The following comes from a Nov. 14 release from the Pacific Justice Institute.
A retired military veteran who now works in a hospital was stunned when supervisors called him into the office last week to demand that he remove “God Bless America” from his e-mail signature block. What happened next was even more shocking—he complied with the directive but was placed on administrative leave for “insubordination” when he said he wanted to consult with legal counsel about his rights.
Pacific Justice Institute now represents this veteran, Mr. Boots Hawks, and sent a strongly-worded letter to his supervisors at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, late Tuesday. In the letter, PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds reminded the hospital that Mr. Hawks has been a dedicated employee for ten years, earning such distinctions as Employee of the Year for his work in quality assurance. Prior to joining the hospital staff, Mr. Hawks spent twenty years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. PJI is demanding that supervisors rescind their disciplinary action and their censorship….
Mr. Hawks returned to work on Wednesday to find that lock combinations had been changed and his computer password had been suspended. The hospital had not yet responded to PJI’s letter as of Thursday morning.
Finding out about your rights can get you into trouble. Wonder what kind of people run a place like that, besides apparently being atheists.
Very, very sad.
Another demonstration of the religion of “EQUALITY”.
Another demonstration of the religion of “TOLERANCE”.
it seems that we are not happy with our veterans…..
He complied with the order. He is within his rights to consult a lawyer as to the legality of what his employer did. Since he was obedient to them, they can not justify any disciplinary action for insubordination. He followed their order, as he did in the military. This is strange behavior on the part of the hospital management. I hope he files a huge damage suit and wins.
Ted, this “strange behavior on the part of the hospital management” will become more commonplace. There are many in our society who have rejected Christianity and have replaced it with the philosophy of Relativism. Many of these individuals are now in positions of power throughout our society, both in the public and private sector. Essentially Relativism makes the individual a “god”, and as we well know, the worse thing you can do to a “god” is offend him or her!
What we are now seeing in our society (Europe is ahead of the USA) is none other than the end game of Protestantism. Who started the Protestant movement? It was Catholics who rejected the authority of the Church as established by Jesus Christ on the Rock of Peter. They preferred to practice Christianity their own way. In order for their protestation to succeed, they not only left the Church, they had to persecute those who stayed. Today we have a new twist on this rebellion. Many Protestants now choose to stay in the Church and persecute those who remain loyal to the Magisterium from within her walls.
No one should be surprised at what happened to the veteran employee at the hospital. Unless our culture turns back to God and honors His authority, eventually most of our judges and attorneys will also be Relativists. If this occurs, there will never be Justice. (Remember who is the Author of Justice. Well He is being rejected!)
The Culture is indeed growing darker and darker. Are we blinded to these changes? As I look around me, I see God withdrawing his protective hand from America. Is that what we desire? Is that what we are asking for? Are we foolish enough to believe that we do not need God’s blessings on this nation? Let us turn to the Almighty in humility and drop the pride and arrogance that is so ugly and destructive to our country.
Candidly, I often put scriptural references on my work computer message section. This is usually around some Solemnity or Marian Feast. Now I have “Christus vincit, regnat, imperat” as we approach the Christ the King solemnnity in the NO calendar. Maybe it helps that the phrases are in latin and no one else gets it…. I do get folks asking me what these phrases mean and often leads to more conversations about God and prayer. Of course, they already know I am a traditional and orthodox minded Catholic. I suppose I could put in in English and see if anyone complains…?
It will probably please you to know that “Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat” is a common greeting in ex-Communist Romania. I learned that when I visited my nephew who had a Foundation for orphans there.
May God have mercy on an amoral America!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.
Kenneth, would you mind translating that for those of us who do not read latin?
Delilah noted it below.
This is written on the peak of the obelisk in St Peter’s Square.
Latin has such force of character and flavor, IMO.
Pacific Justice Institute is well known for withholding critical information in its attempt to frame circumstance as religious discrimination – and this time against a veteran none the less. The truth will come to light . . . . He was let go for a valid reason.
Keith, there are those of us that understand Latin. I am not at all offended. Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands. As we approach Christ the King Sunday, let that phrase live in our hearts and may our actions show that we believe it. Pax