The fate of a Tulsa police officer who refused to attend a
Muslim indoctrination session is in the hands of a federal
Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) represented
Captain Paul Fields, a committed Christian who was punished when he
refused to attend an imam-led session held at a Tulsa
mosque (see earlier story).
"He was punitively transferred [and] subjected to an internal
affairs investigation," Muise reports. "He was suspended without
pay for two weeks, and the transfer was made permanent."
According to testimony Muise received from officers who did
attend, that session was meant to proselytize the Muslim faith.
"It was advertised as including tours of the worship space of
the mosque, of meeting the Muslim leaders, of receiving
presentations on Islamic religious beliefs and observing religious
worship services," the AFLC attorney explains. "Never in the
history of the Tulsa Police Department has there been an
appreciation event that was so overtly religious."
The court heard arguments for a couple of hours from both sides,
each asking for a ruling in their favor. Based on the questioning
from the bench, Muise says it is hard to determine which way the
judge is leaning, but a ruling is expected soon.