By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
CHARLOTTE — Anyone who believes that promoters of the homosexual agenda simply want everyone to be treated fairly may have a hard time explaining Cisco’s recent firing of leadership consultant Frank Turek solely on the basis of his conservative beliefs about sex and marriage.
“When a homosexual manager found out on the Internet that I had authored a book giving evidence that maintaining our current marriage laws would be best for society, he couldn’t tolerate me and requested I be fired,” explained Turek, who was let go within hours despite the fact that his beliefs were never expressed on the job, and the team-building programs he led had received excellent reviews, even from the employee who complained.
“This kind of thing demonstrates the drive for gay rights for what it truly is, a political agenda aimed at silencing anyone who doesn’t endorse same-sex marriage,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “It wasn’t enough for this company that Turek was excelling at what he was hired to do. It wasn’t enough that he was working in a respectful manner with people of a lot of different views. He was fired because Cisco didn’t like his beliefs. That ought to be enough to wake us up to the dangers inherent in the push for so-called marriage equality. You’re equal only if you agree with them.”
In a column on the matter, Turek, senior partner of the Charlotte-based Austin Group, said that although he certainly accepted homosexuals he committed the “thought crime of disagreeing with homosexual behavior and homosexual political goals,” and that Cisco deemed his thoughts about something irrelevant to the workplace as grounds for dismissal.
When he asked Marilyn Nagel, the company’s senior director of inclusion and diversity, how he could be fired for embracing a conservative worldview which was never discussed in the workplace, he said the only answer he received was a list of platitudes about Cisco’s “inclusive” work environment.
“Because we believe that it has to be an employee environment where everyone is welcome, we do discourage discussions around strongly held political beliefs or religious beliefs in group settings within Cisco other than certain forums, and so we’re very sensitive about protecting our culture of acceptance of everyone, we don’t want anyone to ever feel excluded and that means all opinions, and I really believe that’s what inclusion is all about,” Nagel reportedly told Turek in a phone call.
Further, the Cisco Website claims the company is committed to “valuing and encouraging different perspectives, styles, thoughts, and ideas.”
“If that’s the case, then why not value my “perspectives, styles, thoughts and ideas?” Turek rightfully inquired, answering his own question with, “‘inclusion’ and ‘diversity’ to corporate elites actually means exclusion for those that don’t agree with the approved views.”
Nagel reportedly went on to say, in the phone call, that, “Our culture is very welcoming of all points of view. We don’t have any particular political perspective on the issues of same-sex marriage or any of the other issues.”
She did not explain why Cisco, if it does not have any particular view on the topic, had just sponsored — via its Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Transgender (GLBT) & Advocates Network — a forum featuring two well-known gay rights leaders.
Dr. Turek, who lives near Charlotte, is an apologist and president of CrossExamined.org. His books include I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. In a column about his firing, Turek pointed out that Cisco isn’t the only company persecuting those who do not embrace the gay agenda.
“Is it the same at your workplace? Are you tired of having to hide your conservative or religious beliefs as if you live in a totalitarian state rather than America?” he asks. “If you continue to cower in silence before an intolerant militant minority it will only get worse.”
“It’s time to do something — speak up,” he added.
** If you believe that you or someone you know has unjustly lost their job because of his/her religious beliefs, more specifically, one’s beliefs concerning homosexuality, contact the Christian Action League for help at 919.787.0606 or email@example.com