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Library Of Congress Employee Fired After Liking ‘Two Dads’ Facebook Page

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A couple of years back, Library of Congress employee Peter TerVeer liked a page on Facebook called ‘Two Dads,’ which, as you might gather, is intended to promote the gay and lesbian community. This had the effect of outing TerVeer to his boss and coworkers. Weeell, that didn’t go so well, as TerVeer’s boss, John Mech, began a lovely little campaign to show TerVeer the way of the Lord, so that he might not go to Hell, and also threw in a bunch of negative performance reviews, since TerVeer’s interest in men and lack of interest in the Lord can so easily be construed as not doing his job properly. The harassment led TerVeer’s therapist to recommend TerVeer take a leave of absence, which the Library of Congress agreed to. But when TerVeer returned to work 37 days later, he was fired for — you know where this is going! — “missing 37 consecutive days of work.”

TerVeer has filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints Office at the Library of Congress, and a decision will be made on his case in May, after which he can also take his case to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Meanwhile, here is the crap that went down while TerVeer was still a management analyst at ye olde Library.

Terveer claims that once Mech found out he was gay, shortly after he publicly “liked” the Two Dads page, his “once-positive performance reviews turned negative…and his boss started making derogatory statements about his sexual orientation,” per Terveer’s lawyer.

ABC also obtained some of the e-mails that Terveer received from Mech. They contain wonderful words such as:

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Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex.

And this has to do with books and things how? Also:

Putting you closer to God is my effort to encourage you to save your worldly behinds!

“Your worldly behinds.” How interesting! Mech also at one point called TerVeer to a “meeting” with the purpose of “educating him on hell and that it awaited him for being a homosexual.”

The taxpayer dollars wasted so that this enterprising fellow could send these important Congressy e-mails about “old dusty books”! (Well, the Bible is one of those.) Mech needs to be awarded at a taxpayer-funded Las Vegas leadership conference immediately. Preferably with commemorative coins.

The Library of Congress will not release a statement on TerVeer’s case specifically, but did say this:

Library of Congress employees, like all employees in the federal government, have protection against workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Library employees who believe they have been subjected to discrimination may avail themselves of an internal administrative process to address their equal employment opportunity complaints.

Kay. Well, here’s a nice thing, to go hopefully with the positive outcome of TerVeer’s case, which we will be keeping an eye on: the Two Dads page now has a picture of Terveer as its banner.

[MSNBC via Edge on the Net]

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165 comments

    1. WIDTAP

      Sure Jesus did. Don't you recall that bit where they brought an adulterer to Him and Jesus said, "Now you are going to get it, bitch. I am personally going to throw the first stone."

      1. chicken_thief

        And the time he told Mary Mags "I'll show you a fucking miracle!" as he pulled her head down to his crotch.

        1. Sparky McGruff

          Hey, do you want the job or not? Grass, ass, or gas… Nobody rides the Jesus bus for free.

    2. aussiefromafar

      The person known as Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, man on man, or woman on woman action once in his teachings. This is a church construct born out of ignorance and bigotry….meant only for the masses since the church cannot even keep it's own hands out of altar boy's pants.

  1. Barb

    Jesus prohibited pre-marital sex.
    Jesus seems to be a little behind on his chores because we're all doing it! Well, that is except for Tim Tebow. I've invented a new Tim Tebow drinking game. Every time he doesn't take a drink, I do.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Admit it though; you'd do that big healthy hunk of man-meat if your hubby gave you a free pass, wouldn't you?

        1. chicken_thief

          He's well aware that they go up his ass 'cause that's where all the Gators put theirs.

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          Oh, c'mon, just imagine him sitting on the side of the bed afterwards, sobbing …just sobbing…

    2. JustPixelz

      Mary didn't get that memo. She was knocked up before her wedding night or maybe sex worked differently 2000 years ago.

    1. Tommy1733

      I apologize for the hostility – it just seems like an anti-gay and an anti-librarian slur to imply that there is something gay about librarians, which further implies there is something wrong with being gay, which is just a stupid point of view. Maybe you did not mean this as an insult. If so as I said I apologize. If you did, well why don't you go jump in a loch.

  2. memzilla

    Well, at least unelected bureaucrat Boss John Mech wasn't using taxpayer-funded gummint email to promote a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state, thereby committing a Federal crime.

    Wait, what?

    1. Sparky McGruff

      It's a violation of his rights for other people to think or act differently than he does. It makes him question his beliefs, and allows the deep seated homosexual urges to come bubbling up from within.

      1. IncenseDebate

        And he was consubstantial with his father. And then there's the holy ghost, which was distinct but also part of God. Doesn't get as much play though.

  3. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Putting you closer to God is my effort to encourage you to save your worldly behinds!

    How does he even know that TerVeer is a bottom?

  4. coolhandnuke

    If he had only taken a 40-day vacation on an Ark during the rainy season, his boss would have given him a promotion.

  5. NewYorkJew

    "Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex."

    Aren't librarians supposed to know something about books? Jesus has nothing to say about homosexuality or pre-marital sex, and what he says about adultery doesn't come close to a prohibition. I've read the book … and I'm just a New York Jew.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      If Jesus was against pre-marital sex, and adultery, why did he put all these sluts on the earth to tempt us?

      1. James Michael Curley

        And only bring fresh, water boiled bagels, none of those Au Bon Pain overly yeast infected ones.

    2. miss_grundy

      Speaking as an ex-librarian, I can tell you that the librarian profession doesn't bat an eyelash when it comes to the LGBT community, because I've worked with lesbian and gay librarians. But not everyone who works at the Library of Congress is a librarian, there are civilians who work there who do not have a Master's degree in library science and this Mech guy sounds like one of them. I wonder what Jesus would do in this situation? He would probably give Mech a verbal beat-down.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        That sounds hard-core! Do librarians have a grueling boot camp where you shape up civilian "readers" into Library Science Warriors? Card-filing every day at 4:30 am? Tornado-struck central library re-sorting drills?

        1. miss_grundy

          Naw, but I knew a few Catholic nuns who would consider those activities to be fun, we merely send the Library Police after you if you have overdue books, and those guys……well, let's just say, what they do isn't pretty……..

          1. finallyhappy

            DC actually had library police- I saw one of their cars. I am not sure what they did but they no longer exist- when a new head of DC libraries took over a few years ago- she ended that "arm" of the library. On the other hand, there is now a Montgomery County police officer stationed in the Silver Spring library every weekday- I do not know why. I asked but was not answered.

    3. actor212

      Premarital sex is covered in Revelation 2:14. It's OK if you missed it, no one but nutcases and ministers read it and ministers read it only because nutcases do and you'd be amazed how many times I've had to answer questions about that fucking book.

      Adultery is covered under Matthew 19:8-9 and its pretty clear Jesus doesn't like adultery (despite the Magdalene) especially if it involves remarrying after divorce.

      Poor Newt.

      1. NewYorkJew

        Yes, well, Revelation! A delightful book, but not an account exactly of what Jesus said … more like John's fever dreams. And Revelation 2:14: what's "fornication" or "sexual immorality" exactly?

        Granted on adultery, though J. doesn't seem to spend much energy promulgating "prohibitions."

        1. GunToting[Redacted]

          And, a whole different John (of Patmos, not The Baptist, nor Apostle). And, wasn't it written 300 years after JC was chillin' on Earth?

    4. bagofmice

      This is why the church has ministers/priests/etc. To "guide" the laity through the bible, so that they skip all of the "traditional marriage" Solomonic wife/whore count and sisters as backup wives things, and those little genocidal bits where they slay every human that "pisseth against the wall".

  6. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    But, I thought all librarians were liberal commies? Isn't that why the Bush administration was going after them during the War on Terror (TM).

  7. Goonemeritus

    You know what is not protected in the workplace, bigotry masked as management by supervisors.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        "If a man lieth with a man as if with a woman, that is an abomination before the eyes of God."

        "If a man numbereth his volumes by catetgory and title, and lableth them with a decimal ranging from single to four, than that is also an abomination before God."

        1. bagofmice

          If a man were to give you a phone call, telling you that he had sent you an email, completely disrupting your meeting because you forgot to turn your phone to silent mode, he shall be beaten with an eyeless flounder as it is an unclean bottom feeder.

  8. FakaktaSouth

    I "like" it when "judge not lest ye be judged" comes around to bite a fucktard homophobe in HIS worldly behind. AND I'ma go like Two Dads now my ownself, thanks for the heads up.

  9. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Its the Library of Congress. If it isn't a book about diaper sex or banging underage interns and pages, it has no place there!

  10. ph7

    Jesus prohibited adultery

    Apparently so did Jesus' grandfather, which caused Mary to dream up that beaut about getting knocked up by God without actually fucking Him.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Don't forget Mary Magdalene. She's an actual saint, at least in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church. I think Mr. Mech's grasp of theology is a little threadbare.

  11. AbandonHope

    Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex.

    Yep, in fact, I remember the exact chapter and verse in which he delivered those prohibitions.

    It was… um… wait, it was… …five… something about Corinthians… SHUT UP, IT'S IN THERE SOMEWHERE.

    1. JustPixelz

      There all kinds of stuff in the Bible. Some of it's uplifting and comforting; some of it reflects cultural conflicts from a part of the world where Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome collided 2000 years ago; some of it is crap.

      1. finallyhappy

        I like not mixing linen and wool. I am allergic to wool and not interested in ironing linen.

  12. Callyson

    Even though sexual orientation discrimination was part of the case, Simeone said his client will fight the termination based on religious bias. He said laws protecting workers against sexual orientation discrimination are limited and provide few, if any, remedies for compensating workers in cases like TerVeer's.

    Snark off…as if I didn't have enough reasons to support TerVeer's case, that is just icing on the cake. High time to tell the American Taliban to stop shoving their very particularized version of religion down the rest of our throats…

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Or at least make them have some basic grasp of biblical plot lines. Their bible thumping is almost always aimed at harassing people they don't care for. That's not the message the book is trying to convey.

  13. LastGasp

    The harassment led TerVeer’s therapist to recommend TerVeer take a leave of absence, which the Library of Congress agreed to. But when TerVeer returned to work 37 days later, he was fired for — you know where this is going! — “missing 37 consecutive days of work.”

    There was a time in our Amerikan history when there were organizations of workers to handle this kind of bullshit. Unions, anyone?

    1. James Michael Curley

      Right on. But the classic 'I'm the government I don't have to comply with the regulations I enforce on others.' smear, even the National Labor Relations Board can't touch this guy.

  14. CogitoErgoBibo

    Why is it that the people who want to shove their so-called Christianity into your business are always the ones most lacking in basic Christian charity and love for their fellow human? They definitely stopped their religious education with the Old Testament. Whole extra book out there to read, ya'll. And by your favorite author!

    1. miss_grundy

      That's because they are only interested in the fire and brimstone version of the Bible and the New Testament, well…..it's all about accepting others, forgiving people's trespasses, turning the other cheek, and giving to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to G-d, the things that are G-d's. But these Christian hooligans aren't buying that part of the book. Which is why they should receive a free tour of Hades when they leave this earth. Actually, Jesus should let them know they are taking the down elevator.

  15. Terry

    "TerVeer has filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints Office at the Library of Congress, and a decision will be made on his case in May, after which he can also take his case to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Meanwhile, here is the crap that went down while TerVeer was still a management analyst at ye olde Library."

    Actually, this whole article points at bigger problems than most of you recognize.

    When an employee feels they have been discriminated against or that someone is creating a hostile work place (both of which appear to be true here), they go to their office or agency EEO coordinator. The EEO person talks with the person and tries to resolve the situation, as well as helping the person to file the right paperwork. Most EEO cases are handled "locally", without an official filing.

    The Library of Congress management should have easily seen, oh, about a zillion red flags in this one and addressed the situation immediately. Get that supervisor away from TerVeer, remove all his supervisory responsibilities entirely. Look back through TerVeer's reviews and see if he's been screwed out of bonuses or performance based salary increases. Do a new performance plan for him that doesn't have the supervisor's finger prints on it.

    If TerVeer is filing, it means that LoC management didn't handle this right once they found out about that asshole of a supervisor.

    1. James Michael Curley

      Yes, but does the Library of Congress as an employer have to comply with EEOC and NLRB? I recall, no, not that I agree. Also, ADA, – how many wheel chair ramps on those steps leading up to the Library of Congress?

      1. Terry

        Yes, the LoC is an equal opportunity employer. Of course, they are.

        The Library of Congress also has ramps and such (http://www.loc.gov/access/faqs.html). Some of the areas of the original building have issues, such as the stairs up to that observation area over the reading room but the collections are all available and there are tours for disabled people.

        1. James Michael Curley

          I haven’t paid any attention to the issue for years and haven’t been there since the early 80’s. I do recall it was a bit of a controversy in the late Clinton years that they weren’t.

    2. Chichikovovich

      Bigger problem indeed. As I noted in another post, the Bush admin. was burrowing its faithful cadre of Regent and Liberty grads into as many career positions as they could pry open. If the LoC supervisor was unconcerned, perhaps it's because he didn't see anything wrong with it.

      1. 1stNewtontheMoon

        absolutely. as early as 10 years ago someone with that worldview would've been rightly relegated to private sector work–probably at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where the liberry consists of one book.

  16. BarackMyWorld

    Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex.*

    *Citation needed.

      1. Sparky McGruff

        While that's in the bible, that's not Jesus' words, right? Revelations is sort of a psychotic rant by some 1st century Branch Davidian type, right?

  17. coolhandnuke

    "Putting you closer to God is my effort to encourage you to save your worldly behinds!"

    He must have one world-class pooper.

  18. Schmegeg

    A gay librarian, who would have thought. And all this stuff about Jeebus traipsing around the countryside with 12 men and a bunch (Well, some) hookers, violating the liquor laws, and generally being a pain in the ass to the local authorities. What would Mech say to that??

  19. ttommyunger

    I would love to watch Mech's deposition in this case, if I didn't have such a low tolerance for repressed and hypocritical gheyness.

  20. Chichikovovich

    "Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex."

    No snark. How can it not be a firing offence for a Federal Employee to send an email like this to a subordinate who is known to be gay? I know the Bush admin was burrowing its reliable Xtian wackjobs into every level of the career bureaucracy, but this is ridiculous.

    1. finallyhappy

      Believe me, it happens. Sometimes not such total crap but still offensive – and yet, generally nothing happens. In my agency, I would say HR and EEO were not too good themselves. They would be more likely(and did) offer people another job rather than discipline the idiot manager.

  21. LiveToServeYa

    It's just the Mech talking. Seriously, this man Mech needs to be kicked in the Dewey Decimal.

  22. DaRooster

    "Jesus prohibited sexual immorality…"

    Jesus did NOT prohibit anything… he had conversations with people, perhaps prayed for them… but he NEVER condemned ANYONE!! EVER!!

    So… shut the fuck up and pay attention!!

    1. IncenseDebate

      His purported followers are the ones that seem to get it wrong a lot of the time. Which is another theme in the Gospels, if you read them.

    2. Sparky McGruff

      He didn't have particularly fine words to say about bankers, from what I recall.

      I've tried to drink away most of the evangelical private school memories, but a few still remain after all these years…

  23. littlebigdaddy

    TerVeer just refused to attend the weekly performance review sessions, held in the third stall from the right in the basement mens' room.

  24. comrad_darkness

    This is why I only work for Atheists or the religious who thinks religion is something you live, not something you yell in the face of other people. The other kind I laugh too much at and that seems to end the work relationship. Especially after quoting their own bible at them. That really pisses them off.

  25. sullivanst

    Mech, the constitution called. It said if you don't read article VI, paragraph 3 right now, it might start ideating in ways prohibited on this site, involving the left femur of George Washington's skeleton and your eyesocket.

  26. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Jesus was never against homosexuality. But he thought it should stay where it was meant by God to be: between a priest and an alter boy.

  27. poorgradstudent

    Sad and gross. I know it's naive, but I suspect many gays would only expect something like this to happen if, say, they were working for an outfit like Liberty University or a small library out in a rural county somewhere (North or South), not at the freakin' Library of Congress.

  28. retarded_baboon

    We librarians are usually pretty libtardy, but we do have our share of wingnutters. The library system I work for is located near Pat Robertson's homebase, so we probably have more than our fair share.

  29. Sparky McGruff

    What's the over/under on Mech being:

    – a closet case, just waiting for the right "luggage lifter"?
    – a kiddie diddler?
    – a psycho with a few dismembered bodies in the crawl space?

  30. George Spelvin

    So, is it "Mech" as in "yecch", or "Mech" as in "retch"?

    Oh, wait, a distinction without a difference. Nevermind.

  31. 1stNewtontheMoon

    someone check the Library's furnaces for ashes of all the good books sent to their salvation by Herr Mech.

  32. jzgplj

    Has anyone started a fire John Mech page on FB for wasting taxpayer money, and just being a general douchebag yet?

  33. yrbmegr

    What do we typically conclude about right-wing demagogues who are overly homophobic and preoccupied with "worldly behinds"?

  34. Troglodeity

    I hope there's a FOIA request for all of Mech's work emails referencing Jesus and/or homosexuality. Then, if the government denies the request on the grounds that the emails are part of confidential personnel records, it'll just help prove that Mech based his employment actions on religious views.

  35. valthemus

    But is TerVeer single and available for dating and NC17 rated activities? I know you people try to keep these posts short, but damn if you don't keep leaving out the really important details!

  36. niblick77

    "Jesus prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex."
    I think he meant to say:
    "Jesus does not approve of sexual immorality including homosexuality, adultery and pre-marital sex."

  37. Maman

    How can you hate Greg Evigan, Paul Rieser and Giovanni Ribisi as a boy named Cory Kupkis? That is downright unAmerican

  38. Chet Kincaid

    This is what happens when you stockpile the Federal Government with Bible-school educated Fundies everytime there's a Republican President since 1980.

  39. LiberalMantra

    Beck: "I saw a Facebook icon that looked just like my savior and I had to act., he sent me a friend request. Oh wait never mind that was a chick with no pic on her profile, blocking now."

  40. One_Man_Band

    I had just kinda assumed that the Library of Congress would be stocked with lefty-liberal types who liked to read, and who wanted to hide out from the private sector while cataloging the world's accumulated knowledge. Last place I would have expected a conservative gay panic bedwetter to be ensconced. Live and learn.

  41. Negropolis

    I shouldn't be, but I'm kind of surprised the fundies were able to infiltrate even the Library of Congress. They need to do better interviews.

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