrespectful, and yes, I hope she receives a good compensation.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    In my senior year of high school, in 1981, I was already out of the broom closet, as we say in Wicca, and I was repeatedly discriminated against by christian students. I reported it to my school counselor, Mrs. Bolton, who only said she didn't think Wicca or Witchcraft was a religion. That's why I quit school. And forty years later, I still don't regret having done so. I'm still out of the broom closet, but within reason. When in Rome, I do as the Romans.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      There are many truths to everything, depending on our point of view.

  1. John's Avatar John

    I hope she was smart enough to keep notes and discuss her findings with someone other than her husband. Is she did I think it's safe to say she'll have at the least a lifetime of free bread at Panera. Amen!

  1. Mark Faulkner's Avatar Mark Faulkner

    That's not exactly a winning Christ conversion formula!!

    By their actions, the management team seems to be more than likely following the Antichrist in the name of Jesus. It is a much more prevalent pattern amongst Christians than most realize.

    I hope they eventually see how their actions and feelings affect those around them.

    I pray they find peace in their souls.

  1. Ronaldo's Avatar Ronaldo

    If my boss decided I was not Christian, or not Christian enough to suit him, and tried to force me to accept Christ, I would be less likely to do so, and more likely to realize that he has no clue about Christ's purpose. It is not a Christian's job to make more Christians. Instead, it is their job to plant seeds, and let God do His Work. Being a Christian only counts if you accept Christ with a free and willing heart, not if you are forced to accept Him out of fear. Instead of planting seeds of love, Ms. McCoy's superior decided to follow Satan's approach, and planted seeds of fear. This is definitely not acceptable behavior for a Christian, so I suspect this manager is a ChINO, a Christian In Name Only. While the Word is one thing, the Work is what really defines a Christian. Wicca, the modern form of Paganism, is a worship of nature, not Satan. God created nature, and many Christian songs extol the seas, the skies, the mountains, the trees, and all of God's Creation. Should all Christians just turn away from another group that appreciates the same things, or should they point out the similarities in their beliefs, and at least accept them as fellow human beings?

    1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

      RONALDO, IT IS WHAT IT IS, THIS IS THE WAY AND WE the FREE THINKERS MUST and WILL CHANGE, THE BRAIN MOTHs, RIGHT ON !

  1. Dennis Michael Parker's Avatar Dennis Michael Parker

    "Judge not lest ye be judged!"

    1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

      Yes! From Matthew 7:1-2, which goes on: "Judge not, lest ye be judged by the same measure, and found wanting." Exactly!

      Also, Matthew 7:3-5 - "Do not say to your brother, 'Here, let me take that speck from your eye,' when you have a log in your own You hypocrite! First take the log from your own eye, then you will clearly see the speck in your brother's eye."

    2. John Komorowski's Avatar John Komorowski

      Which does Not seem to be the way the Evangelicals think. Most are quite judgmental to the point of rudeness. They have to have the 'last word' in any conversation/disagreement.

  1. William Melvin Ferrell's Avatar William Melvin Ferrell

    Ask management if they celebrate Easter. If so that is a pagan holiday.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Yes it is pagan holiday...representing Animal fertility. The Christians took it straight from the Pagans because of the calendar timing which made it fit their own myths about Jesus.

  1. Clifford's Avatar Clifford

    There are way too many Bible quoting hypocrites preaching the word. But not nearly enough doing their best to live it.

    Most if not all of our holidays are based in Pagan traditions, rites of Spring, and the Solstices.

    That’s what many so called Christians don’t understand.

  1. Rev. Laurie G. Cleveland RN's Avatar Rev. Laurie G. Cleveland RN

    I lost a job because I wear a pentacle with a cadets. The acting CEO made up a cocktail and bull story that I tried to recruit a patient when I was with another nurse to learn a procedure. The person was a friend of mine and stated emphatically that this person never asked me if the event occurred. The CEO lied about so many things. I stupidly stayed because the patients didn't want a good nurse to leave. I was eventually fired when they took away my friend and I had 50+ patients. As one RPT said, You are the nurse to God." This is America. A person's believes should not be grounds for dismissal. It is against first 4amendment and the reason this country was formed. The laws or rules that Wiccan and many pagans follow are more strict than judeo-Christian beliefs. While there is the Golden Rule, the pagan version states the law of 3's and puts responsibility clearly on the person. ID you put out good, it comes back x 3. You put out bad, in cones back x 3.

    1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

      Don't you think a good nurse is someone who believes and trusts modern medicine and not God? The CEO should fire you if you put you belief in God over modern medicine especially if you are treating others. We know God kills good devoted Christians and non-Christians every day, cemeteries are filled with people put their faith in God to cure them instead of modern medicine. I would be horrified if a nurse or doctor told me to trust in God if I was receiving medical cared.

  1. taycomama's Avatar taycomama

    I'm glad the Catholic church is more tolerant. I worked in an office in a convent for 22 years, and from the first week they knew I was an atheist. It was never a problem.

    1. Linda Salavarria's Avatar Linda Salavarria

      Thanks for your comment. I went to Catholic school for 12 years and learned about all religions without judgement or hostility from the nuns. Some people have a big problem understanding that Catholicism is very open to other faiths unlike hardline and evangelical christianity, who force feed Jesus to everyone they meet. I don't talk about my faith, it is a personal thing, and I don't ask anyone about theirs. I believe that's how things should be. I hope this girl gets a huge settlement and these folks in PA learn to shut their pushy christian mouths!

      1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

        I was confirmed, and completed CCD, in a/the Roman Catholic church. The views of the pastor, though he was a kind and forgiving soul, were that the Church (and all Christian apostolic churches) were the "true way", and others were misguided and God would judge them himself. So while tolerant, he was still judgy.

  1. Joe R Day's Avatar Joe R Day

    Personally, I believe that their lack of Christian faith caused both of them to be fired, period. I too have worked for a shop that had 'prayer meetings' before work (unpaid lol), bible questions were regularly asked during working hours and I was asked repeatedly about 'What faith was I'. I told them it was personal and private and didn't appreciate their questions. This was an electrical contractor and at the time, I had 20+ years in the field. I asked for a layoff after 2 weeks and when I was asked why I stated "This is a hostile work environment and you are using your religion to bully and harass me." I had my money that evening and was glad for it. It was a good shop, except for that. My opinion is they are better off for not working in an environment of intimidation. Let the management find someone of their faith, so it's a more harmonious work environment there.

  1. Ray S. Jensen's Avatar Ray S. Jensen

    We are here to learn to love, not to hate for any reason. They are showing us how much they care and how much of a christian they are. Would Jesus fire her for not distributing loaves of bread? Just love one another. That is what we are hear to learn.

  1. Susan Modelle Gonzalez's Avatar Susan Modelle Gonzalez

    When Rick Perry was the Governor of Texas, he once said, “There is freedom of religion, not from religion.” We live in a f‘ed up world! I hope she and her husband get a huge reward from this! I used to like Panera, but now, it’s time to BOYCOTT PANERA! #boycottpanera

  1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

    We are to Love em to heaven and Christ, not to condemn them to hell.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      One person's heaven is another ones hell.

  1. Kevin Joseph Kervick's Avatar Kevin Joseph Kervick

    If Panera were a Christian company then I believe they should be allowed to hire only Christians, but Panera is not a Christian company as far as I know. I believe private companies should be allowed to hire and fire anyone, for whatever reason. The discrimination laws are unconstitutional. Government organizations are different. But, these are the kinds of things that happen regularly in multi-cultural, low-trust societies. The US empire is falling. It is essentially a corpse walking now.

    Many of us are joining the retro-culture. It is time to form new nations.

  1. Dr. Ronald J. Tuman's Avatar Dr. Ronald J. Tuman

    So we heard one side of an accusation, I live near this Panera's, there is more to the story that is being reported in the media.

    1. John R Goss's Avatar John R Goss

      Can you offer a cite for that, for those interested in other media reports?

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Such as?

    3. Jack Gerber's Avatar Jack Gerber

      Dr. Tuman -

      What is it that the media is not reporting?

  1. Mark Faulkner's Avatar Mark Faulkner

    That's not exactly a winning Christ conversion formula!!

    By their actions, the management team seems to be more than likely following the Antichrist in the name of Jesus. It is a much more prevalent pattern amongst Christians than most realize.

    I hope they eventually see how their actions and feelings affect those around them.

    I pray they find peace in their souls.

  1. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

    This is absolutly horrible, the actions of the supervisor and manager are not only unlawful, but not in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  1. Michael S Cope's Avatar Michael S Cope

    As a UNION shop steward. That manager is fired. It is against the law to ask questions like that. If it is true... I've gone into two panera shops in my life. I've left both times just because i saw cross contamination. Not changing gloves for each customer. Not properly cleaning utensils and nasty unkempt employees. So... I am not surprised this happened.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    If Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A can do this why can't Panera Bread?

    1. John R Goss's Avatar John R Goss

      Do they do this? (Seriously; I wouldn't know as I refuse to patronize either business.) All I know is they don't need to pay for medical interventions that violate the owners' religious beliefs. (And I'm not saying that SCOTUS was correct in that ruling.)

      1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

        They sure do. And Forever 21 had bible versus printed on their shopping bags. Guess God didn't like that as they are bankrupt. There are many companies which advertise Christianly such as Tyson Foods, In and Out Burgers, Mary Kay, Timberland, Alaska Air, Jet Blue, Tom's of Maine, and Weapons-sight maker Trijicon. Bullets used to kill people had bible versus on them.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    We ought to crucify those evil Christians at Panera bread. Or atleast stick pins in our voodoo dolls, in their images. I have a strong feeling my Pagan sister and brother are going to o win this case, and be too rich to ever have to work again. If they don't win the whole chain in court, I think it might be a good idea for lots ofother non-christians to get jobs there, be discriminated against, fired, and s ue the socks off of them! If you don't want to go through all that trouble, you might keep in mind that "When in Rome, do as the Romans." I'm sure it won't cause any karmic debt to tell a little, white lie to save our asses. And if I'm wrong, so be it. I'd much rather pay off the karmic debt, and keep my job. I carry a crucifix on a chain in my wallet, just in case accidentally venture into a crowd of christians, or hear about free food at a revival. Of course, I'll also wear my ULC ministers cap, and praise the Lord!!! I was already burned at a stake in one incarnation. Y'all can form a long line of Pagans, hold hands, and in unison wallk into the ocean in the name of Paganism (or even Wicca), but don't expect me to come along. I'd rather stay home, and watch a good movie on TV. I won't even pray for fools. And, "With a fool no season spend, or be counted as his friend." Blessed be!

    1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

      Is this truly the way of the Rede? To direct malice toward others by those means only serves to let malice fester in your heart, which harms yourself. Or at worst, releases negativity aimed toward them, which could harm them. Correct me if I'm wrong, but does not the Rede teach, "An ye harm NONE, do as ye will"? Or using a Christian parable - if you direct hatred toward them in thought, your thoughts may turn to prayers, which violates the Golden Rule. Unless you wish others to hate you, hating isn't really the way. Better to lead others by example, and boycott those kinds of businesses, even demonstrate against them. Whether pagan or Christian or other.

    2. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

      I must disagree about the voodoo dolls.The idea is against both pagan and Christian teachings, and here's why. I have a few Wiccan and other pagan friends who have taught me the Witches Rede (or Code). The last line is similar to the golden rule: "An ye harm NONE, do as ye will." Translated - "So long as you do no harm, either to yourself, to others, or to the earth, you are free to do whatever you wish." Sticking pins in a doll aimed at the management of that Panera, while not specifically causing anyone harm directly, still forms negative feelings directed at them, which can fester in your own heart, hurting yourself. And in doing so, you would not be doing unto others as you would have them do unto you - unless you WANT others to hate YOU.

      Better to pray - to whatever deity you prefer to worship - for the poor souls to have the logs taken from their eyes.

      1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

        I prefer the saying " You have the freedom to try and take my life, but know in so doing you give me the right to take yours first."

      2. Angela Marie Yelton's Avatar Angela Marie Yelton

        Not all witches are Wiccan. The Rede is a Wiccan belief. There are many different types of witches, and hexing and dolls are perfectly fine in certain situations to them.

  1. Christian's Avatar Christian

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  1. Kevin Joseph Kervick's Avatar Kevin Joseph Kervick

    In these cases there is also something else going on. She probably had blue hair and a bunch of nose piercings.

    1. Shawn Conan Scott's Avatar Shawn Conan Scott

      Honest question - why would that matter? They are not necessarily what I should prefer, but to each her own. Are you pointing out that many discriminate based on these personal affectations?

    2. Robert A Stiff's Avatar Robert A Stiff

      And her body decorations matter because.....?

  1. Tabitha's Avatar Tabitha

    In America, "religious freedom" only applies to xtians

  1. Randall Wayne Williams's Avatar Randall Wayne Williams

    What are they afraid of? If your faith in God is strong, you have nothing to fear. Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version 10 (A)Fear not, (B)for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Besides, religious believes has no place in your work environment. However, faith in God has a place everywhere and it seems that these so called followers of Christ has neglected to practice what Jesus tought us in John 13:34 ESV / A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

  1. Sandra Lent's Avatar Sandra Lent

    A clear case of discrimination.

  1. John Florea Jr's Avatar John Florea Jr

    Well....is anyone surprised that the religious are persecuting others while claiming they are the ones persecuted? Panera will never get a penny of my money and the people that did this are hypocrites and if their beliefs are real then they have condemned themselves by judging others and defying their dogs commandments...I mean gods commandments, I think...

  1. Marie Alaina Walukas's Avatar Marie Alaina Walukas

    I am a Catholic. I have a relationship with my God and His son Christ. I worship in my own way and try to live by basic “do unto others” rules in my relationship with the Universe and everything that dwells within in it. That being said, I feel that everyone in every walk of life has a right to believe what they wish. It is a basic human right to profess and practice ones belief system as one sees fit. This woman had a case against Panera the moment the first supervisor told her she was going to Hell. She had a really good case the moment the manager nodded in agreement. Every action taken against her from that moment forward was text book discrimination. Being hostile to her, threatening her in regards to contacting HR, telling they were reducing her hours until she found God and then actually cutting her hours created a hostile work environment is blatant discrimination. Firing her was just the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae. If these idiots treat employees so egregiously, imagine how they treat their customers. The managers that bullied her should be fired and made to pay restitution to the woman for lost wages and a settlement to her for the grief she suffered under these mouth breathers Panera needs to be held accountable for this as well. There’s a reason she couldn’t contact her HR department......they hoped that if they remained silent on the issue it would make it all go away. So tell me Panera “how’s that cooperation between you and HR workin out for you now.”

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    THE GOV. SHOULD FINE and CLOSE the LOCATION, SINCE tRUMP EVERYBODY wants to BE a FAMOUS ARSE H... !

  1. Erika Suzannah Avery's Avatar Erika Suzannah Avery

    God gave us FREE WILL. I am Christian/Buddhist, but accept all, as long as they do not cause harm to others, or themselves! NO ONE deserves to endure hostility because of their beliefs, and discrimination/violence in the workplace is absolutely illegal and punishable in a court of law. The folks at Panera do not seem to be very intelligent! I only eat clean, organic food anyway, so I would probably not eat there. I will, however, share this with my thousands of followers on all my social media accounts. Perhaps it will create a hydra effect, and a large number of the populous will boycott this horrible company!

  1. Erika Suzannah Avery's Avatar Erika Suzannah Avery

    God gave us FREE WILL. I am Christian/Buddhist, but accept all, as long as they do not cause harm to others, or themselves! NO ONE deserves to endure hostility because of their beliefs, and discrimination/violence in the workplace is absolutely illegal and punishable in a court of law. The folks at Panera do not seem to be very intelligent! I only eat clean, organic food anyway, so I would probably not eat there. I will, however, share this with my thousands of followers on all my social media accounts. Perhaps it will create a hydra effect, and a large number of the populous will boycott this horrible company!

  1. Marc Gokenbach's Avatar Marc Gokenbach

    This is the epitome of the cancel culture that those very people rant about. If a person or people don't fit into their brainwashed idea of the world, they need to go. Shame on Panera for not immediately stepping in. I hope the 2 managers not only lose their jobs but are part of a separate suit. $5 million plus all legal fees seems like a fair settlement to me. I'm betting this will be settled out of court for an "unspecified" amount.

  1. Karen Bennett's Avatar Karen Bennett

    That is not very Christian like to judge her and then fire her. We are supposed to share the good word in hopes that someone someday come to Jesus and believes in the almighty God. She will win her case most likely.

    1. Karen Bennett's Avatar Karen Bennett

      Everyone believes in their own way!

    2. Karen Bennett's Avatar Karen Bennett

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  1. David Drudge's Avatar David Drudge

    When someone is Semitised for either their faith or opinion; this is not necessarily about the destruction of Christ? Capitalism with deception has always walked hand in hand with God. Jesus Christ spoke out openly about corruption. ''Jesus Christ'' was Semitised, never let this fact be un-written. Do you need Jesus to serve bread to customers? You should ask Tammy McCoy this foolish question? This should be your $$$ answer! In God we Trust: indeed.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      "Semitised?" What does that even mean?

  1. David Drudge's Avatar David Drudge

    I did

  1. Jessika A Keen's Avatar Jessika A Keen

    The corporate Twitter account for Panera sent out a tweet on March 26th that said “shh, we’re manifesting” with the words “pepperoni flatbread” encircled with white emoji candles. An action that is associated with New Age, Pagan and Wiccan spiritual and religious practices, taken and made light of in the name of advertising.

    This tweet was remarkably insensitive and tone deaf in general, and even more so concerning the lawsuit, and there is no way corporate Panera was unaware of the situation at the franchise, or the lawsuit.

    The tweet still stands, and Panera still has not made any comments on the situation.

  1. Richard James Clay's Avatar Richard James Clay

    I entirely support the decision and actions taken against this minion of Satan. Worshiping evil means you are a BAD person. The elimination of BAD people has to start somewhere!

    1. Jessika A Keen's Avatar Jessika A Keen

      Pagans don’t worship Satan

    2. Robert A Stiff's Avatar Robert A Stiff

      You need to research before you open your cakehole, Dick.

    3. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      You don't seem very well informed and your thinking is not clear either.

    4. Erika Suzannah Avery's Avatar Erika Suzannah Avery

      God gave us FREE WILL. I am Christian/Buddhist, but accept all, as long as they do not cause harm to others, or themselves! NO ONE deserves to endure hostility because of their beliefs, and discrimination/violence in the workplace is absolutely illegal and punishable in a court of law. The folks at Panera do not seem to be very intelligent! I only eat clean, organic food anyway, so I would probably not eat there. I will, however, share this with my thousands of followers on all my social media accounts. Perhaps it will create a hydra effect, and a large number of the populous will boycott this horrible company!

    5. Erika Suzannah Avery's Avatar Erika Suzannah Avery

      And you are not a true Christian. I've seen your type, usually the most hypocritical and narcissistic people on earth. We as TRUE CHRISTIANS are supposed to lift others up and educate them, not tear down and belittle. The only bad person I see here is YOU.

      1. Erika Suzannah Avery's Avatar Erika Suzannah Avery

        Richard James Clay, that last comment was for you! I do hope you learn, that hatred for another is the true evil, and only brings hate back to you. God gives you back what you send out.

  1. Rev Ned's Avatar Rev Ned

    Blessed be!!!

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    Sorry if this is a repeat, seems to be some problems with the website.

    Many Christians believe their job is to hound people into their religion and then their particular, peculiar fundamentalist Protestant "liberal" (i.e., liberal in the sense of giving themselves license to interpret God, whether or not they've even read the bible or care to) version, and that therefore aggression and persecution is somehow Godly or their duty. It also fits with their instinctive animal paranoia and drive for conquest, especially when in a group that unleashes their animal agression...i.e., if you observe animals that hunt in packs, such as wolves or hyenas, their mental state is something like that).

    Even the Catholic Church (the "high" church) has given up torture and murder and stealing/robbery/confiscation, and imprisonment, shunning and banishment, and really the only ones practicing are the relatively uninformed, or misinformed, Protestant fundamentalist groups that stray far from the Bible and the recorded, attributed words of Jesus and his Disciples. As such it they have chosen to reduce, and alter, the original theology given to them to a roughly primitive state far from the more divine inspiration of the original Christians, who today we refer to as Catholics. In effect they have created their own peculiarly idiosyncratic religion and use the label of Christianity to further justify what is really just base, willful ignorance...sadly. So this is the context in which to react to their behavior. Psychiatrically, the behavior is a form of narcissism or autism, except that is "elective" or "acquired."

    The only answer today that has much effect is not as religious persuasion, but as secular justice, period. Thus criminal and civil justice, returning to Caeser what is Caesar's (as Jesus is written to have said), really is the only reasonable response.

    1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

      @Rev Mark D How ill informed your are when you say, "Even the Catholic Church (the "high" church) has given up torture and murder and stealing/robbery/confiscation, and imprisonment, shunning and banishment...." They still condone priest who are pedophiles and rapists.

      1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Sorry, you are commenting about something I didn't say and then you attack me ad hominem for your own mental phantasy. Are you ok? Youu wouldn't be one of those psychotic Fox News Republican trolls would you, that's exactly how they behave, it's called gaslighting. Hoping you recover from your strange perception and outburst. Maybe you could talk to someone.

      2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        There is something very wrong with your thinking. And you don't know "they," you only know of the few priests and their superiors who violated their oaths as priests...and if you think they "condone," today you are as mistaken as you can be...plus sending insults my way without cause. As for what I know, I think you have shown that you are the uninformed one. Perhaps you will learn, with God's help, to overcome your prejudice...pre-judge. Meanwhile, hostility will eat you up, and you alone.

        1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

          Mr. Rev. Mark D I was just stating the fact of how uninformed you are about the Catholic Church (the "high" church). What you believe to be true is the experience of millions of others. The Catholic Church, protestants, fundamentalist Mormons and fundamentalist Christians all seem to think clergy raping and sodomizing young boys and girls is all acceptable in the name of God. Why would you say this in not happening when it is. Or are you one who believes clergy rapping and young girls and boys is acceptable?

          1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

            Thanks for the lesson, though I'm sure you think it's needed, as you avoided twice now what you did...this is just to warn others to take note of your pattern of presuming that people who don't offer first a dissertation to pass your initial discrediting of people are in desperate need of your kind help. You're in MY bible at 301.81. Cheerio.

            1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

              Rev Mark D you are in my bible as well, Ezekiel 23:20. The Bible is such a wonderful book.

  1. Govannon Thunorwulf's Avatar Govannon Thunorwulf

    I am Pagan and I endured the same sort of treatment once. It turn out to be a good thing for me tho. I now have the job I have always wanted and a Bachelor of Science degree to boot. I must admit, what she endured was quite a bit worse that mine.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Let me get this right: You have a Bachelor of Science, and yet you are following rites and rituals that have no scientific based demonstrable evidence to be real or true? 🤔

      🦁♥️

      1. Cindy L Edgar's Avatar Cindy L Edgar

        Your funny witchcraft has been around longer then Christianity

      2. Jessika A Keen's Avatar Jessika A Keen

        Lionheart, have you participated in the rites and rituals of different pagan beliefs? Many pagans are actually staunch supporters of science. As a broad overview, the different pagan faiths generally hold respect for and reverence of nature as central to their system of faith, and that does include science as the explanation for the hows and whys of the natural world. Even among those for whom there may be some aspects of supernaturalism to their faith (I.e belief in Deity forms), science is still accepted as real and the functional way in which things work.

        Would you ask this question of Christians who work in scientific fields or hold a degree? Or Jews, or Muslims? Faiths that all have a long, documented track record of belief in and acceptance of the supernatural as fact? Or is it just an assumption that someone who is a member of a minority faith must believe in supernatural stuff?

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          Thank you for your question and the answer is yes, I have participated in pagan rites and rituals when I was involved with Wicca. I have also participated in Christian rites and rituals as a High Priest. I have now moved on from those practices for I now see them for what they truly are. Thank you for your question.

          There is a definite dichotomy of those who profess to be of science, and then totally disregard science for faith. So your argumentum ad populum just doesn’t wash for me where true science is involved.

          As for supernaturalism, whatever that term truly means, there is a well known phrase “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” I have yet to see any to convince me otherwise.

          Thank you for replying.

          🦁❤️

      3. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Good catch. Maybe something to consider there. 👍

  1. Peggy L Ake's Avatar Peggy L Ake

    I smell money coming to her and her husband. Maybe they can open their own Panera Bread restaurant. It is okay to voice your own beliefs and to pray for someone's soul when they aren't a believer. However, people have the right to have their own beliefs and adhere to their own religions. It's a part of our country's foundations of rights, like freedom of religion. We have God's laws, but we also have our country's laws. This Panera supervisor and general manager have trampled on the rights of this couple.

  1. Oaf Dawg's Avatar Oaf Dawg

    I think she's making the whole thing up. Bet she was just a bad employee who got fired and is now making this story up for a lawsuit.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    Sorry but if you knew the company rules and still went to work for them you cant complain now. I can introduce to a Post Judge Advocate whos own grandson is a transgendered person and was told he would never get a managers position or or own his own business, he took it to the US DOJ and the DOJ told him he was screwed. If he still went to work for the company knowing they would never give him any kind of promotions, then there is nothing they can do as he SIGNED the employment application knowing what it said.

    All I can say is tough too bad, maybe they should have read the application a bit more carefully before signing it The name of the company is Chick-Fill-A and they have won every case every brought before them on cases like this.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      That sounds like it's already been through the federal system and rules by the Supreme Court. True?

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    I wonder whether Panera sells franchises and this is one of them.

  1. Mark Faulkner's Avatar Mark Faulkner

    Why do you believe pagans to follow hollow dead rituals, like many Christians? My own method is very scientific and either produces verifiable results or is discarded. There is a reason a tree resembles bronchi and alveoli and does gas exchange for organism earth.

    Nature is a series of rules and patterns. As above so below.

  1. Stanley J Grabowski's Avatar Stanley J Grabowski

    Another example of the "Ugly American Christian." Unless she was putting spiders in the bread or casting evil spells at work (which my Pagan friends do with regularity just to piss of the righteous ones), only kidding of course, Then I hope she and her husband sue their butt's off. This is the kind of action that tears at the fiber of our country with the ongoing racist, bigoted, beliefs that take away opportunities from well meaning hard working people that want to give of themselves only to be crucified by those that claim to be Christians. Nothing different here than happened to Christ at his crucifixion.

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    Even asking about her faith was wrong. Unless she was openly pushing it on others it is no one's business.

    1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

      Actually someone questioning you about your faith justifies "Stand your ground" and permits the use of lethal force since one can simply point out several mass shooters who began their sprees by asking that very question.

      If someone ask me what my faith is, my response is to end their ability to offer threat, not give them the chance to take my life if they dont like my answer.

      1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Yep, it's kind of a red flag signal that you would be almost be asking for trouble anyway if you didn't catch it. Although in this case, why they didn't just figure it out before hiring, it's not hard to do so without triggering the rights laws if you are just a little subtle or clever as an interviewer. They could have just declined to hire her without going into it and she'd never have a basis for action that could stick. But either way if they have secular legal protection like someone said, better off if you can find work somewhere else. But these folks screwed a whole family, husband and wife, put them out on the street. Good Christians, eh?

      2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Remind me not to ask you about yours. :)

  1. Clifford's Avatar Clifford

    Happy Eoster 😏 Look it up.

  1. Rev. Dr. Harmon's Avatar Rev. Dr. Harmon

    has anyone found out how management knew she was not a Christian?

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    I don't think they were interested in that. Everyone who does not walk in pronouncing what they are about elicits inquiry by the absence of what key language and readiness they show before even being asked. I can tell you this from being a psychologist for 40 years. They wanted her to readily and immediately say certain things and do certain things, period. Put yourselves in the managers's place, and who you think they are, what it was about. They didn't need to "know" anything from some clear declarative statement, all they had to do was astutely observe her behavior and speech from casual conversation, it's pretty easy to do by just appearing friendly as anyone who hires and works with you would naturally be.

  1. Nirza Montalvo's Avatar Nirza Montalvo

    Roman 14:1-23 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstain, and let not the one who obtains pass judgment on the the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands and falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteem one day as better than another, while another esteem all day alike. Each one should be fully in his own mind......For none of us lives to himself,and none of us dies to himself. Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God, for it is writen..so then each of us will give an account of himself to God....DO NOT CAUSE ANOTHER TO STUMBLE

  1. Nirza Montalvo's Avatar Nirza Montalvo

    Faith is an individualRoman 14:22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

  1. Thomas Michael Donahue's Avatar Thomas Michael Donahue

    I would be interested to know what “right“ religion her employers practice. It’s certainly no sect of Christianity that I have ever run across. Rev. Tom

  1. Erin Kimberly Cunningham's Avatar Erin Kimberly Cunningham

    As Pennsylvania is NOT a "right to work" state the employees have far more federal protections. Proselytizing in the workplace is adamantly prohibited not only in federal law but by most if not all businesses. Asking a person about their religion is as strongly prohibited and protected by federal law as the aforementioned proselytizing. I have personally experienced this form of bigotry and backlash at places of employment.

    I want to applaud them for fighting. I didn't for various reasons and I still regret it; for that I want to say THANK YOU!

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    yes it has and the person suing lost. They knew what the company rules were so they cant complain when they break them.

  1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

    The latest news these days is the Taliban and their wicked ways plus their fanatical implementation of Islam. I ask you how, in which way are these Panera people different from the Taliban? America is becoming a religious intolerant place in which people want to impose their beliefs on every citizen and if you do not agree they will fire a volley of psalms and other Scriptures at the culprit for defying their authority. Many Americans are Christian but there are also Jews, Sikh, Hindu, Budist, Muslim, Wickans, Atheist, etc, each and everyone a worthy citizen deserving full respect and job security. As a believer in Jesus´ teachings I’m convinced that everyone else is my brother/sister and that it is my duty to respect, accept and protect them regardless of what they do or don’t believe and above all I don’t want to become a Taliban.

    1. Roland A. Brawner's Avatar Roland A. Brawner

      I'm not a lawyer in any sense of the word, however, I feel confident that I could win this case hands down, to include monetary compensation. So long as she is not prostelyzing to her students during school time and against their will, there is a thing called "freedom of religion."

    2. Roland A. Brawner's Avatar Roland A. Brawner

      I haven't heard of Panera Bread cutting off anyone's head. That would be the first difference Panera has to the knuckle dragging Taliban.

    3. Roland A. Brawner's Avatar Roland A. Brawner

      The differences between Panera and the Taliban are too many to list! I would start with I don't recall Panera cutting anyone's head of or burning them alive!

      Bad comparison.

  1. Roland A. Brawner's Avatar Roland A. Brawner

    What happened to "freedom of religion?" If this does make it to the courts, I believe this Pagan has a very good grounds for a lawsuit. I'm not even a lawyer and I am confident I could successfully litigate this one!

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