Discussion Question

200 words or more

Freedom of speech and religion in the workplace have been constant sources of litigation. This is particularly true in public sector employment, and even more so in law enforcement. On the one hand, the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to say what they want, and practice (or not practice) their religion of choice. However, paramilitary organizations such as law enforcement agencies demonstrate a compelling need to exercise some restraint on what employees can say when in the performance of their duties, and how they can express their religious preferences, such as when they are on duty or wearing a police uniform.

Discuss your views of this tension between constitutional protections of speech and religion and the needs of law enforcement agencies. Recount personal experiences and knowledge, and consider the perspectives of the officer, the employer, and the public in your answer.

Saint Leo core values:

Be sure to integrate one or more Saint Leo core values into your posting.

Excellence
Saint Leo University is an educational enterprise. All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders. The success of our University depends upon a conscientious commitment to our mission, vision, and goals.

Community
Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.

Respect
Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity, and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community’s strength depends on the unity and diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas, and on learning, living, and working harmoniously.

Personal Development
Saint Leo University stresses the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life. All members of the Saint Leo University community must demonstrate their commitment to personal development to help strengthen the character of our community.

Responsible Stewardship
Our Creator blesses us with an abundance of resources. We foster a spirit of service to employ our resources for University and community development. We must be resourceful. We must optimize and apply all of the resources of our community to fulfill Saint Leo University’s mission and goals.

Integrity
The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.

Listen. Learn. Share. Serve. We’ll give you all the tools you need to make a positive impact on the world. Your time here won’t just prepare you for a great career — it will help you become a better person.

 
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