Lesniak Formally Calls On NJ Transit To Re-Hire Quran Protestor

Calls for Religious and Cultural Tolerance Training, No Punishment

TRENTON – Attached, please find Senator Raymond J. Lesniak’s letter to NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein, calling for the re-hiring of Derek Fenton, an 11-year employee who was fired on Monday for a protest display in which he tore out and burned pages from the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against America.

Governor Chris Christie is carbon-copied on the letter, which calls for Mr. Fenton to undergo religious tolerance and cultural diversity training as a condition of his re-employment. Beyond that, Senator Lesniak writes, Mr. Fenton should receive no other punishment, as his actions, however offensive, are protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Click here to read Senator Lesniak’s letter to NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein, calling for the re-hiring of Derek Fenton.