ADF attorneys available to media after hearing over Minneapolis' firing of Christian doctor

City of Minneapolis fires psychologist after learning of affiliation with pro-family organization
Thursday, March 12, 2009

WHO:  ADF Litigation Counsel Jim Campbell and ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum
WHAT:  Available for media interviews following hearing in Campion v. City of Minneapolis
WHEN:  Friday, March 13, immediately following hearing, which begins at 2 p.m. CDT
WHERE:  U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 300 S. 4th St., 202 U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 12W, Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Alliance Defense Fund Litigation Counsel Jim Campbell and ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum will be available for media interviews Friday following Campbell's oral arguments in favor of a Christian doctor terminated by the city of Minneapolis for having ties to a pro-family organization.

"The government shouldn't penalize Christian contractors for their beliefs," said Campbell.  "When the city of Minneapolis terminated their relationship with this doctor for no reason other than his affiliation with a pro-family group, it clearly violated his constitutional rights."

ADF attorneys filed the lawsuit Campion v. City of Minneapolis in September 2007.  The city "suspended" Dr. Michael Campion, a psychologist who performed employment testing for the city, shortly after city officials learned of his affiliation with a conservative Christian organization, the Illinois Family Institute.

The city hired an independent psychological testing company to evaluate Campion in July 2006.  Although the results showed no evidence that his work was flawed or biased, the city disregarded the analysis and terminated its relationship with Campion.  His subsequent bid for the city's psychological testing work was denied in favor of a less-experienced and more expensive contractor, even though the psychological testing company assessed him as performing beyond expectation and as being "clearly an expert in this line of work."

"Officials for the city of Minneapolis should base their contracting decisions on experience and qualifications, not on their disagreement with pro-family beliefs," said Raum.  "Terminating their relationship with Dr. Campion despite his tried and proven track record was completely unjustifiable."

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.  Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.