Family Research Council

Holy Toledo! UT Fights Wrongful Termination Suit


By Tony Perkins
October 18, 2013

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The University of Toledo may teach students to think for themselves, but they certainly don't approve of employees who do. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. When a Toledo newspaper compared the struggles of homosexuals to African Americans, UT faculty member Crystal Dixon was offended. That week, she asked the local paper to print her response. "I take great umbrage," she wrote, "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." Her comments, which she published as a private citizen, outraged college officials so much they fired her! Five years later, Dixon is in court, suing for viewpoint discrimination. Even in a politically correct world, UT can't terminate someone for having an opinion they don't like. ADF attorney David Hacker said, "Government officials [can't] rob public employees of their... freedom of speech outside of work on a non-work-related matter." After all, universities are the place to exchange ideas--not silence them.

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