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Minneapolis P.D. Re-Suspends Christian Psychologist Mike Campion; IFI Decries Anti-Christian Discrimination

Contact: David Smith, Illinois Family Institute, 773-858-6602, 630-790-8370


GLEN ELLYN, Ill, Sept. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian psychologist Michael Campion--who was suspended (and then cleared) by the Minneapolis Police Department after officials learned that he was once a board member of Illinois Family Institute--has been re-suspended by the Department.


Campion was told Tuesday that he was again suspended from his work from his contract work screening police officers. His case has attracted nationwide attention from Christians and civil liberties advocates who see his suspension as evidence of blatant anti-Christian discrimination.


After being reinstated following his widely reported suspension, Campion said he was scheduled to do a "big batch of testing" of Minneapolis police officers. Then the Department did a 180-degree turn and called to tell him that he will not be doing the testing after all.


“Dr. Campion’s right to freedom of association is being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness,” said David Smith, Executive Director of Illinois Family Institute. “Does one have to embrace the homosexual activist and abortion causes to be able to exercise their First Amendment rights?


Gail Plewacki, spokesman for the City of Minneapolis, told IFI that the city is not “anti-Christian,” and that “we pride ourselves on being exceptionally tolerant and protective of people’s rights.”


To call the City of Minneapolis and politely urge the city and its prospective Police Chief, Tim Dolan, to NOT discriminate against Dr. Campion based on his religious and moral convictions, call (612)673-2735.


IFI Policy & Media Advisor Peter LaBarbera said the Campion situation shows that there “there is a zero sum game between homosexual activism and freedom for people of faith who oppose homosexual behavior. The liberal ‘diversity’ lobby is going after Mike because of his deeply-held religious and moral beliefs. In fact, no homosexual police officers have come forward with charges of bias.


“They want Mike out because he is a committed Christian who does not share their ideology,” LaBarbera said. “How ironic that the forces of ‘tolerance’ are now leading a new assault on civil rights, this time against people of faith.”


Last year, Campion was fired as a psychological screener for policemen and firefighters for the City of Springfield, Illinois, following a liberal newspaper’s report of his ties to an "anti-choice and anti-gay" organization--Illinois Family Institute.  Campion is now working with attorneys at the American Family Association to challenge his firing by the City of Springfield as discriminatory.