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Saturday, May 10, 2008

University of Toledo's Crystal Dixon Suspended

A Worldnet Daily article describes the suspension of the Associate VP of Human Resources, Crystal Dixon for writing an oped that was critical of the comparison of discrimination against blacks to discrimination against gays. The piece quotes some of Dixon's piece:

Dixon then responded.

"I respectfully submit a different perspective for Miller and Toledo Free Press readers to consider. … First, human beings, regardless of their choices in life, are of ultimate value to God and should be viewed the same by others. At the same time, one's personal choices lead to outcomes either positive or negative," she said.

"As a black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo's Graduate School, an employee and 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 evidenced by the growing population of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex Gays) and Exodus International just to name a few.

"Economic data is irrefutable: The normative statistics for a homosexual in the USA include a Bachelor's degree: For gay men, the median household income is $83,000/yr. (Gay singles $62,000; gay couples living together $130,000), almost 80% above the median U.S. household income of $46,326, per census data. For lesbians, the median household income is $80,000/yr. (Lesbian singles $52,000; Lesbian couples living together $96,000); 36% of lesbians reported household incomes in excess of $100,000/yr. Compare that to the median income of the non-college educated Black male of $30,539. The data speaks for itself," she said.

PFOX is not an accurate source. I'm surprised she didn't quote the "average age of death for a gay man is 43 nonsense."

The article continues, where she acts as if she speaks for the University of Toledo.

She said the alleged benefits disparity at the university, cited by Miller, came about simply because the employees of the two institutions were working under different contracts.

"The university is working diligently to address this issue in a reasonable and cost-efficient manner, for all employees, not just one segment," she said.

But she argued God created male and female, according to Genesis 1:27, and "there are consequences for each of our choices, including those who violate God's divine order."

"It is base human nature to revolt and become indignant when the world or even God Himself, disagrees with our choice that violates His divine order," Dixon said.

This statement suggests she is speaking for the school, and that the school participates in religious discrimination.

Then came the suspension announcement from the school, along with Jacobs' condemnation of Dixon's writings.

"Her comments do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo. It is necessary, therefore, for me to repudiate much of her writing," he said.

"Our Spectrum student group created the Safe Places Program to 'invite faculty, staff and graduate assistants and resident advisers to open their space as a Safe Place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning [LGBATQ] individuals.' I took this action because I believe it to be entirely consistent with the values system of the university. Indeed, there is a Safe Places sticker on the door of the president's office at the University of Toledo," Jacobs said.

"We will be taking certain internal actions in this instance to more fully align our utterances and actions with this value system," he said.

Employees of an institution have every right to speak out. They do NOT have the right to suggest institutional support of their view point. Dixon was discussing how university benefits were determined - something she would only know about because of her job. Ms Dixon's oped implied she was speaking for the University of Toledo, and therefore, in my view, her suspension was in order. To address the situation, she should write a follow up oped, to clear up that she was speaking for herself as an individual, and not for the institution.

Miller said he disagreed with Dixon, but acknowledged she had the right to express her beliefs.

"The university operates in an atmosphere of idea exchange, and while I recognize the institution's desire to distance itself from her, this is a basic free speech issue and I am disappointed she has been punished for expressing her views,” he said.

An official with the pro-homosexual Equality Ohio said Dixon's ideas were "more appropriate for her place of worship" and didn't belong elsewhere.

The school's diversity program is set up "to attract and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students" by pledging "to respect and value personal uniqueness and differences."

I think Miller misses the point for reasons I've stated above.


Anonymous said...

I think it is absolutely wonderful that this woman was fired. As someone working in HR she should be held to a higher standard. Just because she has hired some people that are LGBT doesn't give her a free pass, because who even knows if she knew they were LGBT at the time of hire. And after reading the article, she did mention her school so that gives the impression that she's speaking for the school as well as her own personal beliefs. While I don't agree with her beliefs or statements, I do believe she has a right to express them. This IS America. However, you have to be ready for any possible consequences that come along with what you choose to say. I also agree with part of another article I read saying that if she worked in a different department, the chemistry department for example, her statements would not be a factor. I applaud the university for setting the stage for diversity and sticking to their guns. Equality for all people!!!

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