John R. Houk
© June 18, 2011
This is outrageous! A Mosque in Tulsa, OK invited members of the Tulsa Police Department to come to a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”. The Police Chief Charles Jordan presented this invitation as voluntary to the rank and file. A sign-up form was placed to gage how many TPD Officers would show up.
Hardly anyone signed up to attend.
Apparently the Police Chief felt the pressure of political correctness and – God forbid – that the TPD insult a group of Muslims in a Mosque in Tulsa. Thus Charles Jordan made participation at the Islamic Society of Tulsa “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” mandatory.
Captain Paul Williams chose not to attend based on his religious convictions. Williams is not a Muslim. The Appreciation Day info implied that would be a Friday sermon that would be of a proselytizing nature.
It is one thing to attend Islamic dawa (equivalent to Christian Evangelism) voluntarily and quite the other thing to be forced to go. It is even worse to be forced to go as an agent of the City Government. This is obviously a huge violation of American Civil Rights especially as it pertains to Religious Freedom and the tax payer supported City Government forcing city employees to listen to religious advocacy INVOLUNTARILY.
If you have read any of my writings you would be aware that I am not a big fan of the Courts’ 20th and 21st century interpretation of the First Amendment regarding the State and Religion (with Religion being the practices of Christian sects or Denominations according to Original Intent).
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (From Cornell University Law School)
Since about the middle of the 20th century through the present, the American judiciary has defined “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” to mean all aspects of religion and government cannot intermingle. Thus for example prayer in School or at graduation has been fought by Leftists because religion should not occur on tax payer supported functions or property.
There is NO PLACE in the First Amendment that says Religion and Government should not intermingle for the good of the community. The First Amendment simply relates that the Government (really the Congress of the Federal Government) cannot establish a State Religion in which American citizens must support typically through some sort of taxation.
And another thing! The Original Intent of the Founding Fathers envisioned “religion” to be Christianity. A majority of Americans in the Thirteen Original States were members of various Christian Churches. Religion did not indicate the consideration of other non-Christian religions such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or the numerous religions that existed at the time the U.S. Constitution was written and then ratified. I should have mentioned Judaism as well; however in my rarified Christian theology, Judaism and Christianity are tightly connected. And I do realize that many Christian Denominations and Jewish sects (Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed etc.) would not agree that there is a close connection between Christianity and Judaism that is just my perspective.
On the other hand the First Amendment would prevent the Tulsa Police Department as an agent of tax payers to force Officers to attend Islamic religious practices in a Mosque or any location for that matter. Now it is the duty of the TPD to protect and serve Muslims, Christians, Secularists, atheists and so on. Protecting and serving is quite different from participating in a religious service.
The Islamic Society of Tulsa “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” took place on March 4, 2011. Captain Paul Fields refused to attend. Police Chief Charles Jordan took disciplinary action against Captain Fields.
Fields endured two weeks suspension without pay, a transfer to another division that is in a part of Tulsa in which drugs and thugs are rampant AND was told an internal investigation would occur. All because Captain Fields exercised his First Amendment rights of Religious Freedom and an unwillingness to attend as a government agent of the tax payers.
I urge your support for the legal battle of Captain Paul Fields. A Civil Suit win means the City Government cannot bully its employees into actions that might be against their religious beliefs. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) has taken on the legal representation of Paul Fields. You can donate to the Fields cause at the DONATION page. In the comment section at the bottom of the donation page you can leave a comment to specify you are donating for Captain Paul Fields of the Tulsa Police Department.
Deluge the TPD and Police Chief Charles (Chuck) Jordan with protests to this unconstitutional action by mail and email:
600 Civic Center, Suite 303
Tulsa, OK 74103
ACT for America emailed the details of Captain Paul Fields plight with the TPD and is calling for Chapter support to raise support for the civil suit and exposing the Islamic Society of Tulsa. I should join a Tulsa chapter but as yet I have not. Regardless on a personal basis I have been a huge supporter of ACT for America and their efforts to educate Americans about the nature of radical Islam in America. This is one of those cases. The Islamic Society of Tulsa is closely aligned to unindicted co-conspirators Council on American-Islamic Relations and Islamic Society of North America as being involved with the convicted terrorist supporting members of the now Holy Land Foundation.
The ACT for America email includes a petition to sign and an excerpt of a WND article (which I will post in its entirety at the end of this post at SlantRight 2.0) detailing how TPD is squelching Paul Fields’ rights and the Islamist nature of the Islamic Society of Tulsa.
Tulsa, Oklahoma Outrage
By Kelly Cook
National Field Director
Sent Jun 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM
Chapter Leader and Volunteer Action Alert
Forward Today’s National Email to Your
Chapter/Personal Contact Lists!!
Today’s national email regarding Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields and his unjust treatment underscores a couple of major reasons as to why ACT! for America exists:
1) If we don’t come to this innocent man’s defense, who will?
2) If the Tulsa Police Department can get away with such an injustice, who’s next
I urge you in the strongest terms possible, please forward today’s national email (see below) to your chapter and/or personal email contact lists. Do not assume there is a significant overlap in names between these email lists. Many will see it for the first time as a result of you forwarding it on!
We are highly impressed with the response rate to this petition so far today! (At least 1,200 names per hour.) It is clearly striking a chord and we need to maximize the exposure it gets. The more names that are generated, the higher the pressure we can exert on the Tulsa Police Department.
If we receive enough signers on the petition, we will schedule a press conference in Tulsa in a couple of weeks, hold a rally for supporters of Captain Fields and publicly demand that he is completely restored to the original status he held before this injustice occurred.
Thanks for accomplishing this simple task for this most deserving police officer!
Cut and paste below this line to your email lists now!
Police Captain Suspended Without Pay
He refused to attend proselytizing event at Muslim Brotherhood-connected Islamic center
Sign our petition calling for his reinstatement!
Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields was recently suspended for two weeks without pay because, according to the WorldNetDaily story below (highlights added), he refused to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” event at the Islamic Society of Tulsa—an event that was nothing more than Islamic proselytizing.
As you read the story below, we’re sure you’ll feel as outraged as we are by this assault on Captain Fields’ rights!
Please read and sign our petition calling for his reinstatement, and then forward it to everyone you know. Let’s expose to America the unconstitutional and politically correct actions of Captain Fields’ superiors!
At the appropriate time we will hand deliver the petition to the Tulsa police department. If the response to the petition is strong enough, we’ll hold a rally and news conference in front of police headquarters to put the heat on them. So please sign the petition today!
If the Tulsa police department’s leadership can get away with this, what’s next? Requiring all government officials to attend Friday services at a local mosque?
Policeman sues over orders to attend Islamic prayer
City accused of being ‘complicit’ in Muslim Brotherhood jihad plan
By Bob Unruh
A Tulsa, Okla., police captain is suing his chief and the city after he was demoted and targeted by an internal investigation for refusing orders to attend an event featuring lessons in Islam, a tour and a prayer service at a mosque linked to an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror financing trial.
The legal action has been brought by attorneys with the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Paul Fields.
Named as defendants are the city, police chief Charles W. Jordan and deputy chief Alvin Daryl Webster. WND requests for comment did not generate a response from the defendants.
The lawsuit focuses on the officer’s constitutional and civil rights, and besides a resolution of Fields’ concerns, it seeks an injunction preventing “enforcement of defendants’ unconstitutional acts, policies, practices, procedures and/or customs.”
At issue is a solicitation by officials in the Tulsa Police Department for officers to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” organized by the Islamic Society of Tulsa. The invitation said the officers would be given tours of the mosque, meet the mosque’s leadership, be given presentations of “beliefs, human rights, women” and “watch the 2-2:45 weekly congregational prayer service.”
While at first the police administration’s recommendation for attendance at the event appeared to be voluntary – there was a voluntary signup list – the law firm said when officers refused to respond, the managers made it a required event.
Find out what other plans there are for the U.S., in “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”
The day “had nothing to do with any official police function. It clearly fell outside of the police department’s policy on community policing, and based on comments made by police department officials in a closed door meeting, it was not ‘community outreach’ as it has been previously portrayed,” the law firm explained.
“Rather, it included a mosque tour, meetings with local Muslims and Muslim leadership, observing a ‘weekly prayer service,’ and lectures on Islamic ‘beliefs,'” the Thomas More Law Center explained. “The event was scheduled for Friday, March 4, 20011 – Friday being the ‘holy day’ or ‘Sabbath’ for Islam. In fact, the event was originally voluntary, but when not enough officers were willing to attend, it became mandatory.”
The lawsuit alleges, “The event held by the Islamic Society involved Islamic proselytizing. The Islamic Society event was advertised as including Islamic proselytizing, and it in fact resulted in the proselytizing of city police officers who attended the event.”
The issue of Islamic law, or Shariah, infiltration into the United States is drawing increasing attention. Several state legislative efforts already have developed, including in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida, to prevent judges from applying Shariah, which includes penalties such as beheading for leaving Islam, in the government’s court systems.
Last year in Oklahoma, voters with a 70-percent majority approved such a ban, but U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange blocked it after the Council on American-Islamic Relations argued the move was “anti-Islam.”
The issue also is the subject of a lawsuit in Michigan, where city officials in Dearborn are accused of allowing Shariah to be used to block Christians from discussing their faith at the city-sponsored Arab Fest. Under Shariah, it is illegal for a Muslim to convert to another faith.
The March edition of “Whistleblower” magazine, titled “Know Thine Enemy,”
also shows how the Muslim Brotherhood, – “the shadowy, transnational Islamist parent organization of al-Qaida and Hamas – is committed not only to filling the growing leadership vacuum in the Arab world, but also, through its many proxies within the U.S., to impose the Quran and Shariah law right here in America.”
The report reveals details about key U.S. front organizations for Shariah, about the Muslim Brotherhood’s “project” for North America, how Muslim groups are influencing judges, members of Congress and others and how Barack Obama’s “appointments, statements, lawsuits” show “a strong and troubling affinity for Islam.”
According to the new Tulsa lawsuit, images of some police officers appeared later in a publicity photograph used by the mosque to promote “Islam classes for Non-Muslims.”
The Thomas More Law Center, which already is involved in other litigation defending the religious freedom of Christians as well as “countering the infiltration of radical Muslims in America,” said it was working with Tulsa attorney Scott Wood to defend Fields’ “constitutional right not to become a propaganda prop for the local mosque.”
Fields had responded to the order to appear for the tour, prayer and other mosque events with a written notice stating: “Please consider this email my official notification to the Tulsa Police Department and the city of Tulsa that I intend not to follow this directive, nor require any of my subordinates to do so if they share similar religioius convictions.”
Webster then ordered Fields into a meeting where he was handed an order transferring him to the Mingo Valley Division, an area known for drug activity, as well as a notification of an internal investigation of Fields.
The lawsuit explains that the Tulsa Islamic Society is “Shariah-adherent,” meaning that it teaches Islamic law must control “all matters of life, politics, and religious law.”
“Consequently, the religion of Islam is not merely one segment of life; it regulates life completely, from the social and the political to the diplomatic, economic, and military. The combination of religion and politics as a unified, indefeasible whole is the foundation of Islam, an inseparable political/religious doctrine of Islamic governments, and the basis of Muslim loyalties. In this respect, the theo-political doctrine of Islam is contrary to the dictates of the First Amendment’s religion clauses,” the lawsuit explains.
[SlantRight Editor: It is at this point the ACT for America points to the WMD article to read the rest; however I am continuing the rest of the article.]
“In an Islamic context there is no such thing as a separate secular authority and secular law, since religion and state are one. Essentially, the Islamic state as conceived by orthodox Muslims is a religious entity established under divine law.”
The suit notes that under Islam, there are members of the House of Islam and “infidels,” whom it teaches eventually all will submit to Islam.
Thus, the “Appreciation Day” was no more than an opportunity “to promote what Shariah-adherents such as the Muslim Brotherhood have described as ‘civilization jihad,'” the lawsuit said.
The complaint also notes the Tulsa organization is affiliated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America – both “unindicted, co-conspirators and/or joint venturers in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.”
ISNA, the case explains, is the “largest Muslim brotherhood front in North America.”
And the Tulsa organization has had featured speakers including Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who is “a Shariah-adherent Muslim who promotes the destruction of Western civilization and the creation of an Islamic caliphate,” according to the lawsuit.
“Defendants have never forced under penalty of adverse employment consequences any officer in the police department to attend any event involving Christianity or a Christian church that was not a call for service nor organized by the City Police Department as a function of Community Policing,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants actions … favored the religious beliefs and convictions of Muslims over those of non-Muslims.”
The requirement also created a government sponsorship of Islam, the complaint said.
The suit cites alleged violations of the First Amendment freedom exercise of religion, freedom of association, the establishment clause and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
“The city of Tulsa police department and its highest ranking officials are not only willfully blind to the threat that Shariah (Islamic law) poses in their own community, they are willfully blind to the fundamental rights that our very own Constitution provides to its American citizens, including Capt. Fields,” said Robert Muise, senior trial counsel for the TMLC. “In effect, as the amended complaint sets out in greater detail, the city’s police department and its officials are unwittingly complicit in the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘civilization jihadist’ process, to the detriment of one of its most loyal and competent police officers.”
In a recent commentary, David Kupelian, editor of Whistleblower magazine, noted that President Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, recently downplayed the influence and ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood, referring to the “dedicated Islamist group” as “largely secular.”
“Since the Obama administration apparently has such a difficult time thinking logically about anything, let’s reduce the facts of Shariah and the Muslim Brotherhood down to a simple, inescapable, purely logical syllogism: Shariah – Islamic law – is unspeakably cruel, barbaric and inhuman,” he explained. “The Muslim Brotherhood is unalterably dedicated to imposing Shariah on the entire world, with a special emphasis on America. Therefore, the Muslim Brotherhood is America’s enemy.”
Tulsa Police Chief Supports Radical Islamic Mosque
John R. Houk
© June 18, 2011
Tulsa, Oklahoma Outrage
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Policeman sues over orders to attend Islamic prayer
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