University Official Canned For Anti-Gay Column
On April 18th, University of Toledo vice president of human resources Crystal Dixon penned an opinion piece in the Toledo Free Press in which she said:
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 evidenced by the growing population of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex Gays) and Exodus International just to name a few. Frequently, the individuals report that the impetus to their change of heart and lifestyle was a transformative experience with God; a realization that their choice of same-sex practices wreaked havoc in their psychological and physical lives.On Friday Dixon was fired from her job, much to the outcry of her supporters who claim that Dixon's right to free speech has been violated. Dixon claims that she was speaking as a private citizen, even though she referenced the school in her column.
A commenter on Pam's House Blend says:
I just watched Ms. Dixon on local television. Very interesting. She most certainly does NOT need education on lgbt issues. Ms. Dixon felt a "Divine Mandate" to write the column she wrote in the Toledo Free Press. She says she wrote it as a private citizen, in no way as a representative of the university. That certainly appears to be true.Opinions?
She has worked in Human Resources for 23 years. She has hired both straight and gay people. The university could find no instance of her being prejudiced against glbt people on the job! That is significant. She has a good legal team and is suing on three bases: Freedom of speech, religious prejudice, and racial prejudice! Wish I could get a hold of that law suit ... should be fascinating reading.
She is receiving "hold on and stand tall" emails from all over the USA and Iceland. Emails in the 1,000's. This woman has no intention of backing down, learning about lgbt people, or changing her mind. She has God on her side.
What the case will rest on is the appearance of impropriety and prejudice in the University and the appearance that she will not uphold the University's values. It certainly appears that she will not uphold the University's values ... she wrote so. We'll see what the Court will say.