Earlier this week, Pacific Justice Institute announced that it is representing Boots Hawks, a 20-year retired veteran of the U.S. Army who now works for Dameron Hospital in Stockton. Last week, supervisors ordered Mr. Hawks to stop using “God Bless America” as one of three quotes below his e-mail signature. Mr. Hawks reluctantly complied with the directive but was placed on two days of administrative leave for insubordination after he mentioned that he would seek legal advice.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, stated, “We view the hospital’s response as a retreat from some of their earlier positions, but clearly they have a long way to go toward making this right. We will continue to press for fair and equal treatment of Mr. Hawks’ speech. No one—least of all a veteran—should be censored for fear that someone will be offended by their patriotism.”
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