A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who had been fired for refusing to issue a Bible to an atheist who wanted to pray at his funeral said he was told that he was not allowed by his superiors to preach on his church property.
Deputy Joe Mancuso said he had been notified by his supervisors that he couldn’t attend a prayer service in Palm Beach Gardens after he said he didn’t want to participate in one.
Mancoson said he thought he was being discriminated against.
He was also fired for violating his religious beliefs and having a Bible at work.
Mancusoson is a deputy sheriff with the Palm Beach county Sheriff’s Office.
He said his bosses had warned him he could not have a Bible in his car.
Mascusoso said his supervisor told him he was violating the county’s religious freedom policy and that he would be punished.
Mascuso was on his way to a funeral when he decided to skip the service.
He later said he did not follow protocol, but that he wasn’t sure he would have been fired if he did.
He said he has been a deputy for nine years and was told he couldn.
Mocusos job involves the ability to enforce county laws and enforce county policy.
He has also been the chief of the Palm Bay County Jail since 2014.