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“The message is growing across our nation: Christians are the only group that can be discriminated against–especially if they live out their faith in the public square”
— LaBarbera, bleating about the temporary suspension of “highly rated” psychologist (and IFI-affiliated) Dr. Michael Campion, by the Minneapolis Police Department

This “religious persecution” bleating is getting so tired. I do admit it’s very versatile wingnuttery, as it can be applied to just about anything these fundies object to these days. The baby Jeebus in their minds is offended by secular society, homos, women who don’t want the state in their wombs, and folks who might enjoy going to a strip club now and then.

Campion was psych screening potential officers for over a year for the Minneapolis Police Department. When community concern about his Illinois Family Institute affiliation was brought to the attention of interim Chief Tim Dolan, Campion was suspended pending an independent review. There was reason to take this step (Strib):

This isn’t the first time Campion’s objectivity has been questioned. In 2003, nine applicants to the Springfield, Ill., Fire Department sued the city claiming they were unfairly disqualified by either background checks or Campion’s psychological evaluation. A judge dismissed the suit, but the Springfield City Council didn’t renew Campion’s contract last year.

…Members of the Police Community Relations Council had concerns about this group and had heard complaints from several people who weren’t hired to be Minneapolis police officers after they were deemed “unqualified” by Campion’s psychological tests, said council cochairman Clyde Bellecourt. During a meeting with council members last week, Campion made statements about single parents and race that disturbed them, said council member Ron Edwards.

Last fall, Lisa Epps was deemed unqualified. A Bloomington firefighter and former State Fair police officer, she had been through at least three psychological exams, she said. “But this one felt very different. I felt like he was judging me,” she said. “He was asking me questions about being a single parent, and then he would make facial expressions.”

Is it too much to ask that people working for public institutions be vetted for professional objectivity (Campion was on IFI’s board of Directors from 1998-2005)? Apparently so. The shields went up at IFI HQ:

Campion, who didn’t return repeated telephone calls from a reporter, was a board member three years ago, said David E. Smith, who became the Family Institute’s executive director two weeks ago. He didn’t know Campion’s current level of activity with the group.

“We are absolutely, positively not anti-gay,” Smith said. “Homosexuals were made in the image of God, and we’re commanded to love them. But we don’t have to accept their behavior. We tell them in a loving way that it’s an unhealthy and unsafe lifestyle.”

OK. Whatever. Former IFI executive director Porno Pete and Corporate Outreach Director Matt Barber worked the PR machine from the Americans for Truth offices.

“This official government action by the Minneapolis Police Department is a transparent and egregious violation of Dr. Campion’s First Amendment rights to both freedom of association and religion,” Barber said.

“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.”

Andy at Eleventh Avenue South nails it.

The Minneapolis Police Department merely responded to concerns by citizens over Campion’s involvement with the Illinois Famliy Institute. The IFI is based in religion, but is not a church or place of worship, nor is it a specific belief system. It’s a non-profit dedicated to making life miserable for gay people. The talk of Christian discrimination is a page from the Christian Nationalism movement, a network of churches and organizations such as IFI that are committed to forcing their version of Christianity down everyone’s throats.

Yes, IFI is part of the “pray the gay away” school of thought, and spends an inordinate amount of time and bandwidth working to deny LGBT citizens civil rights in the name of “saving” marriage, the schools and any other public institution we pay for.

Andy noted in another post that the batsh*t crazies at Renew America (the home of Guy “sex with infants is the new gay trend” Adams) have been weighing in on the Campion dustup as well, whining away, the same broken record.

If you’re a Christian working for the City of Minneapolis, watch your step – your job may already be in jeopardy. In what may be one of the most blatant acts of anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination by an American government agency to date, the Minneapolis Police Department has suspended a Police Psychologist, Dr. Michael Campion of Campion, Barrow & Associates, at the behest of pro-homosexual activists.

You can contact Dolan with support; the wingers are filling his inbox:
Timothy Dolan
Interim Chief of Police
350 South 5th Street
Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389
612-673-2853
Fax: 612-673-2613
E-mail: police@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Timothy at Ex Gay Watch has more on Campion’s blatant anti-gay views.

Hat tip, Eva.

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Oh, almost forgot about this fun. Daimeon mentioned this in an earlier thread, but the Blend (and other worthy blogs) made it onto Porno Petey’s newly minted Resources page:

Kudos to Good As You, Ex-Gay Watch, News Fit To Post, and Sully

Of course we must balance the homos with the “Truth”. Take a look at what PP says represents “Truth” —

Mike Adams?! ROTFLOL — the unhinged UNC-Wilmington prof who writes for Townhall.com, who believes gays are “afflicted with an emotional or mental illness.” Remember, he wrote this in a recent column.

For the record, I have never cheated on my wife. I did, however, attempt to cheat on my wife one time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past Ms. Coulter’s bodyguard.

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