In 2008, the Toledo Free Press compared homosexual activists to African-American activists.
Crystal Dixon, an African-American and practicing Christian, objected to this comparison and submitted her own opinion:
““I respectfully submit a different perspective for [the author of the original op-ed] and Toledo Free Press readers to consider . … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims. As a Black woman … 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.”
She signed only her name and made no mention of her position on the staff of the University of Toledo.
Shortly after her piece appeared, Dixon was fired. The letter notifying her said the reason was “the public position you have taken in the Toledo Free Press” which was contrary to the university’s official political position regarding “diversity.”
She sued. And lost, despite evidence presented that other employees had publicly expressed personal opinions and viewpoints about various political and social issues in the local newspapers without any adverse consequences.
For example, in 2007, the vice provost of the University, Carol Bresnahan, was identified by her official univesity position and quoted in the Toledo Blade saying, “[B]igotry is to blame for those who oppose the [domestic-partner registry] law. It’s their religious beliefs, and bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry.”
Despite the alleged emphasis at the University of Toledo on “tolerance, equality, and diversity”, Bresnahan was never even reprimanded for her bigoted, anti-religious comment, much less fired.
Lloyd Jacobs, head of the university, said there was no inconsistency in his actions in these two cases, because what Bresnahan had said wasn’t “contrary to the university’s value system”, whereas what Dixon had said was.
Her lawyer notes,
“This case only reinforces the fact that the liberal idea of ‘diversity’ is code for the tyranny of political correctness” and that “Anti-Christian bias and bigotry is a hallmark of the ‘diversity’ crusade that is promoted in our universities and other public institutions.”
Dixon’s attorneys are appealing on the basis that the university is demanding it be the final arbiter of what shall and shall not be permitted in matters of personal opinion and free, personal expression.
Will ‘diversity’ beat 1st Amendment in Round 2? by Bob Unruh – Dec 4, 2012