U. Toledo official fired for expressing her view on homosexuality

Contact U.T.’s president to express your outrage.

Last week the University of Toledo suspended an administrator for stating in a guest column in a local newspaper that homosexual behavior is not the same as being black or handicapped.

Associate Vice President of Human Resources Crystal Dixon took exception to an editorial written by Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller, in which Miller spoke of a general lack of equality for homosexuals, made accusations of economic disparity for Blacks at U.T., and compared the struggle of homosexuals to “my black friends’ struggles and my wheelchair-bound friends’ struggles.”

In response, Ms. Dixon wrote, “As a black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School, an employee and a 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 as evidenced by the growing population of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex Gays) and Exodus International, just to name a few.”

Ms. Dixon’s editorial went on to present economic data to refute the claim that those identifying themselves as homosexual suffer economic disparity as a result of discrimination.

Upon publication of her editorial by the Toledo Free Press, the university suspended Ms. Dixon.

In his own op-ed article published a few days later, University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs condemned Ms. Dixon’s comments, stating that her views “do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo.”  He pledged that the university would be “taking action to align its policies” with its own values system.

On Monday, May 12, Brian Rooney, spokesman for the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Ms. Dixon, announced that Ms. Dixon had been offered a position in a different part of the university, and that when she refused, she was fired.

Said Rooney, “We are going to do everything we can within the law to try to show that the firing was improper and potentially illegal.”  He pointed out that Ms. Dixon was speaking as an African-American woman and evangelical Christian and was not speaking on behalf of the university.

“This is an outrageous violation of Ms. Dixon’s Constitutional right of free speech,” said CCV’s president Phil Burress.

But he warned, “What has happened to Ms. Dixon is not an exception.  It is part of a fast-growing trend in educational institutions, corporate boardrooms and government offices to silence expression of any objection to special protections for those who identify themselves as homosexual, lesbian bisexual or transgendered.

And he added, “Laws such as the so-called ‘ENDA,’ a homosexual special rights bill currently under consideration in the Ohio legislature, are simply legitimizing such restriction of our freedom of religious expression.”

PLEASE TAKE ACTION

Please contact University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs to express your outrage at this violation of Ms. Dixon’s Constitutional right of free speech.

He may be reached by e-mail at this address:  UTPresident@utoledo.edu.

To express your comments by phone, call toll-free 800-586-5336.  By choosing Option 1 in their automated menu you will be able to reach the office of Lloyd Jacobs, where another staff person has been designated to record comments.