posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 08:31 PM
reply to post by windword
Why is having faith, that may disagree with someone else’s belief is bigoted? Would you attend an event to honor you if it was held by say the
Westboro Baptist? There was nothing there to state it was an order, even in the article, it was left up to the officers to attend, not made to be
mandatory, and it should not be forced. Tolerance has to be a two way street, and the only people who seems to be doing the complaining is the
Islamic community, cause the captain found that the location of the event, and the planned activities to be offensive to him, and his belief. If the
activities were not to include a discussion of beliefs, or where people could observe the prayers, or the location was not at a mosque, then it would
be a controversy. However, it was stated in the fliers, that there would be discussions on beliefs, and for those who wished to watch, to see the
prayers, it could be construed as that community wanted to force their belief of Islam on the officers who attended the event. If this was to be an
appreciation of the work the police were doing, then it should have been, just that, an event to show thanks to the police department and a discussion
on how they can work together to keep the community safe. Religion or beliefs would not have been mentioned at all. That says nothing that states it
is bigoted or even to suggest that of an Islam phobia, what so ever. He is stating his reason of not issuing the order, that he was told to do. He
checked with legal counsel, and it was under a legal opinion that it would not be lawful for him to be forced to attend, or order anything of that
nature on his officers. According to all documentation, it is stated that he did indeed let his officers know about the event, and there was an RSVP.
As no one from the police department or the shifts responded, then it became an order to force officers to attend. There is nothing in the law that
would state that a person has to attend any sort of event in their honor. While it would have been nice to have one person attend from those that
patrol, the reality is, they are under no obligations to do such, if it would violate their conscious, and this could lead to problems in the future
it will strain relations between the Islamic community and the police department.
It is against the law to force a person to attend any event, without paying them, and if they have worked 40 hours, then a person can refuse to do the
overtime. As this was not job related, and had no bearing on the work that the officers do, then the way it was handled was wrong, on both sides. It
was wrong on the part of the Islamic community to use the setting and what all they planned to have the police there, and wrong for the police to
force people to be there, when they did not want to be there at all.