There were a whole bunch of news items in the past two years about how the homosexual and lesbian lobby was trying to push through legislation that would make it a hate crime if any Christian or other churches offered any critique of the homosexual lifestyle choice. There were also an equal number of people who were concerned that such legislation threatened First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion. Then there were a number of naysayers who said that such opposition was nothing more than poltical paranoia.
Well, the situation has gone from paranoia to reality. Crystal Dixon, former associate vice-president of human resources at the University of Toledo was fired because she engaged in her First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech which was further enhanced by the Toledo Free Press exercising the First Amendment right of Freedom of the Press. You see, Ms. Dixon, as a private citizen, wrote an editorial letter to the Toledo Free Press and was subsequently fired for doing so.
Here is the story and what her letter was about. According to the Bulletin of Philadelphia:
|Crystal Dixon, a high-ranking black official at the University of Toledo, was fired in May by the university because she wrote a newspaper commentary expressing her personal Christian views regarding homosexuality.
Ms. Dixon was responding to an opinion article written by Michael Miller, the editor-in-chief of the Toledo Free Press titled, “Gay Rights and Wrongs.” In her private editorial, Ms. Dixon objected to the comparison of “gay rights” with the civil rights struggles of blacks.
“I absolutely respected Mr. Miller’s right to express his opinion while at the same time, I disagreed with several of the points that he made,” said Ms. Dixon on her Web site. “One of the freedoms that makes this country great and makes newspapers great is the privilege of exchanging different points of view via public print communications.”
And Ms. Dixon has every right to express her opposition to the camparison of the gay lobby to civil rights activists.
|“As a black woman … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims,’ ” she wrote in the article. “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.”
Following the article’s appearance, Ms. Dixon was placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation. On May 8, she was dismissed from her job.
“Dismissed from her job.” For what? Being a Christian with a conscience? Exercising First Amendment freedoms?
This case is making something very clear. Radical leftist groups like the gay and lesbian lobby have no concern whatsoever for anyone else’s rights; only their own. They do not care if people like Crystal Dixon are trampled down and spat upon. They seek to limit other people’s freedoms under the guise of enhancing their own.
Gays and lesbians are not looking for rights. They have the same rights under the U.S. Constitution as the rest of us. They are looking for privilige and they want to obtain that privilige by limiting the freedoms of others. If Ms. Dixon loses this fight, how long will it be before someone writing a criticism of the gay and lesbian lifestyle choice is thrown in jail for some perceived “hate crime?” It won’t be long at all, and we will have the first major deterioration of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.
You can access the complete article on-line here:
University Of Toledo Sued For Firing Christian Official
John P. Connolly
December 2, 2008
And you can access Crystal Dixon’s website on-line here:
If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to Crystal Dixon’s legal fund, you may send contributions to:
Grace In Action
Crystal Dixon Defense Fund
2902 Auburn Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: christian, civil rights, Crystal Dixon, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the press, gay, lesbian, Lobby, Michael Miller, Toledo Free Press, University of Toledo |