Punished for views on homosexuality
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow
5/8/2008 11:30:00 AM

The University of Toledo has taken action against an administrator that has aroused concern over free-speech violations.

The victim is the school's associate vice president of human resources, Crystal Dixon, who wrote to a local newspaper in response to an article that claimed homosexuals to be victims of civil rights abuses. In the letter, Dixon -- who is black -- objected to the article's claim that homosexual civil rights are being trampled on. In her view, civil rights and homosexuality do not fit into the same box.

Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America is outraged that the University of Toledo would suspend her over the letter. "First of all, I believe that there are a lot of African-Americans who wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Dixon on her position," he states.

Barber agrees with Dixon that homosexual activists have "co-opted the genuine civil rights movement to their own deceptive political end." And he argues that the entire incident is "inappropriate and has a chilling effect on free speech."

This is a major mistake on the part of the university, says Barber. "The fact that this university would suspend her because what she said is not politically correct ... violates their own internal policy," he continues. "And [it] certainly violates the spirit of the First Amendment and the spirit of free speech upon which this nation was founded."

He says African-Americans did not fight the lengthy battle for civil rights just to lose their constitutional protection of free speech on a university campus.

Barber believes the University of Toledo should immediately reinstate Dixon and issue an apology to her.

Original article: One News Now
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