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The Minneapolis Thought Police By: J. Matt Barber
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, August 31, 2006

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, the Minneapolis Police Department has suspended a Police Psychologist, Dr. Michael Campion of Campion, Barrow & Associates, at the behest of leftist activists. 

What was Dr. Campion’s crime? It seems that until last year he was a board member with the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a Christian organization that advocates traditional family values. The Minneapolis Police Department admits that because of Dr. Campion’s Christian beliefs and his former affiliation with IFI, he is now under suspension pending an investigation into his beliefs.

The Minneapolis incident is a sad replay of the character assassination Dr. Campion experienced at the hands of leftist activists in Springfield, Illinois, last year. After a left-wing rag, the Illinois Times, raised questions of Campion being on the board of IFI, an “anti-choice, anti-gay group,” the Springfield City Council dumped him as psychological screener for police and firefighter candidates. 


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that despite the fact that the Minneapolis Police Department admittedly gave Dr. Campion “’high marks’ on ‘general procedural goodness and specific cultural fairness’ of his testing procedures;” he was nonetheless suspended soon after left-wing homosexual city activists informed Police Chief Don Harris about his IFI affiliation. 


Equally confusing is the fact that Sgt. John Delmonico, president of the police federation, admitted that “it never had any complaints about Campion.”  Notwithstanding this admission, Delmonico told the Star-Tribune “any issues that have been raised should be looked into.” 


The Star-Tribune further reported, “Council Member Scott Benson appears to have been the first to hear of Campion's beliefs.” Benson, while referring to a conversation with the Minneapolis P.D., told the Star-Tribune, “‘I asked them if given his background, should he be conducting psychological evaluations…They definitely should conduct an investigation and determine what's fact and what's fiction.’”


So, apparently it’s simple: if a person has traditional Christian beliefs, he’s disqualified from working for the city of Minneapolis. This official government act is a transparent and egregious violation of Dr. Campion’s First Amendment rights to both freedom of association and religion. 


The Minneapolis Police Department has become the thought police, the latest example of how leftist activists, government bureaucrats, and the militant homosexual lobby have denied competent people jobs based on their political views. 


You can contact the office of Police Chief Timothy Dolan to express your views: 


Timothy Dolan
Interim Chief of Police
350 South 5th Street
Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389
Fax: 612-673-2613
E-mail: police@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

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J. Matt Barber is the Corporate Outreach Director for Americans for Truth, a contributing editor for TheConservativeVoice.com, and a contributor to Insight Magazine and AmericanThinker.com.

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