A former Texas fireplace chaplain has filed a lawsuit towards the Austin Hearth Division (AFD) claiming he was terminated for sharing his spiritual beliefs on his private and personal weblog.
Dr. Andrew Fox says he was fired from his place as a result of he wrote a personal blog post objecting to males competing in ladies’s sports activities.
“I argued that somebody born a person transitioning to be a lady, competing towards ladies in athletics is an assault..is an affront on ladies,” Fox informed Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. “[It] ruins every part they’ve been working for.”
Dr. Fox is an ordained minister who helped begin Austin’s fireplace chaplaincy program and served as its lead chaplain “faithfully serving the non secular wants of Austin’s firefighters,” in accordance with the lawsuit filed by ADF.
Final June, he shared his perception that males mustn’t compete on ladies’s sports activities groups resulting from organic variations.
Fox stated he was dismissed from the division after an unknown variety of people on the fireplace division “anonymously complained” concerning the nature of his posts.
“I used to be requested to recant on these views after which write a letter of apology for these views, and, after all, I didn’t do this,” he defined.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says the town of Austin and Hearth Chief Joel G. Baker violated Fox’s First Modification proper to free speech and train of faith and violated the Texas Structure.
“Everybody ought to have the ability to converse freely with out worry of the federal government coming after you simply since you expressed a view they disagree with,” stated ADF Senior Counsel Ryan Bangert.
“Dr. Fox served Austin’s fireplace division—with out pay—for eight years with excellence and integrity, treating everybody equally, together with these within the LGBT neighborhood. However none of that mattered to metropolis officers when he shared one opinion on his private weblog that they did not like,” he continued.
“Irrespective of your private view on whether or not males ought to be allowed to compete on ladies’s sports activities groups, it ought to deeply concern each American that the federal government can fireplace somebody for expressing it,” Bangert added.
Fox informed Fox Information the U.S. has “drastically modified” since he moved to the nation greater than twenty years in the past.
“However the nation I moved to 23 years in the past just isn’t the nation that I am residing in proper now,” he stated. “So, in that point that I’ve lived right here, turning into a citizen, it has drastically modified, and that’s very stunning to me as a chaplain serving those who serve their neighborhood.”
“Social agendas ought to by no means trump America’s elementary civil rights underneath the U.S. Structure,” Bangert stated. “Individuals ought to by no means be compelled to apologize and recant for stating these beliefs in public.”
The AFD launched an announcement to CBN Information concerning the lawsuit.
“The Austin Hearth Division appreciates Dr. Fox’s service as a volunteer chaplain,” it learn. “Nevertheless, we don’t expound on issues involving personnel and/or these affiliated with our division in an official capability.”