By Mac Overton
BIG SANDY, Texas--The nurse who was with both Herbert
Armstrong and Joseph Tkach Sr. when they died has filed a complaint with
the Texas Human Rights Commission against Ambassador University.
Bob Herrington, who attends with the United Church
of God, was dismissed from AU last November. He said that, when he filed
for unemployment benefits with the Texas Employment Commission, officials
of that state agency suggested he contact the Human Rights Commission because
of possible discrimination. Mr. Herrington says a university official told
him he could not work for AU and also attend services of the UCG.
The commission is investigating a complaint brought
by Mr. Herrington, but "I want to emphasize that I am not suing the
university," he said.
He said he left Ambassador, where he had served
as a nurse since 1984, after staffers there were forbidden to attend the
church of their choice.
Russell Duke, president of the school, "said
at a meeting that faculty and students would be allowed to worship where
they wanted, but he said staff would not be allowed to attend with any organization
deemed dissident," Mr. Herrington, a licensed vocational nurse and
paramedic, told In Transition.
"It didn't seem right," Mr. Herrington
said. "I had received a letter from Mr. [Ralph] Helge [WCG lawyer]
early in the college's accreditation process stating the church and college
were separate entities."
"I feel I've been a pretty good nurse; I've
done my job for the university well," he said. "Nurses are to
follow the Nurse Practice Act. I asked Dr. Duke to judge my job performance
by the Nurse Practice Act, rather than where I went to church.
"He told me I could not attend United."