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Judge Rules University Can Fire Employee for Anti-Gay Article

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Feb 9, 2012

A former human resources employee at the University of Toledo filed a lawsuit against the college because she was fired for writing an anti-gay article that criticized gay rights. A federal court judge, however, threw out her case, the Toledo Blade reported.

In late 2008, Crystal Dixon filed a complaint against the school alleging that it violated her First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights but U.S. District Judge David Katz dismissed and closed her case.

"The balance of [Dixon's] interest in making a comment of public concern is clearly outweighed by the University's interest as her employer in carrying out its own objectives," the judge wrote in an opinion. "Therefore, [Dixon] has failed to establish that her speech was protected. [Dixon] also claims that she was fired for violating an impermissibly vague speech policy. However, the damage she did to her ability to perform her job and to the University provide ample justification for her termination."

In May 2008, Dixon was fired by the college due to its concern about an article she wrote for the Toledo Free Press that said gays and lesbians have no claim to the civil rights movement, EDGE reported. Dixon wrote in the column, "Gay Rights and Wrongs: Another Perspective," that she took "great umbrage" that people "choosing the homosexual lifestyle" could be seen as "civil rights victims."

"I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman," she wrote. "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."

Dixon claimed that she was let go for her "private political speech" and that other members of the university had written for local publications but were not punished.

"The University of Toledo is committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors, regardless of race, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability," the University of Toledo's president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs said in a statement.

A New Jersey high school was involved in a similar incident when school board officials from the Union Township, N.J., school district recently started the firing process against high school English teacher Viki Knox for allegedly posting anti-gay comments on Facebook, EDGElink||EDGE>.

"Every student, no matter what race, creed color or sexual orientation ought to be able to come to school and feel comfortable in a learning environment that's welcoming and nurturing," Ray Perkins, the school board president, said. Knox's comments compared gays to cancer and said that homosexuality is a "perverted sin."

"Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?" Knox allegedly wrote. "I DO NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE ANYTHING OTHERS WISH TO DO. I DO HAVE TO LOVE AND SPEAK AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT!"

In late December the school board officially filed tenure charges against Knox.


  • Norm, 2012-02-09 19:06:01

    a female black bigot-so sad-well, sometimes people need to be forced to learn-firing her will hopefully, god willing, teach her a lesson-hate speech is protected, but will not go unpunished. God saw fit to punish this hateful bittcch-too bad, so sad....

  • puck, 2012-02-09 19:53:10

    She really could use some gay friends. Her make-up looks more like someone biotch slapped her!!! That is make-up, right? LOL

  • , 2012-02-10 06:36:49

    @puck: I know right! Dam! Haha And look at her eyes! They scream hate and anger. Not to mention she’s got her nose stuck so far up she’s probably getting altitude sickness. This women has poor etiquette. Etiquette is not about being superior to others its about grace. Which she clearly lacks. To be honest I feel bad for her it must be lonely being that anger all the time.

  • , 2012-02-10 11:27:29

    Ur so right puck! Damn

  • , 2012-02-29 03:05:04

    From the desk of this African American Gay male of a certain age, I am more than happy to comment on the alleged comparisons to be made in regards to today’s wholly specious "GAY civil rights" versus "BLACK civil rights" question: I contend, that nothing insults OUR American Civil Rights history more than some of these extraordinarily pompous Afrikan Amerikkkan bigots (YES, *BIGOTS*), proclaiming some sort of civil rights victim-hood and actionable social "superiority", while vacantly invoking personal civil rights affronts that they themselves have never and will never face IN THEIR LIFETIME, just so they can say Black civil rights are somehow "better" and "more righteous" than the rights of innocent Gays and Lesbian Americans. Gays of all races -even African American ones like me- face discrimination on a DAILY BASIS IN THI...S CENTURY with the help of some "churches" and the blessings of a derelict and activist court system that - until very recently- routinely decided that law-abiding Gay people were only 3/5 American, "because the H8ers behind all this constant discrimination - IN THIS CENTURY - think us Gay people are too *icky* to share the country with, and therefore routinely conspire to change or subvert Constitutional "Law"-making, simply to codify our 3/5 status as citizens, whenever possible. It’s their "religious tradition", they’ll moan with all the their pious might. That was allowed to go on until such "traditions" were deemed uncivil and horrifically unconstitutional, since outright violence -just because- is no longer endorsed by anyone who matters. SEEMS TO ME... The last time such unlawful discrimination ROUTINELY happened to African American people as a disfavored civil group, wasn’t even within the last half-century! But alas, we still hear the moans of these arrogant black "xtian" poseurs who seem to have no shame piggy-backing on the strife of our ancestors, simply to smack ONLY the "icky" gay people down ("so Gays will know and understand that sometimes, one’s rightful place" is that of being branded by law, as "unequal" and "less than". Heaven forbid having to share any fountains or bus seats with "The Gays", right...? Anyone thinking that way can go str8 to Hell. Simple as that.

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