Austin Fire Department Chaplain Fired for Religious Beliefs Sues City: I Won’t Recant

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For eight years, an Austin Fire Department chaplain responded to calls from firefighters in distress and served those serving the community. However, when Dr. Andrew Fox answered the phone one unsuspecting evening, he learned it would be his last call.

Fox joined “America’s Newsroom” Thursday after her volunteer service with the Austin Fire Department ended due to shared religious beliefs in a personal blog.

Fox wrote that he believed biological males should not be allowed to compete with biological females. When asked by city officials to back down from his statement and apologize, Fox said he apologized to anyone offended, but could not apologize for his faith.

“When I was fired over the phone, I felt an immediate offense there because my First Amendment rights were violated to freedom of speech and freedom of religion in something unrelated to my job. “Fox told host Dana Perino.

OPPOSING BIOLOGICAL MEN IN WOMEN’S SPORTS COSTED ME MY JOB AS AUSTIN FIRE FIGHTER CHAPLAIN, NOW I’M SUITING

Lawmakers listen to parents talk about the prospect of their children competing against transgender girls in school sports at the Utah State Capitol on March 25, 2022 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Samuel Metz, File)
(AP Photo/Samuel Metz, File)

Since his dismissal, Fox has filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin for violation of his constitutional rights, particularly freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

“This is a situation where the City of Austin demanded that Dr. Fox give up his beliefs in order to keep his job,” Fox attorney Ryan Bangert said. “It’s not the job of government institutions to tell Americans how to think, especially outside of work.”

Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his court case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, was argued in Supreme Court on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his court case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, was argued in Supreme Court on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Fox’s story is one of hundreds of Americans facing professional rejection for their personal beliefs. In 2015, Washington high school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for holding post-game prayers.

Kennedy ultimately won his case after the Supreme Court ruled that the school district violated his First Amendment rights.

Fox, who immigrated from England more than two decades ago, argued that incidents of the government trying to suppress First Amendment rights were increasing at a “rapid pace”.

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“When I look back over the past 23 years, I can say that the country I chose to come and live in, raise my family and work in is definitely not the country we live in now,” Fox said. .

“It appears that government entities are punishing individuals for expressing their First Amendment rights.”

Ruth R. Culp