It took some doing but the truth seems to finally be falling into place.
The CMPD Chaplain Unit has functioned autonomously within the Charlotte Police Department since its founding. All members are un-paid non sworn volunteers who provide comfort, counseling and spiritual guidance to CMPD officers and victims of crime.
The unit has included members of every religion, sex, race and sexual orientation for a number of years. The Rev. Frances Cook has been a member of the unit for some time and she has openly ministered to Charlotte’s LGBT community for as long as anyone can remember.
CMPD Chaplain Fran Cook
Other members of the Chaplains Unit come from a broad range of religions, beliefs and guiding principles.
Rev. Floretta Watkins is an extreme left and radical pastor with The Siegel Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood. Pastor Watkins is well known as an outspoken minister who promotes acceptance of homosexuality and disregard for the bible’s literal interpretations regarding that subject.
Rev. Floretta Watkins
(How extreme is Pastor Watkins? Cedar Posts has dug up a video interview from the Public Access Cable Channel 21 show "The Soap Box Reel Talk for Reel People". The original video has since been removed from the show's web site. However the video has resurfaced here. The video has a graphic offensive contact warning so you have been forewarned. Cedar's Thoughts: The video is extremely painful to watch but doesn't get crazy until she starts talking about voodoo.)
At some point during the summer Rev Watkins applied to join CMPD’s Chaplain Unit.
Up until now the CMPD directives stated that “Chaplains are appointed by the Chief of Police and must be recommended by an active senior chaplain”. Additionally they must, satisfactorily complete a thorough background investigation (including driving record and history, criminal records, drug testing).
According to more than one source Rev. Watkins was, at least on paper, more than qualified. However, “she interviewed horribly for the position. Her role as an activist also concerned the chaplain unit deeply. They felt she would not be serving as a chaplain out of a desire to help the officers, but instead would use it as a platform for her activism. She also could not or would not tell the chaplains what her spiritual beliefs were, when she was specifically asked".
It was also noted that she was unprofessional in her interview as well. Ultimately the chaplains were not comfortable with bringing her aboard and rejected her application. Accordingly the senior chaplain refused to submit her name to Chief Monroe for approval.
At this point the consensus is that Chief Monroe stepped in.
In a statement released last week CMPD officials stated: “The Volunteer Coordinator Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department “now” has the responsibility of vetting all of the department’s volunteers, including those interested in serving as chaplains. The screening and selection process for our volunteer chaplains rests with the Volunteer Coordinator Unit and Major John Diggs”
The press release went on to say: “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe is not part of the selection process for our volunteer chaplains….”
If the cloudy facts are correct, in other words the chaplains rejected Rev. Watkins by some reports unanimously and refused to submit her name to Chief Monroe. They did so based on the CMPD directives and felt they were within their rights to do so. Chief Monroe didn’t like that, changed the game and re-wrote the rules to suit his needs.
As one recent comment on this blog said: "There are NO universal DIRECTIVES anymore....no one knows what is going on. People can't look to a directive to guide them, to make an impartial decision. It has all become personal with Rodney, his own little game book with his own little rules. Which, by the way, change on his whim. There are no impartial decisions with Rodney, all of his decisions are simply personal with no thought to qualifications."
So it seems the Chaplain in question resigned after having the rules yanked out from under him and others followed in support. Doing so allowed Chief Monroe to claim diversity of race and sexual orientation, and allowed the Chief to distance himself from the sudden melee by stating he wasn’t involved.
The point that Chief Monroe re-wrote the rules to force the Chaplain Unit to accept Pastor Floretta Watkins a known lesbian seems lost at the "Local Paper's" editorial board. The most recent latest comment is here.
Finally on a troubling note, that last paragraph of the assumed CMPD Memo addressed to FOX News reads:
"Lastly, we would like to emphasize that the unofficial blog site, which was quoted in your story, is not a credible source of information. The information published on this site is not fact based. As a blog, the users and subscribers can write anything they wish, regardless of validity. It is our hope that a responsible and ethical news organization would examine all of their sources before publishing a story. The fact is, the citizens of Charlotte deserve to receive accurate facts and information, especially as it relates to the law enforcement agency that serves them."
So there you have it the official word from Rodney Monroe is this Blog is BS!