Jul 11 2011
Tens of thousands of Americans are lining up in support of a police officer, Captain Paul Fields, in Tulsa, who was punished for refusing his department’s order to attend an “Islamic proselytizing event” even as a legal team representing the captain is petitioning the court to add new allegations of misbehavior by his superiors to a lawsuit over the dispute.
WND WND reported earlier when a legal action was 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.
The lawsuit focuses on the officer’s constitutional and civil rights, and along with a resolution of Fields’ concerns, it seeks an injunction preventing “enforcement of defendants’ unconstitutional acts, policies, practices, procedures and/or customs.”
At issue were orders by the department that Fields participate in an event at a local Islamic center that has been described as a proselytizing campaign. The Tulsa Police Department had told 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.”
A petition campaign organized byACT! for Americaalready has collected tens of thousands of signatures in support of Fields. The organization, run by global Islamic terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel, is planning to present thepetition signatures to officials in Tulsa on behalf of the officer.
The petition states: “We the undersigned are outraged that Captain Paul Fields was demoted and suspended without pay for refusing to attend a ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ at the Islamic Society of Tulsa, which was nothing more than an Islamic proselytizing event.”
The petition explains, “The Islamic Society of Tulsa is a Muslim Brotherhood-connected Islamic Center with close ties to ISNA (Islamic Society of North America). According to zTruth.com, the property title of the Islamic Society is held by NAIT (North American Islamic Trust). Both ISNA and NAIT were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, which resulted in 108 guilty verdicts.”
Meanwhile, a legal team working on Fields’ behalf, the attorneys of theThomas More Law Center,told WND they are seeking court permission to amend their original complaint over the city’s actions to include the specific damages that have accumulated.
The damages include two weeks of being suspended from pay for his refusal to attend the Islamic event and the threat that he will not be considered for promotion for a time, according to Law Center president Richard Thompson.
“We asked the court to amend our complaint to add the actual discipline,” Thompson said. “Because of the new facts raised as our reason for amending the complaint that should be granted.” He said an additional First Amendment claim also is being added, because city officials told Fields that part of the discipline was for allowing the public to know about the dispute.
“If this had been a Muslim officer told to go to a Christian prayer service and the Muslim officer refused because it would violate his Islamic faith, there would have been no reaction at all,” Thompson told WND. “But this happened because this was a Christian officer who said the orders would violate his Christian principles. Thompson said it is startling how easily a Muslim Brotherhood-related idea can co-opt American rights.
The lawsuit explains that, at first, the police administration’s recommendation for attendance at the Islamic event appeared to be voluntary – there was a voluntary signup list. But the law firm said when officers refused to respond, the managers made it a required event.
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, 2011 – 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. The laws aim 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.”