To the City Council of Tulsa:
Please convey this to your mayor and Chief of Police:
As an American citizen, fully cognizant of the invaluable gift of our United States Constitution, together with its guarantees of our freedoms – chief and first of which is our freedom of expression and of religion, I request that you do all in your power to enforce that body of law. Reinstate Officer Paul Fields to his position with the Tulsa police and remove any negative information related to his refusal to participate in a Muslim training session from his file.
We are safe only so long as America remains a nation of laws and not of personalities, cults or cliques. We are a nation of laws only so long as the laws are enforced as written. If a law does not serve, then we must lawfully amend it. On no account may we ignore or bypass it for expediency or “political correctness”. We must never pander to a special interest group and disrespect our own laws. This protects minorities as much or more than the larger population.
As I understand it, Officer Fields is being suspended/punished due to his refusal to participate in something which he found unacceptable to his own conscience. Our law states clearly that no religion shall be established. In a nation which feels itself so bound to this edict that we no longer allow Christian prayer in our schools it is unacceptable not only to Officer Fields, but to Americans from coast to coast to punish a man for refusing to participate in a religious event or religious “training session”.
Tulsa cannot fail to set a precedent. One way or another your city will play a part in an important issue. You will either uphold the United States Constitution and its bar against state-supported religion or you will punish a man for acting in his own good conscience to avoid participating in a religion in which he does not believe in contradiction of his own. You know full well that you would not require a Muslim police officer to participate in a Roman Catholic “training session” or “sensitivity training” so as to interact well with Baptists. You know this as well as I do and as well as Officer Fields does. In this light, you can easily see how truly offensive this punishment is to the rest of America. Please do the right thing and end this nightmare for Officer Fields. I do not know him (I might well not even like him if I did) but what is right is right.
I am grateful that I have lived in a country with such a constitution and good people to enforce it. I fear that our nation is now losing this blessing. It has been a beacon of hope for the oppressed around the world. We have welcomed those who have sought freedom to practice their faiths. This does not imply that they have the “right” to impose that faith on anyone else. And this is precisely what is happening. Let Tulsa not be a party to this violation. Return Officer Fields to his duties, reinstate him fully and clear his record of any wrongdoing in connection with this unfortunate episode. And please discontinue the promotion of religion under the guise of “training”.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
To the City Council of Tulsa:
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