Appeals court upholds firing of woman for expressing religious beliefs

Crystal Dixon was fired from her position in Human Resources at the University of Toledo in 2008 for expressing her personal religious beliefs in a local newspaper, and a panel of the 6th Court of Appeals recently upheld the firing.  Dixon had read an opinion piece in the paper equating “gay rights” with the civil rights movement.  Dixon, an African-American and Christian, disagreed with the editorial and wrote a letter to the editor in response.  She wrote:

I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifesetyle 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 evidenced by the growing population of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex Gays) and Exodus International just to name a few.


The University fired her for expressing these beliefs.  She did not criticize the University’s diversity policy and did not represent herself as a University official.  The University president wrote:

…her comments do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo.

Her attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have asked the court for a rehearing in front of the full court.  

Tolerance applies only to one side of the debate.

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