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Nashville Paramedic Suspended for Anti-Gay Postings

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2011

A twenty-year veteran paramedic for the Nashville Fire Department was suspended after making anti-gay comments on his own Facebook page, as well as on the Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services’ web page. Paramedic Keven Kennedy wrote that homosexuality was a perversion and that two gay EMS workers should “crawl back into the closet.” According to The Tennessean:

“We have a diverse group of employees in the fire department who respond to the needs of a diverse community,” (Deputy Chief Kim) Lawson said. “This disrupts the order of discipline. We have an important job. These actions in no way are tolerated.”

Kennedy, who lives in Shelbyville, had no prior disciplinary record and earned “acceptable” performance evaluations over his career with the department, said Robin Brown, Metro Human Resources spokeswoman.

He will be required to pay for and show proof of his participation in an anger management program and diversity training before he returns to work, Lawson said. Before the suspension, Kennedy was charged with five counts of misconduct, including participation in a pattern of harassment toward a Metro employee and using threat of violence or intimidation toward others, according to his charge sheet.

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Hyhybt
September 21st, 2011 | LINK

If it had been only on his own Facebook and speaking generally, that would be different… but on his employer’s site, and on top of that going after specific coworkers?

elaygee
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

[Timothy: Unbased and bigoted presumption removed]

Christopher
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Typical of someone from Shelbyville. That’s why I stay in Springfield… Ogdenville and North Haverbrook are still down for the count…

Eric
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

He looks too obese to be a fireman. Don’t you have to be physically fit?

justme
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Christopher, that made my morning.

Eric, exactly how obese does the average fire department require their employees to be?

Thank fictional god for social media. These morons can’t help but expose themselves. It makes weeding them out of the workplace much easier.

Roa
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

The statement by Deputy Chief Kim Lawson: “We have a diverse group of employees in the fire department who respond to the needs of a diverse community…” sums it up for me. Can you imagine a racist showing up to help an ethnic minority? We’re all entitled to our opinions but the thought of this sort of bigot showing up to help me in my time of need makes me agree with the Fire Department.

Regan DuCasse
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Wonder if the ADF or whoever will get wind of this and try to make him out to be a “first responder hero who is being persecuted for his deeply held beliefs.”

We of course understand the gravity of someone like this embarrassing their agency, to say nothing of perhaps endangering the public he has such disdain for.
Can’t be having that.
He’s lucky he only has to endure a disciplinary action. Perhaps the agency doesn’t have enough skilled personnel around not to be able to fire his ass.

By his record, he sounds like someone who is a liability already.

ralph
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

“We’re all entitled to our opinions but the thought of this sort of bigot showing up to help me in my time of need makes me agree with the Fire Department.”

So it’s not that he wouldn’t help you, but that you wouldn’t accept his life-saving efforts because he’s a “bigot”. If he’s a “bigot” he can’t do his job, despite the fact that he’s done it for twenty years.

And finally, the compare this to race, which is just STUPID. Skin color is not comparable to sexual BEHAVIOR. Even you admit that there’s a difference between orientation and sexual behavior.

Maybe we need to start firing some of the anti-Christian bigots who post here. Find out where you work and have you terminated. I don’t think you can do your jobs with that kind of hate in your heart.

Oh, and here’s another one. Child suspended from school for saying that homosexuality is wrong. It’s just another one of those things that Burroway and Kincaid say (a) can’t happen in the United States because we have a first amendement, and (b) never happens anyway. They’re full of crap on both points.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/high-school-school-punishes-student-for-saying-homosexuality-is-wrong/

You are not “tolerant”. You can do what you wish in the “privacy of your own bedroom” but NO ONE HAS TO APPROVE OF IT. They can disapprove vocally.

Canadian style kangaroo court “human rights” tribunals are coming. Speech codes like those in Europe are already here. We’ll get there incrementally, Burroway and Kincaid assuring us each step of the way that we aren’t headed in the direction that any fool can see we’re going.

Priya Lynn
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Ralph said “And finally, the compare this to race, which is just STUPID. Skin color is not comparable to sexual BEHAVIOR.”.

Ralph, gays and lesbians are oppressed regardless of their behavior, they’re oppressed simply because they have same sex attractions. It is no different than race, in both situations people are victimized for harmless features of who they are. If you think its wrong to discriminate against someone on the basis of race its just as wrong to do it on the basis of sexual orientation.

Priya Lynn
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

And Ralph, as far as your bigoted school child hero goes, he would have the same right to say black people are inferior and he’d be reprimanded for that in exactly the same way as he should be. Its no sacrifice for a student to refrain from denegrating others, denegrating others isn’t important to his self esteem or central to his pursuit of happiness.

Erin
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

To add to what Priya Lynn said about Ralph’s ridiculous point about the school student, he demonstrated his ignorance when he claimed children in a school setting have a first amendment right to say whatever they want in school. Wrong. That’s such a pet peeve of mine. “No one can discipline me at school or fire me from a job for saying something! First amendment bitches!” The first amendment has to do with protecting citizens from punishment under the law for their speech. Examples of such punishments are fines, arrests, and lawsuits. This does not cover what you say within an institution such as a school or a workplace. Correct your ignorance please. The paramedic who was suspended did not make nasty comments because he witnessed gay behavior. He made nasty comments about gay people and you know it, Ralph. Also, anyone who regularly reads this site knows most commenters and Timothy Kincaid are far from “anti-Christian.” The paramedic said nothing about religion. We are against people who say hateful things about gays. Some of them use religion as an excuse, some do not. Basically Ralph, you’ve said nothing of merit; Absolutely nothing that could even remotely resemble a valid counter-argument. Gay people exist and are just as human as anyone else. Sometimes they have relationships like other human beings. Grow up and deal with it.

Timothy Kincaid
September 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Ralph,

Maybe we need to start firing some of the anti-Christian bigots who post here. Find out where you work and have you terminated. I don’t think you can do your jobs with that kind of hate in your heart.

Anti-Christian bigots don’t post at Box Turtle Bulletin. It isn’t allowed. In fact, some here would tell you that I err far on the side of Christians when removing offensive comments.

But you, Ralph, just assume that bigotry is part of the package. Because you defend, support, and endorse bigotry, you assume that everyone else does the same.

But no, Ralph, my standards are far far higher than yours. My Christianity disallows hatred and bigotry – even if yours doesn’t.

Oh, and here’s another one. Child suspended from school for saying that homosexuality is wrong. It’s just another one of those things that Burroway and Kincaid say (a) can’t happen in the United States because we have a first amendement, and (b) never happens anyway. They’re full of crap on both points.

I find it fascinating to read what I “say”, especially when I’ve never said it.

I wonder, Ralph, do you own a Bible. Or, if not, have you ever heard of the ten commandments? One of them forbids bearing false witness.

Ya know, like telling people that I’ve said something that I’ve never said. And then announcing that I’m full of crap for saying the thing I never said.

Don’t worry Ralph, both God and I will forgive you once you’ve demonstrated true repentance.

I’ll be right here waiting.

Erin
September 24th, 2011 | LINK

Timothy, looks like he’s the typical troll that says stupid things and then bolts. He won’t stick around for the debate because he knows his argument tactics are dishonest and people here are intelligent and will tear them apart.

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