No, just joking, they’d never be suspended for that! But he was suspended for refusing to attend a mandatory cultural event at a mosque.
A Tulsa police officer and devout Christian is suing his department after being punished for refusing to go to a mosque for a mandatory cultural event.
Police Capt. Paul Campbell Fields, a 17-year veteran, was docked two weeks’ pay, transferred, reduced to the graveyard shift and made ineligible for promotions for at least a year, after he told his chief his faith made it impossible for him to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” at the Islamic Cultural Society of Tulsa, according to the lawsuit.
Here is what Fields was asked to do: go to this event. Understand that Muslims were people. Afterward, he was more than welcome to go home and read Pam Geller posts about how the Obama Administration’s school lunch requirements were an effort to force halal food on children, but come the fuck on, dude. Nut up.
Fields, 43, is a non-denominational Christian, who quoted Scripture in legal explanation of his insubordination.
“This event is compelling me to go to a venue where a group of individuals is prepared to discuss their (Islamic) faith,” Fields said during a May 2012 deposition, the transcript of which was obtained by FoxNews.com. “And in my faith, I have a duty to proselytize my faith to people (who) don’t subscribe to my faith. I can’t do that in uniform. And so therein lies the conflict or moral dilemma I face.”
How many of this guy’s arrests do you think get overturned when he reads a perp Leviticus instead of his Miranda rights? Probably all of them.
Fields has said that if it were merely a police matter to which he was called, requiring him to enter a mosque, he would have no problem doing his duty as an officer.
The married man also added during the May deposition, “I’m a Christian. Okay? I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. As a Christian, I have a duty to proselytize the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your Wonkette would assume that when your police captain asks you as a police office to go to a police event, it also constitutes a “police matter,” but we are also bad at religion and may or may not be Scientologists now, depending on if the check clears. Also, why does it matter if he is married, Fox News? Is his wedding band like a Captain Planet ring, but for Jesus?
“As I said before — I don’t know that I can make it any clearer. Islam is not my faith. It’s different than my religion … And when I come to work, I don’t presume to know someone’s religion. It doesn’t enter into the question when I’m providing a police call for service.
“Here, I have an instance where I’m being compelled to attend an event that’s very — it’s an open invitation to discuss their religion … and yet I can’t express my faith to them.”
Well, yes, because the point is that you understand what they believe so that you can better protect them. Were the captain to hold a “Muslims Show Up And Hear Captain Fields Act Out The Land Before Time VI“*, then sure, as a part of your job, you could totally lecture them on your marriage to Christ and also a woman. However, that is not what you were asked to do as a part of your job, and in case you didn’t get the underlying point of this, do your job and take off your crying pants, you big baby.
*That is the one where the grandfather dinosaur kind of turns out to be Jesus.