"Badmouthing Black Woman Willingly, Jacobs Justifies Expelling
Friday, May 23, 2008
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We are shocked to find out that a black woman named Crystal Dixon, an
employee at the University of Toledo was fired from her job because of a
column she wrote in the Toledo Free Press questioning whether
homosexuality is a civil rights issue.
As a citizen of the United States of America, she is covered under the
Constitution of the United States’ Bill of Rights that includes the
First Amendment dealing with Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion.
The University of Toledo had no right to fire her justifiably but they
did, infringing on her free speech and free religious rights. It is
saddening to know that no black civil rights activists such as Rev. Al
Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, etc have come to her rescue. Not even
presidential Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama did not address
Usually when a black person’s rights are violated, there is a frenzy in
the media and we cannot turn a channel without seeing Rev. Al Sharpton
or Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking about the injustice. Where were Rev. Al
Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson, when this black woman’s rights were
Is not Crystal Dixon anymore important than other blacks whose rights
they believe have been violated?
We believe Dixon’s rights are as important and it is a shame that there
has not been an outcry over her firing in the media or among many
University of Toledo should be held responsible for her firing and they
owe her reinstatement and back pay.
We are saddened Black organizations have not come to her rescue,
but glad the Thomas More Law Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based legal-defense
group is representing her as they have filed litigation against the
University of Toledo for their actions.
We are behind Dixon and give her our full support because she was fired
unjustly for expressing her views as a private citizen in the Toledo
Free Press as a response to one of their own columnists.
If anyone can speak on what is a civil rights issue, she can because she
is black and her ancestors have faced injustice after injustice due to
their color and race. Her ancestors had to deal with slavery, the Ku
Klux Klan, the Jim Crow laws, and everything else that was thrown at
them because of their skin color. She knows what is a civil rights issue
and when she wrote homosexuality is not a civil rights issue, she was
speaking from experience of dealing with civil rights.
Dixon wrote, “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.”
Dixon ended her column with, “My final and most important point.
There is a divine order. God created human kind male and female (Genesis
1:27). God created humans with an inalienable right to choose. There are
consequences for each of our choices, including those who violate God's
divine order. It is base human nature to revolt and become indignant
when the world or even God Himself, disagrees with our choice that
violates His divine order. Jesus Christ loves the sinner but hates the
sin (John 8:1-11.) Daily, Jesus Christ is radically transforming the
lives of both straight and gay folks and bringing them into a life of
wholeness: spiritually, psychologically, physically and even
economically. That is the ultimate right.”
She was fired for expressing her views as a guest columnist towards the
paper’s editor who supported homosexuality being a civil rights issue.
She is absolutely right in that she cannot get up the next day and have
her color changed but she knows of people who have been homosexual and
have had a transformative change for the better.
Greg Quinlan, a former homosexual who now serves as the president of the
Ohio Pro-Family network said, “Today, if you speak out against
homosexuality on a college campus, you are considered a criminal. I have
been out of the homosexual lifestyle for 16 years. And if you speak out
as an ex-gay, you are always under attack….”
It is so true because Quinlan has been slapped in the face among other
things and Dixon has been attacked with a loss of her job for
writing on her own time in the Toledo Free Press.
Brian Rooney, a spokesperson for the law firm said, "She
was speaking as a private citizen when she wrote her column and,
clearly, our Constitution protects speech, and there shouldn't be a
consequence to that free speech as far as discriminating against
somebody based on their speech and the content of that speech."
We think this is wrong and putting fear in people to express their
views in their own timing especially if those views are evangelical in
Matt Barber, a policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women
for America agrees with our view too.
Barber said, “This is classic viewpoint discrimination. The First
Amendment and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act make it illegal for
an employer to discriminate against an individual based on that
individual’s sincerely held religious belief. I think the University of
Toledo has really portrayed their anti-Christian bigotry and
intolerance. Just because many Christians have a viewpoint that is
unpopular in leftist circles, does not mean those leftists have a right
to violate the law and discriminate against Christians”
Pittsburgh Standard stands with Dixon and all those whose freedom is
violated because they write or speak as a Christian based on the rights
given to them by the Bill of Rights. This case needs to be resolved soon
and Dixon needs to be reinstated as an employee with back-pay. We speak
out for her in her defense and against the University of Toledo
president Lloyd Jacob’s who agreed to have her fired and then goes to
the same newspaper and writes an op-ed in which he condemned Dixon.
We wish none of this kind of action will ever happen at the University
of Pittsburgh or any other university or work place again!
All of our quote sources are taken from
http://www.cnsnews.com except the
quotes for Dixon’s column which are taken from her column.
picture to read my dad's memoriam:
Nov 01, 1941 - Dec 17, 2007
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