Woman Fired For Expressing Christian Views on Homosexuality: Federal Court Ruled “Sexual Diversity Over Religious Rights”

Ayvaunn Penn, All Christian News

The world we live in continues to confuse, lose, and twist values with the passing of each and every day. Crystal Dixon, an employee of the University of Toledo was terminated from her job for expressing her Christian views on homosexuality.

In 2008, Dixon read a piece in the Toledo Free Press that compared adversity faced by the LGBT community to that of the black civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. As a Christian African-American woman, she made the decision to write a response piece to the op-ed that detailed her views. In her piece published on April 18, 2008, Dixon writes:

“I respectfully submit a different perspective for [the author of the original op-ed] and Toledo Free Press readers to consider….I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims…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.”

Before even a month could pass, the University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs decided to fire Dixon who received her termination letter on May 12, 2008. The letter said her termination was effective immediately due to the “public position [she] took in the Taledo Free Press. “That was not enough for Jacobs, however. He even released a public statement that was published in the Toledo Free Press. The statement read:

“It is necessary… for me to repudiate much of her writing…[Crystal Dixon’s] comments do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo. … We will be taking certain internal actions in this instance to more fully align our utterances and actions with this value system.”

This just does not make any sense. The author of the piece comparing the LGBT civil rights movement to that of the black civil rights movement is allowed to have a voice and speak freely, but Dixon cannot. Why in the world is that? Is not free, speech free speech, no matter what side of the fence you are on? Jacobs is undoubtedly in the wrong for firing Dixon. Feeling the same way, Dixon filed a federal law suit on the premises that her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights had been breached by Jacobs and the University of Toledo. To her dismay, however, the district court ruled against her stating that sexual diversity weighs more than her religious rights. When she filed an appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Dixon received the same answer.

Justifiably so, over four years later, Dixon is still striving to champion her rights. In this span of time, she has enlisted the services of attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center — a Judeo-Christian law firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Just last week, Dixon’s current attorneys filed an appeal in the Sixth Circuit in an effort to gain a full re-hearing — an en banc review — on Dixon’s case. The courts will make their decision in the coming weeks. May true justice prevail.

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The founder of The Penn Speaks and Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To follow her on Facebookclick here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.

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One response to “Woman Fired For Expressing Christian Views on Homosexuality: Federal Court Ruled “Sexual Diversity Over Religious Rights”

  1. “BRETHREN I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU TO BE IGNORANCE”

    It would have help, if the contact info had been posted for Crystal Dixon and Stan Wasbin in order for the TORAH/BIBLE to speak. On Yahweh_GOD_is Salvation Plan First Institution of Marriage. The mistakes the Christian makes and continue to make regarding this subject are Tenfold:

    (1) The Institution of a TORAH/BIBLICAL marriage for them is different from, that of a Civil State marriage;
    (2) Christians much wash all LBGT terms out of their mouth’s and only refer to this Roman 1:1-32, “life-style of choice” as the sins of Sodom/Gomorrah: a SODOMITE whether male or female;
    (3) We must not allow them to break their own: “Federal Law of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” AND Christians must-not allow, them to set their own acceptable terms, in defining this subject in order to restrict The TORAH/BIBLICAL Statutes?
    (4) Christian must not allow The Congress to make this Republic A New Religion, which we will bow down and serve.
    (5) Christians will lose in every Court when they seek to rely for a defense against that, which Yahweh_GOD_ acknowledge, allows, but cannot and will never accept for his created Adam the man-husband and Eve the woman-his-wife for a marriage.
    (6) What is a woman? A woman is the only female created with 23 chromosomes, which could replicate a Living Physical Begin in the Image and likeness of Yahweh_GOD_: with a body, soul and spirit,
    (7) A man is the first created Begin with the other 23 chromosomes, which Yahweh_GOD_ is Salvation Plan. Who received the Breath of GOD_Life; to make up the 46 chromosomes, which was required to “produce after its-kind.”
    (8) Our only soul defense as Christians, must be redress under, “The Establishment Clause.” Congress or no other branches of governments, states nor persons: shall make any religion to replace our FAITH IN THE TORAH/BIBLE Institution of marriage.,
    (9) The grounds for our Defense must be to “interrupt and stop all Federal Funds”, which all Institutions are currently receiving in violation of The Establishment Clause, Title VI, Executive Order 12250, (EO-12250) and U.S.C. 42 RLUIPA ACT 2000.

    AND:

    (10) This State of California Law will be challenged, in order for Christians to either be excused from the classroom and Equal Education funding will be allocated for Christian teaching: In order, that their Faith will not be altered at this early formative developing-age as prescribe by LBGT legislation.

    The subject of a TORAH/BIBLE marriage is a subject, between the TORAH/BIBLE and those who accept its Statutes, not the LBGT Non-Believers and any Court.

    It star here, now with Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd, Ayvaunn Penn, Crystal Dixon/-University of Toledo, Stan Wasbin Capistrano USD and the whole Bride Body Wife of Yahshua_Jesus Christ: speaking with one VOICE.
    Please join me in my FRIEND OF THE COURT LETTER TO THE US SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE: to be argued in March 2013 before the United States Supreme Court.

    SHALOM,
    Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd
    14642 Tonikan Road
    Apple Valley, CA 92307-4041
    760-955-1601

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