Captain Paul Fields has served honorably as a police officer on the City of Tulsa Police Department for more than 17 years. In February 2011, he was ordered to attend--and to order the officers under his command to attend--a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” hosted by the Islamic Society of Tulsa. The event was scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2011--Friday is the “holy day” or “Sabbath” for Islam. And it was scheduled to be held at the mosque.
When Captain Fields, a Christian, objected to the order on religious grounds, he was immediately stripped of his command, transferred to another division, and subjected to an internal investigation. Following the investigation, he was suspended without pay for two weeks and his punitive transfer was made permanent.
Rather than cave in to the political pressure, Captain Fields is fighting back, and he is doing so with the help of the American Freedom Law Center.
On May 2, 2012, AFLC Co-Founders and Senior Counsel Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi filed a motion and memorandum of law explaining to the court that the case, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) v. Paul David Gaubatz, et al., is ripe for the court to rule in favor of AFLC's client, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), against CAIR as a matter of law.
On April 29, 2012, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise gave a presentation to a large audience at the “Islamic Law in America” conference hosted by AFLC clients Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. Geller and Spencer invited Muise to speak because he and his fellow AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, David Yerushalmi, have established themselves as the national leaders in this fight against the threat of sharia (Islamic law) to our constitutional freedoms. The primary purpose of the event was to highlight honor killings committed by sharia-adherent Muslims in the United States, another aspect of Islamic law. See video below for a breaking news update from the conference:
On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. When it did, the justices had before them a “friend of the court” brief authored by American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise.
To address the serious illegal immigration crisis, Arizona enacted the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070) in 2010. The law was immediately challenged by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. A federal judge in Arizona enjoined several provisions of S.B. 1070, and that ruling was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court will now decide the case. Read AFLC's brief here.