A veteran police officer is being punished for refusing to attend a Muslim religious service at a mosque known to practice radical Islamic dogma. Captain Paul Fields also defied orders to visit a mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
An event slated as “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” by a local mosque, turned out to be nothing of the sort. Rather than lauding police officers for their service to the community, Muslim officials actually intended to give local cops a tour of their mosque which would include prayer services and a lecture on Islamic beliefs. The event was scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2011, an Islamic holy day.
Originally, police officers were expected to attend the cleverly disguised indoctrination voluntarily, but the vast majority refused. At that point, Tulsa, OK city officials stepped in and demanded that the officers attend.
For taking a stand against radical Islam and defending his own rights, Fields is now being targeted by the Internal Affairs Division (IAD), a group called the “rat squad” by many American cops.
Former police detective Sid Franes, who worked with a former IAD lieutenant in New York, explained the slimy tactics of the IAD:
“Once some IAD squad begins to investigate you, even if you have an immaculate record as a cop, they dig until they find something that they can point to as being misconduct or corruption. In Fields’ case it appears they were claiming he was prejudiced against Muslims and he wasn’t fit to lead police officers.”
Fields refused to mandate that the officers under his command participate in Islamic worship services, and he was retaliated against. But he was not about to take the abuse lying down. He brought legal action against his department, which escalated all the way to the federal judges at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Astonishingly, these judges upheld the punishment handed down to Fields, ruling that he should have visited the mosque and brought his officers with him as he was ordered to do by his city’s political leaders.
Former police lieutenant and campus police chief Lloyd Herrington is in Fields’ corner. He remarked:
“Here is another example of lawyers wearing black robes telling Americans what church services they must attend. Would they have ruled this way if it were a Muslim being ordered to attend and participate in a religious service at a Hindu temple? Or at a Catholic Cathedral? I think not. Fields was part of an object lesson to follow a politically-correct orthodoxy that’s taking over the nation and its public and private sector institutions.”
This battle in the war on Christianity is not over yet. The Thomas Moore Law Center, a legal foundation that fights for constitutional rights, especially First Amendment rights, has offered to represent Fields pro-bono in hopes of taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court. The law center’s lead counsel, Richard Thompson, said in a statement:
“This case is another startling example of applying a double standard when Christian civil rights are involved. If this were a Catholic or Protestant prayer event, I am positive no Muslim police officer would have been ordered to attend. Further, no federal court would have approved the punishment of a Muslim officer had he refused to attend.”
If the tables were turned, if Muslim police officers were being forced to attend Christian religious services, every civil rights group in America would be crying discrimination. The Freedom From Religion Foundation would have already filed a lawsuit and the lame stream media would be camped outside of the officers’ homes. Instead, because this story involves the persecution of a good cop, who spent his life protecting his community and who was brave enough to stand up for American values, the liberal media ignores the narrative.
According to Wounded American Warrior, the same Muslim leaders who had planned the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day had previously hosted a dinner for Imam Siraj Wahhaj, one of the co-conspirators of the 1993 bombing in New York City at the lower level of the World Trade Center. That terrorist attack claimed the lives of six people and injured many others, but Wahhaj was not indicted.
Before the bombing, Wahhaj reportedly said, “In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam.” He has also expressed a fervent desire for Muslims to replace the United States government with an Islamic caliphate ruled by Sharia Law.
Erin Mersino, the Thomas More attorney handling the Fields case, said in a statement:
“[This] matter is now ripe for the United States Supreme Court’s review. As the petition states, the City of Tulsa has been allowed to punish a public employee, Captain Fields, for his right to seek redress of a civil rights violation in court. The Thomas More Law Center is hopeful that the United States Supreme Court will step in to right the wrongful punishment and retaliation Captain Fields has faced because of his Christian beliefs.”
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