Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Police Psychologist Fired at the Behest of Pro-homosexual Activists

UPDATE 9/7/10: Minneapolis City Council pays Christian psychologist $210,000 settlement

Taking discrimination against Christians to a new high (low?), the Minneapolis Police Department has
fired a highly rated psychologist for his past affiliation with Illinois Family Institute.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that despite the fact that the Minneapolis PD gave Campion “high marks” on his “general procedural goodness and specific cultural fairness” of his testing procedures; Campion was suspended soon after liberal city activists told Police Chief Don Harris about the psychologist’s past IFI affiliation. (Campion, whose firm Campion, Barrow & Associates is based in Champaign, Ill., sat on IFI’s Board of Directors from 1998-2005.)

Sgt. John Delmonico, president of the police federation, admitted that “it never had any complaints about Campion.” Despite that fact, Delmonico told the Star-Tribune “…Any issues that have been raised should be looked into.”

IFI reports that “this is not the first time Dr. Campion has suffered discrimination after having his character assassinated by liberal activists. Last year, the City of Springfield, Illinois, fired Campion as psychological reviewer for police and firefighter candidates after the left-leaning weekly Illinois Times ran an article about his role with Illinois Family Institute.”

“The message from Minneapolis is clear: The Constitution be damned! If you work for the city, and you happen to be a person of faith belonging to a church or public policy organization that advocates traditional family values, then you might as well clean out your desk now — because as soon as we find out…you’re done.”

Mr. Campion is not the first American to be fired for support of Christian values. In 2005 an employee of the Allstate insurance company was fired from his job for comments that appeared in a men’s journal denouncing same-sex “marriage,” even though the statement was penned in the employee’s own spare time and from home, and in June a Baltimore, Maryland Metro transit board member was fired for expressing opposition to homosexuality. Christian pharmacists in Illinois have been fired for refusing to fill prescriptions for abortifacient drugs - not because their employers objected, but because Governor Blagojevich issued an order MANDATING that all pharmacists fill these prescriptions.

Where is the moral outrage from the Church in America? What will it take for us to stand up? -If not for our own sake then for the sake of others? For if the freedom to dissent is lost for Christians, it's only a matter or time until it is lost for all Americans.

To those brothers and sisters who admonish us to simply 'concentrate on evangelism' I say this: If we lose the right to speak the truth about moral issues, losing the right to proclaim the Gospel will shortly follow. For the Gospel is surely the greatest offense of all - being the 'smell of death' to those who are perishing. (I Cor. 2:16) Our pulpits will be silenced, by legislation or lack of interest. People who do not understand God's Law have no need for a Savior.

Apathy is NOT a virtue.

This is our battle.