The Purposeful Degradation of an Icon
Firemen are people. They are heroes. They put themselves in danger for the ones you love the most, any day, every day. They give their lives for you without even knowing you. You might say it’s their job, but it’s more than that, it’s who they are.
Here’s what they’re not: they’re not musclebound fantasy playboys or sex objects free for public humiliation and personal exploitation, nor are they up for grabs as rubber stamp public approval icons—-
…yet that’s exactly how they were used in San Diego.
San Diego’s fire chief, Tracy Jarman, is an open lesbian who called the parade a “fun event” in which “all employees are encouraged to participate.” But when some of the firemen objected to participating, she ordered them to participate and threatened them with reprisals if they did not. These four San Diego firefighters attended the obscenity-laden “gay” pride parade as ordered, and there were subjected to the most vile of scenes and commentary.
What is the motivation for forcing participation? How is this ok? Where is the freedom for these firefighters? Where is the conscience of this department and it’s chief?
California’s freedom of speech clause prohibits compelled speech, but what these men were asked to do was implicitly endorse what goes on at this parade through their participation in it, and in the process, suffered humiliation and degradation that they never should have been forced to suffer.
When they sued the city, the court shockingly sided with the city against the rights of the firemen:
“Remarkably, the court ruled that the firefighters’ personal beliefs about what goes on at the Gay Pride Parade are not a matter of public interest and thus enjoy no constitutional protection.” Mr. Charles LiMandri, a lawyer for the four, said.
“According to this reasoning, any government employee can be ordered against their will to participate in any gay pride parade – even if it offends their sincerely held religious beliefs as devout Christians, Jews, or Muslims.”
America’s heroes have been forced to publicly endorse a movement that is as vile and anti-American as it gets, and again the gay “rights” movement has prevailed in stifling the rights of all those around them.
Allow these men their human dignity and respect, allow them their freedom. No matter what our differences, no one should be forced to participate in something that goes against their beliefs.
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On a blog for a defense fund assembled for the firefighters, LiMandri said eight of the 12 jurors in the first trial this past fall agreed that the case documented sexual harassment, but that was one short of the necessary nine jurors.
“The city of San Diego subjected these firefighters to sexual harassment rather than take reasonable steps to prevent it as the law requires,” he said. “When these four firefighters requested to be excused from participating in the 2007 San Diego Gay Pride Parade, their request was denied by their superiors.”
LiMandri said the firefighters had expressed concerns before the parade about the sexual harassment prevalent there and said they did not want to appear to be endorsing homosexuality, which violated their own religious beliefs.
Instead of recognizing the concerns, the city “informed my clients that if they did not march, they could face disciplinary action.”
“I maintain that the decision by the city of San Diego forced these four firefighters to march in a parade that clearly offended their deeply held religious beliefs,” LiMandri said. “This decision violated their freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Even though the city has purportedly changed its policy of using volunteers it has never admitted any wrongdoing. I believe it should be the private decision of an employee whether to march in a gay pride parade, not the decision of a city.”
See the entire article from World Net Daily.