Former NC Deputy Says He Was Fired After Refusing to Be Alone With Woman for Religious Reasons

SANFORD, N.C. (WTVD) A Sanford man is suing his former employer, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Siler City, and the Town of Apex for religious discrimination.

Manuel Torres said he is deeply religious and his beliefs prohibit him from being alone with a woman who is not his wife.

Evangelicals sometimes call the practice The Billy Graham Rule. Vice President Mike Pence is a strong proponent of that philosophy.

According to the court document, Torres, who is married and serves as a deacon at East Sanford Baptist Church, was “ordered to train a female deputy, which would require he spend significant periods of time alone in his patrol car with the female officer trainee.”

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