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Tulsa policeman awaiting ruling

Charlie Butts   ( Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The fate of a Tulsa police officer who refused to attend a Muslim indoctrination session is in the hands of a federal judge.

Muise, Robert (AFLC) 2Robert 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.

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