The man who ripped pages out of the Koran and then burned them near ground zero, now identified as Derek Fenton, was fired from his job as a NJ Transit worker.
"The protestor who burned pages from the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero was fired from NJ Transit over the controversial act, sources and authorities said yesterday.
Derek Fenton's 11-year career at the agency came to an abrupt halt Monday after photographs of him ripping pages from the Muslim holy book and setting them ablaze appeared in newspapers.
NJ Transit confirmed Fenton was fired but wouldn't elaborate.
"Mr. Fenton's public actions violated New Jersey Transit's code of ethics," an agency statement said. "NJ TRANSIT concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore was dismissed.""