Remember Frank Turek? He co-wrote “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist” with Norman Geisler. Frank is now apparently being persecuted by CISCO Systems. We were alerted to this persecution by Kerby Anderson from Point of View. Here is the email from Kerby:
You will probably remember Frank Turek from the interview I did with him on his book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” or one of the many other interviews we have done with him on apologetics topics.
Frank was hired by Cisco Systems to design and conduct a leadership and team building program for about fifty managers. The sessions went so well that he was asked to do additional sessions for even larger groups of managers.
Earlier this year, after the seventh in the latest series of sessions, one of the managers in that session complained, not about the content of the session, he commented that the course was “excellent.” He complained about Frank’s religious views, even though they were never mentioned in the class. The complaining manager “Googled” Dr. Turek after the class was over. He discovered he had written a book titled, “Correct, Not Politically Correct – How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone.”
The manager identified himself as gay and explained that he was upset about the title of the book (he never actually read the book) and felt that this view was inconsistent with the values of Cisco Systems. In response to the complaint, an HR professional at Cisco had Frank fired the same day without ever speaking to him about the situation. The HR professional even commended the manager for “outing” Frank for his views.
It is bad enough that a person would be fired for sharing their traditional values with others at work, but to have those views and keep them to yourself and still be fired just for having them is totally outrageous.
Today, I am asking you to support Frank, as well as the basic freedom of religion for all of us, by contacting the president of Cisco Systems to ask him to reinstate Frank and take appropriate action against the individual responsible for his firing. You can do this very easily by clicking the button above to use our automated system to send an email to Cisco Systems CEO, John Chambers.
It is important to make a stand when our rights are challenged. If we are unwilling to defend our rights we are certain to lose them.
Sincerely in Christ,
Kerby Anderson, Host
Point of View
Assuming all the facts above are correct, this is an appalling case of ugly anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination by an intolerant gay and an intolerant large US company. Given the “gay” populations is about 1% (yes, they lie and claim 10%, but this is incorrect), it is incredible that they can lever a large company to behave like this. What percentage is the USA Christian population by comparison? And are they all asleep?
Here is my letter to CISCO…
I fully concur with the message below, but would add the following…
We all remember the names of companies who behave like this. Yours is now added to my list… remember Siemens and the Nazis in WWII? Remember CISCO and Frank Turek…
I buy wireless routers now and again, but Cisco is now off my list of possibilities. Since CISCO also own Linksys, whose routers I have bought in the past, these are also now off my list of future routers.
Form letter section:
I am writing today to express my outrage at learning that your company fired Dr. Frank Turek for his religious beliefs, even though those beliefs were never shared during the leadership and team building program he was hired to present. The idea that a person could be fired because someone complained about his or her personal beliefs after searching for the information on the Internet is outrageous. I urge you to do the right thing and reinstate Dr. Turek and take appropriate action against the individual responsible for his wrongful firing.
See also Erwin Lutzer’s book: