Crystal Dixon was the associate vice president of human resources at the University of Toledo. That was until she wrote an opinion column for the April 18 issue of the Toledo Free Press expressing the belief that sexual orientation is not a civil rights issue. In that column, Dixon was careful to say that she was not representing the University or its opinions. She said she was writing "as a Black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo's Graduate School, an employee and a business owner." Her point was that sexual orientation is not an immutable characteristic such as race or sex and therefore should not be afforded the same protection under civil rights laws.
The University acted speedily against her. She was immediately placed on administrative leave and a few days later University President Lloyd Jacobs wrote his own column. He condemned his former employee's comments, asserting that Dixon's views "do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo." He also pledged that the university would be "taking action to align its policies" with its own value system.
That alignment meant that Dixon was fired. Apparently the university removed her from her job in human resources and offered her another position, which she refused-and was immediately fired. Her lawyers are adamant that the firing was improper and possibly illegal and according to Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women of America, "an egregious violation." Barber went on to say, "I think the University of Toledo has really betrayed 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."
This case should concern all of us. Crystal Dixon was fired for exercising her right to speak as a private citizen. The University of Toledo has censored her in the most brutal manner they could-they fired her. Could you imagine them firing a homosexual or a Muslim for giving their private opinions on this or almost any other subject? Not at all, yet to discriminate against a professing Christian is perfectly acceptable with that school.