Tulsa Police Capt Paul Fields Loses Lawsuit Over Not Attending “Discover Islam Classes for Non-Muslims”

Captain Paul Fields has lost his court battle in the Tenth Circuit, Paul Fields v. City of Tulsa, addressing his refusal to attend the Masjid al-Salam mosque for their self-described “Discover Islam Classes for Non-Musims.” Captain Fields was ordered to attend a learning (enlightenment) event at the mosque in 2011. Fields has been a model police officer for 17 years, yet was permanently demoted for his Christian beliefs. The higher court refused to consider his “religious objection” claim.

Captain Paul Fields, Tulsa Police

Captain Paul Fields, Tulsa Police

Background:

Captain Paul Fields of the Tulsa Police was suspended and then transferred for refusing to order his officers to attend an event at the Masjid al-Salam, the Islamic Society of Tulsa (IST). Masjid al-Salam means Mosque of Peace Be Upon You (or something very close). In the IST constitution, on their website, they say they have a “continuous affiliation with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).” The ISNA is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trials (they collected charitable funds and funneled the money to Hamas and others), as is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), who owns IST. It is believed the NAIT is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Video below. Source: my previous post.

The Tenth Circuit federal judges found Captain Fields to be inappropriately unpolitically correct, and besides, his Christian beliefs have no business showing up in the workplace.

A panel of federal judges in Denver, in an opinion written by Judge Harris Hartz, found that it is perfectly appropriate for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic mosque where Muslims “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray” in addition to encouraging officers “to buy” Islamic books and pamphlets that were for sale. Source: World Net Daily

The American Freedom Law Center is representing Captain Fields, arguing that his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated and that Fields was punished solely for his religious objections. The Tenth Circuit ignored the “religious objections” argument, saying it was “not preserved” by the district court:

Instead, the court avoided this central issue and simply held, as did the district court, that the order ‘did not burden Fields’ religious rights because it did not require him to violate his personal religious beliefs by attending the event…,’” the AFLC said.

Captain Fields’ “disciplinary statement” said he was disciplined (permanently demoted) solely for not attending “appreciation day” at the local mosque..an “appreciation day” that includes listening to instruction on the Koran and “buying” materials.

…during the Islamic event, which was held on a Friday – the ‘Sabbath’ for Muslims – the Muslim hosts discussed Islamic religious beliefs; they discussed Muhammad, Mecca, why Muslims pray, how they pray, and what they say when they are praying; they showed the officers a Quran; and they showed the officers Islamic religious books and pamphlets that were for sale and encouraged the officers to purchase them. Moreover, after the event, the Islamic Society posted on its website a photograph of the police officers sitting at a table with members of the mosque with the caption, ‘Discover Islam Classes for Non-Muslims,”‘ AFLC reported. See the WND link above

When the Masjid al-Salam mosque issued the invitation, Tulsa Police were allowed to “volunteer” to attend. There were NO VOLUNTEERS. Chief Jordan mandated attending. In reply, Fields sent Chief of Police Chuck Jordan an email, as his “official notification” that he would not force his officers to attend.

There was no agenda on the invitation flyer—nor was one created by City police officials—for the invited officers to discuss crime or crime related issues of any kind.  Consequently, the Islamic event was not a function of what is known as “Community Policing,” nor did this event involve a “call for service.”  In sum, it was a private event hosted by an Islamic religious organization. Read more.

In 2011 I asked these questions:

• Does/did Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan know about Islamic Society of Tulsa’s connections to the ISNA, NAIT, and the Muslim Brotherhood when they suspended and reassigned Captain Paul Fields, and then charged him with having an “anti-Islamic agenda?”

• Did Jordan know it when he and 150 Tulsa police officers shared the hospitality of BBQ chicken and baklava with the Islamic Center of Tulsa? 

• Do un-indicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation terrorism funding trials mean nothing to Tulsa law enforcement?

• Do FBI reports mean nothing? It doesn’t matter whether mosque goers are seen as peaceful members of the community. The Masjid al-Salam Islamic Society of Tulsa has terrorist ties. Z Truth has the story of the anti-Islamic agenda charge against Fields and some good commentary.

Just before the invitation to the classes, Captain Fields was one of a group of officers involved in protecting the mosque from threats by a “criminal suspect,” yet he was moved to another department, had his pay suspended for two weeks and denied promotion for one year. He is appealing.

Ironic Surrealism linked. Check out her pithy cartoon graphic for this story — so appropriate.

H/T Susan Dixon, my newshound Facebook friend.

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