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Published: Monday, June 9 2014 6:40 p.m. MDT

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Sunnyvale, CA

Yeah, right: feeling uncomfortable in a gay parade is 'bias and bigotry'. The statement "We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department..." is clear in conveying that your values don't matter when it's not our values; it's intolerance of your values and opinions--intolerance of you to support what is certainly to most powerful political social faction in American history.

I would have taken the assignment, but there should be some sensitivity to others' concerns.

Salt Lake City, UT

The duty of a police officer is to serve and protect, not perform and entertain. It sounds as if this matter could have been handled quietly within the department by allowing the officer to serve in another capacity as he requested. For some reason the SLCPD has decided to make a public display of the matter. I wonder how many bad mouthing this officer would refuse his assistance when in need of help. "Please send another officer, this is the guy that did not want to ride in the Gay Pride Parade."

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

I would gladly donate to a fund to help the officer get on his feet until he gets a new job!

Salt Lake City, UT

if I was forcede to dress like a cop from the village people and ride in a gay parade as the first float, I would quit too.....

Next year Bradshaw can be the cop, Becker the cowboy, and Rocky the Constuction dude, and Obama the leatheer biker..... no one will think them gay?

So, just to make sure I've got this correctly:

A) He's insubordinate.
B) He quit without proper notice
C) As a policeman, he doesn't see fit to work with all law-abiding members of the community.

He could be POTUS!!

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

Lara Jones calls it bias and bigotry for the officer refusing to "honor" the gay pride parade, I call it denial and bigotry towards traditional christian values. Shame on the SLPD! The liberal left and gay movement are putting our religious liberties at risk.

Maricopa, Az

According to officer, maybe he didn't refuse, just asked to be reassigned. A possible "knee jerk" action on the part of his supervisor? Someone here said " as public servents we have no choice to perform our duties regardless of our personal feelings". That may be true, however, I work for the Arizona department of corrections, and have a Lt. who should have never been put in charge of people. Maybe a lawsuit should be in order.

Centerville, UT

Why are people so quick to judge and then condemn when they haven't heard this officer's side of the story? Everyone I know, including myself, flunked mind-reading, but it seems the Gay community wants to rush to judgment at the slightest hint that someone is "uncomfortable" riding in a LGBT parade. I always thought that knowing and understanding the truth was the most important aspect of any situation. If this officer's moral conscience precludes him from riding at the head of the parade, but would rather work a security detail at the same event, so what. This abysmal lack of tolerance on the Gay community's side will only further alienate people from their cause. Judge not, lest ye be judged (Matthew 7:1-3).

San Diego, CA

The gay and lesbian community are overreacting to this. It is the wo is me attitude, it goes against what they believe so it must be wrong. I don't like that attitude and never will. That is why they will never have my support. When they start accepting my beliefs then they may have support but until then I could care less.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Clearly the SLCPD has shown bias and bigotry in not allowing this officer to follow his religious conscience. I hope this turns into a law suit that religious conscience prevails. I don't think anyone should be forced to participate in this thing in a way that tends to imply endorsement. I'm disgusted with the Salt Laker Police Department.

American Fork, UT

It is denial and bigotry towards 'traditional christian values' And it's about time this started to happen. The liberal left and gay movement, if there is such a thing, need to be a part of the elimination of the special position religion has proclaimed itself to have in our society. It just religion. It's not fact or reality.

Wilf 55

Never, at any time, should someone evoke "religious conviction" to express dislike of other people because of their race, nationality, or gender orientation. It is unacceptable discrimination.

It's even worse when this dislike is expressed by someone who at all times should be willing to serve and protect any person. It doesn't matter what the detail of this police officer's assignment was. He expressed his dislike of a certain class of people and proved himself unfit for his duty.

Ogden, UT

This guy was "uncomfortable" riding ahead of (not participating in) a parade to make sure the streets were clear of traffic and pedestrians. That is NOT what Salt Lake City needs its police police force. His job was to protect and defend everyone, not just those with whom he has some sort of connection.

Ticonderoga, NY

Maybe I missed something? Nowhere in the story printed here did it say the offices refused the assignment. It said he ASKED for a different assignment in the parade that day. It did not say that he refused anything.

Clearfield, UT

I just lost all respect I had for the SLPD and Chief Burbank.

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY

Complete lack of professionalism. Poor baby. He didn't feel "comfortable."

So? Because he didn't feel comfortable, he wants someone else on the force to do that assignment instead of him? How's that fair to his colleagues? Where's so Christian about that? Asking someone else to do what you wouldn't do is hardly being brave, fair, or neighborly. If it's good enough for your fellow officer to do, then it's good enough for you to do. Or would you rather that someone else be "uncomfortable" instead of you?

And what are his superior officers supposed to do? Maybe they don't like the parade, either, and didn't like having to choose officers to be assigned to it. But, they did their job, and he should have done his instead of whining and kvetching. NYPD officers call it "The Job," and it's a higher calling than any individual officer. Very few of the thousands of officers who stand in the sun for hours to guard NYC's huge Pride parade from being shot up or bombed by RWNJs are gay themselves, but their commitment to public safety and The Job comes first.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Burbank himself has set an expectation by marching in the parade. Such behavior has no relation to protecting the citizens. It is a PR event and as such should not be required of officers.
Crowd control IS a police duty; traffic control is a police duty; monitoring the crowd for illegal activity is a police duty; synchronized motorcycle riding is not.
An officer cannot be compelled to "perform" in a parade.
This publicity stunt to show that the SLCPD is non-discriminatory will cost the taxpayers dearly.

Provo, ut

"We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments," Jones said Friday.
Apparently toleration is a one way street in our PC world. I thought that was the whole point of the parade?

Provo, UT

I know of no religion that imposes penalties on its members for being civil to homosexuals, and certainly no religion that considers it a sin to be around LGBT people, much less to perform your professional duties of public safety.

Jesus ate, drank, and hung out with all kinds of "sinners", and was heavily criticized for it.

Did He "feel uncomfortable"? If so, there is no record of it. He seems to have felt much more uncomfortable among the Pharisees, Sadduccees, and scribes who were so hyper-zealous that they forgot to be humane.

Did this (former) officer think himself above his Master?

one old man
Ogden, UT

It's beyond disgusting that that homosexual community, while demanding respect for themselves, completely fail to respect the beliefs and feelings of others.

It is this kind of bullying that makes others fear the day when a minister will be forced to perform homosexual "marriages" no matter what his or her conscience says about the matter.

What a fine message: "You WILL respect us -- OR ELSE!"

I, for one, find it much easier to respect people who are not trying to force me to respect them. How many people are simply remaining silent now and are allowing themselves to be bullied into silence even though they may disagree with the homosexual agenda of total acceptance of their lifestyle?

I'm willing to bet that this comment will be denied by DN's censors. Further proof of the bullying.

Martin Handcart Descendant
Azusa, CA

It is very sad that this story would even make the news, let alone generate so much controversy. We all have things that make us uncomfortable - speaking in public, heights, standing on ledges, swimming, flying, etc., etc., etc. It is a very, very poor leader who will force someone to do something that makes them uncomfortable when there are plenty of others who are ready, willing, and able to fulfill the assignment. Jones is the one who is in need of counseling and much more leadership training. Volunteers should have been asked for if anyone felt uncomfortable. I would have been happy to have accepted that assignment or for one protecting the President - any President. It would have been an honor for me.

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