If Christian teachings are to have any value, they must be applied in all areas of a believer's life, including the workplace. If Vernon believes "men are superior to women" and "homosexuals have a 'corrosive' influence upon their fellow employees," then he has a sacred obligation to implement these beliefs.
On the other hand, Vernon's apparent application of these "values" at Parker Center are outrageous and hypocritical. How can he denigrate a whole class of people, and still have time to defend police use of computers for political campaigns? How can he characterize the lives of tens of thousands of citizens as "corrosive" when none of them have been videotaped committing crimes of violence in the streets? Gays and lesbians, "closeted" or otherwise, have proven again and again their competence and integrity as officers.
JOHN D. POSTON