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Univ. Official Fired for Criticizing ‘Gay Lifestyle’

Be careful dear college friends what you say (or write)!

Crystal Dixon, the VP of Human Resources at the University of Toledo was fired for writing a letter to the editor of her local paper. In the letter she criticized the paper for equating gay rights with the civil rights struggle of blacks. On the basis of her religious beliefs, she wrote that she wanted to “respectfully submit a different perspective:”

First, human beings, regardless of their choices in life, are of ultimate value to God and should be viewed the same by others. At the same time, one’s personal choices lead to outcomes either positive or negative.

As a Black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School, an employee and business owner, I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are “civil rights victims.” Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended. Daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle….

Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik endorses U.S. District Judge David Katz’s ruling that Dixon’s “anti-gay statements” were not protected by the First Amendment.

“Plaintiff stated that she did not think homosexuals were civil rights victims,” [Judge Katz] wrote. “Not only does this statement directly contradict the university’s policies granting homosexuals civil rights protections … ,” but… her statements could be viewed as insubordination. Further, Katz noted that the university was reasonable in assuming that Dixon’s statements could cause damage to the institution, by undermining the recruitment of gay employees, or by making current gay employees feel that their rights were not respected.

The Thomas More Law Center, which represented Dixon, criticized Toledo’s “despicable double standard,” pointing to the fact that the University’s vice provost had publicly attacked conservative Christians who opposed domestic partnership laws as “bigots” without being fired for making them feel unwelcome. As evidence of a double standard the Center also noted a “Celebrate Diversity” speech by the UT president that urged his audience to speak out.

“If you have something to say, speak out and speak up. Speak up and never let it be said that people can’t hear you. You are important to this university. You are important to me, I care about you.” Apparently, he did not mean Christians who oppose the homosexual agenda.

Read the full story at Minding the Campus.

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