Judge rules against Pentecostal man fired for anointing office with oily crosses
Eric Cheeley, a devout Pentecostal Christian who sued the city of Miami for religious discrimination after he was fired from the capital improvements department for anointing the office with oily crosses because he wanted to "just bless the department" had his claim denied by a federal judge last month.
According to the Miami New Times, two years ago Cheeley arrived at his job at the capital improvements department at around 6 a.m. and began his ritual morning Bible reading at his desk when he felt an unction from the Lord.
"[I] was sitting in my cubicle crying; I thought I heard what, in my opinion, God telling me: 'Look, just bless the department ... and go on about your business,'" Cheeley, who also sued for back pay and attorneys' fees, told police.
His colleagues, however, did not see his actions as a blessing.
Facts cited in a copy of the lawsuit say city employees called police to report that someone had vandalized their office, applying an oily substance, mostly in the shape of crosses, all over the CIP department's walls, doorways, and cubicles.
The investigation forced a shutdown of the entire department. The Miami New Times said employees called the police because they feared the crosses were some sort of workplace threat. One employee thought the crosses represented Santería — a religion that focuses on building relationships between human beings and powerful, but mortal, spirits, called Orishas. Cheeley, who was already out in the field working when his colleagues arrived, had no idea what was going on when his colleagues got scared at his handiwork.
When he eventually heard about the police investigation, Cheeley took responsibility and told his supervisor, Mark Spanioli, that he had anointed certain areas of the office with a special oil to "just bless the department."
There are many facets of long term fiscal policy planning going to be required to ensure the financial viability of the city well into the future. Planning requiring the best minds from within the areas of economics, municipal finance, accounting and engineering in order to ensure there will be continued funding to pay for the ever ending quest to acquire more and more parks and open spaces. Parks that the city really does not even have the money to properly water and maintain!
The long term goals of the Broadmoor- Developer - and Colorado Springs Forward are not necessarily those in the best interest of the community.
The city, having close to 2B in needs with no revenue stream to fund them- due to policies crafted by the Development Community needs clear-thinking and independent individuals working on long term means to deal with the fact that the local population is growing far faster than are revenues.
Having people as Mrs Gaebler in elected office, who will unfailingly fall in line with whatever is proposed by the CSF-DVLPR community, is not the level of objective and clear-headed thinking I believe is called for.
Parks are important - but not the be-all, end-all of community needs. Mrs. Gaebler, voting against this one issue, is not the basis upon I would wish to evaluate her as to her ability as a serious thinker able to deal with the fiscal policies for the future. I personally do not feel she is what is needed on council.
While there is room on the sidelines for easily flustered cheerleaders, a strong quarterback and powerful offensive line on the field is what puts points on the board.
The judge has it wrong: the protest was on a public sidewalk, most definitely a public forum, and it was protesting a public policy, which is political by nature, so First Amendment trumps.
Still the wrong approach. Beefing up patrols means zero except increasing fuel costs and writing more traffic tickets.
The better way is to keep them in the station house and respond like the Fire Department. It's just as fast, maybe even faster.
Just vote NO. D-11's solution of centralization won't work as that kind of solution never does. They spend too much on overhead and administration and that's why they're short of funds.
It's hard loving in another state but knowing Jesse and who he really is. This 80 year old man first should have had his gun in a holster no out and about. Second if you seen him walk toward your car or have confirmation with you why didn't Rodgers just leave or pull off. Thirdly how come he lied and said he didn't know him but yet did and had conflicts with Jesse before. This man is getting away with a lot. So what if his daughter is sleeping or married to the DA, there should always be a fair trial. My question is, if this was a black man who shot a young white man would the case be thrown out too? No. So where's the justice. We will keep fighting for Jesse's Justice until we get what we deserve which is putting this 80 year old man in prison.
It would be useful if a date for the Denver debate was listed.
If the Post is smart, they'll invite Lily Tang Williams instead.
Jennie Willford: You might want to try a political party that doesn't exploit gender for political purposes and instead focuses on true equality. You won't find that in the Democrats.
Please recall that Jill Gaebler was one of the three to vote against the land swap.
No, the Gazette would not have started competing publications, HazyHurts. They can't afford Wayne-o's munchies habit now as is, and they simply don't have neighborhood beats anymore, because in their minds, it doesn't matter.
The purchase was simply to buy them up and shut them down and continue to try to control everything else that's not the Indy in print media in the area.
Don't forget Jack is a retired officer and has family in the colorado springs police department. Office Rogers is also dating his daughter and had possession of the video first ....
So, evidently this law is no longer being enforced? Recently, we were cycling along Cascade, past the downtown library, and I noticed several people lying on the sidewalk in front of the library.
Please take note that national media is covering the Broadmoor Land Swap/Strawberry Fields story, in spite of the fact that the mayor and city council are simply trying to sweep it under the rug. It won't be gotten rid of that easily.
The Wall Street Journal article which ran this past Saturday (September 10, 2016) is here:
To end the decades long presence of Norwood-Broadmoor as the true executive branch of city government:
Vote out Suthers if he runs again.
Solves two problems: Suthers and Greene
Vote out Gaebler as the strongest toadie on council
(Bennett is termed out)
Vote against any candidate supported by:
RBA or CSF or HBA.
Vote against Sallie Clark should she decide to run.
Vote for Independents all the way
City council illegal land grab all the way. This should disgust every true American.
I hope the federal judge is not paid off and does what should be done and cancel this
horrendous robbery. This is one of the nicest ares in town, what a total joke. They will be profiting big time if it goes through. Side deal pay-offs with no public vote. The 6 city council members should be disgusted with themselves. Total knuckleheads.
That was not the reason for the 'strong mayor;' it was so that we the people could hold an elected official directly accountable. Seems to be working . . .
There may be a simple explanation for the 'Quiet Zone' on the Strawberry Patch:
A) It is a highly contentious matter the public did not wholly approve of. B) If Bill Louis is involved in legal action; he out brain-cells any in local government and would not tie his name to a measure he thought he would lose. C) The six 'numbered' council members are up for re-election in the next municipal election. D) Colorado Springs Forward wants all six out of office and replaced with their hand-picked members who will jump when they snap their fingers behalf of the Broadmoor-Builder-Developer Cadre. Particularly members on council who will follow orders when it comes to selling off the electric division of city utilities.
The electeds do not want to see this matter mentioned again as it may wind up a loss when all the lawsuits make it through court.
When you are looking for votes and campaign money, it is best not to stir up a hornet's nest.
Plus, there are those who think southern Colorado would benefit with John Suthers in the Governor's chair. He, too, needs no angry hornets.
And - - the Broadmoor may yet have their sights on taking over ownership of Pikes Peak so they can have a 'boutique mountain' for their guest to enjoy!
Therfore: keep quiet and do not agitate the restless natives! They vote!
- - - which is why almost a million dollars was spent to craft the excellently run campaign to move over to a 'strong mayor' form of government! Now they have their own 'in-house' street pimps to push the agenda forward more expeditiously through Colorado Springs Forward headed by Amy Lathen! Jeff Greene and Amy Lathen - all that is needed now is for Sallie Clark to run for council!
One thing our mayor has not been is "transparent" in any of his wheeling and dealing. He has managed to get Council and the political activists he agrees with to quietly and behind closed doors make deals that are not in the best interests of this community. I am waiting for his eventual run for governor which is when he will proclaim how he single handedly "reformed Colorado Springs government." I hope the voting public is shrewd enough to see through his one-sided agenda.
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