According to the executive vice president of a federal government employees union, displaying support for A&E reality star Phil Robertson should be grounds for dismissal. The local American Federation of Government Employees covers the staff of Florida’s Elgin Air Force Base; and upon noticing two executives at the location put ‘I Support Phil’ stickers on their vehicles, Alan Cooper began a campaign to ruin their careers.
“These two particular individuals have a great amount of influence over individuals who may be gay, who may be African-American,” he told Fox News columnist Todd Starnes; “and we have a concern they should not be in a position to exert that influence when it comes to promotions.”
Robertson was embroiled in controversy after he voiced some Bible-based views regarding sexual immorality last year. When A&E attempted to suspend him from the popular program, an outcry by countless fans across the nation forced the network to reconsider.
Cooper, however, apparently believes that since these two individuals are among Robertson’s fans, they are inherently unfit for their current post.
“I don’t know how long these individuals harbored these views,” he continued, calling the automotive decal “100 percent inappropriate for an organization that espouses a zero-tolerance policy” regarding discrimination.
One of the officials to find his job on the line because of his support of a television star also spoke to Starnes about the situation. He explained that he never intended to cause any offense, insisting he merely wanted to express his views in the same manner he would permit anyone else to express theirs.
“I’m pro-family. I’m pro-life,” he affirmed. “I don’t have a problem with anybody who doesn’t agree with me.”
This internal squabble has become an issue for which he said he will stand firm on his values.
“I’m not taking it off,” he told Starnes. “If they want to make me retire early, that’s what I’ll do. But I’m not backing down.”
He compared the display of his sticker to colleagues who openly support Barack Obama’s policies.
“I disagree with 90 percent of what our Commander in Chief believes in,” he said, noting he would never expect someone to strip a pro-Obama sticker from their car to satisfy him.
Fortunately, for those being attacked, the base has no plans to take any action against the pair.
Another union member, Eli Craft, expressed his disapproval of Cooper’s demands.
“The community we live in is a very faith-based community,” he explained. “For someone to say this individual was offensive and if you support him you can’t manage or lead a diverse workplace – it blew my mind.”
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