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Okla. Captain Sues Department Over Mosque Assignment

August 16, 2012  | 

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.

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."

Read the full Fox News story.

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Oklahoma Capt. Faces IA Probe for Not Ordering Force To Islamic Event

Tags: Officer Pay, Cops Suing Agencies, Tulsa (Okla.) PD, Insubordination


Comments (13)

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Robocop @ 8/16/2012 5:30 PM

This is wrong and the Capt. should be able to sue if this is not immediately refuted. They do not force a Muslin to do something against his faith so why try and force a Christian to accept an honor from a faith that says they are supposed to convert him, or enslave him, or failing that, kill him? No, I would not follow an order to attend a Mosque either.

Chuck McKenzie @ 8/16/2012 5:56 PM

Ah, political correctness run amok again. We must kiss the asses of these stone-age morons whose only desire is to convert us or kill us, until the entire world is enslaved by their warped religion.

Morning Eagle @ 8/17/2012 12:46 AM

Hang in there Captain. We are supposed to bend over for these Muslims and give them every consideration so we don't offend them and cause them to have temper tantrums. But it is okay to offend Christians. All this PC has become like a deadly cancer and if the Muslims get their way any that will not convert and live according to Sharia will be dead or made slaves to the faithful.

mike @ 8/17/2012 4:23 AM

Police Departments across our country are too politicially correct and regularly trample on the rights of police officers in the name of "the community." Diversity is a wonderful thing; so are two-way streets and individual rights.

ss @ 8/17/2012 6:47 AM

You've got courage Captain, I applaud you for that. I am also 100% behind you. I hope you end up suing the hell out of these people and hit them where it hurts right in the pocket. Good Luck.

Dan @ 8/17/2012 6:50 AM

to Robocop: where did you get the idea that barring conversion or enslavement, Muslims are supposed to kill us? It is absurd statements such as this that keeps the hatred burning. Up until the last part of his last sentence, Morning Eagle sounded pretty intelligent.

spectre318 @ 8/17/2012 7:27 AM

Here ya go, Dan: "Slay them wherever you find them...Idolatry is worse than carnage...Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme." (Surah 2:190-)

Direct from the child molesting drug addict's mouth.

Badge 120 @ 8/17/2012 8:06 AM

Separation of Church and State. I don't agree with the hate talk about the Muslim community. It takes us down to the same level of those who hate us. I do agree we shouldn't force officers to attend any religious or political event UNLESS they are there for security reasons and not to participate. If someone volunteers then it is one thing.

Frank @ 8/17/2012 11:29 AM

Chuck McKenzie I couldn't have said it any better! What in the hell is wrong with the people of this country. I do we have to more over and kiss every Cultural Ass that forces their way into our country?

I won't talk about our taxpayer money supporting all these people.

Frank @ 8/17/2012 11:32 AM

Dan its not absurd read the koran or better still read Looming Tower by Wright. This is fo a lack of better words their marching orders.

Eric @ 8/17/2012 4:25 PM

A dept. lets a muslim wear his turban because of religion but a christian can not exercise his right of religion?

Lee Vogler Nading @ 8/18/2012 7:04 AM

Americans do not have to understand anything about any religion or philosophy, because we are required by custom and law to live peacably and equally with all of them. (From my NadingZone.blogspot post, 2001)

Bob@Az. @ 8/18/2012 8:25 PM

Hey Dan: Where you been hiding? IF your in law enforcement you really should "know your enemy" by learning as much as you can about his beliefs and the extent he will go to accomplish them. Any belief that pushes killing anybody not of that faith is my enemy and should be yours too. Blues, stay safe.

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