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University ‘Anti-christian Bigotry’ Targeted in Court

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Arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that “no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion,” a legal team has appealed the dismissal of an administrator from the University of Toledo in Ohio for her opinion of homosexuality.

The appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes on behalf of Crystal Dixon, who was fired by the university in 2008 after expressing her “personal, Christian viewpoint on homosexuality” in an op-ed published in a local newspaper.

“In direct contravention,” the appeal states, “defendants seek to prescribe what ‘shall be orthodox’ in matters of opinion by permitting University of Toledo employees to express personal messages that promote certain favored viewpoints on controversial political and social issues, while censoring certain disfavored viewpoints, such as plaintiff’s Christian viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality.”

The American Freedom Law Center is working on the case in conjunction with the Thomas More Law Center.

Spokesman Robert Muise of the AFLC noted that the lower court ruled that the school’s “diversity” interests outweighed Dixon’s First Amendment rights.

“This case is an egregious example of the anti-Christian bias and bigotry that is being promoted in our universities and other public institutions in the name of ‘diversity.’ This one-way diversity, however, is contrary to our constitutional guaranteed freedoms protected by the First Amendment,” he said.

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