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Fired UT Administrator Dixon Says Column Was 'Divine Mandate'

Former University of Toledo associate vice president of human resources Crystal Dixon, who was fired from her job after writing a column for the Toledo Free Press in which she said gays "violate God's divine order," talked to reporters at her church yesterday, and told them she had a divine mandate to write the column.

DixonSaid Dixon: "Whether you agree with me or not is really not the issue. The real issue is that I, like every citizen in the United States, have a First Amendment right to exercise free speech and to express my religion. I did so as a private citizen and I have been fired by a university that I have loved, served, and supported for many years."

Dixon is suing the university.

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  1. Well Jesus told me you suck too Crystal, but you don't see me writing columns to the Toledo Free Press about it.

    Her public position is in direct contradiction with the university's inclusive values. How can she embrace diversity whilst decrying it?

    She bought her brush and she painted herself into a corner and now she wants compensation?

    Hmm, no.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | May 15, 2008 5:59:09 PM

  2. For her next trick, Crystal will shout "fire" in a crowded movie house, and claim that God made her do it.

    Let's all pray that U of T doesn't settle the case.

    Posted by: Chris | May 15, 2008 6:04:29 PM

  3. she indeed has the right to practice her religion, but she has no right to judge or oppress others with her chosen beliefs.
    that's where holier-than-thou's misunderstand the religious freedoms that they have been granted.
    by default, those citizens without any religious beliefs should possess more basic rights than those who have chosen to believe religious doctrine.

    Posted by: A.J. | May 15, 2008 6:07:35 PM

  4. Happy Birthday, Andy!

    Now stop blogging and go and celebrate! You deserve it.

    Posted by: anon | May 15, 2008 6:14:12 PM

  5. Sadly this will just give more fodder to rightwingers to say that Christians are being oppressed and do not have "free speech" in this country. They love being made to feel like martyrs, even if 90% of the country is Christian.

    I wish we could have a rational dialogue about this. How much can you publicize religious beliefs that others find offensive when you have to work with others?

    Suppose she wrote in the local paper that all Jews were guilty of killing the Savior and that they were all going to burn unless unless they converted. Would she still expect to be seen as a fair and impartial HR manager by her Jewish colleagues or subordinates? Would her opinions inevitably influence her hiring decisions?

    Can you work professionally with someone after you have said publicly that (s)he is a sinner?

    Posted by: jjh | May 15, 2008 6:18:13 PM

  6. Crystal at work.

    Posted by: Bud Deegan | May 15, 2008 6:18:55 PM

  7. Are you still around honey? Yawn.

    Posted by: Tony | May 15, 2008 6:31:31 PM

  8. She'll learn the true meaning of "Free speech" next time she's in public and any gay person with self esteem tells her to go fuck herself! What a waste of human life she is. Such a classic victim.

    Posted by: SFshawn | May 15, 2008 6:32:25 PM

  9. i hate to say it, but this woman reminds me of my mother. ::shudders::

    Posted by: rae | May 15, 2008 6:45:27 PM

  10. Hey she can call Miss God as a character witness. After all she's got a "Divine Mandate."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 15, 2008 6:49:54 PM

  11. I said it before and I will say it again... if she truly wants to follow and believe in "God's divine order" then she is in violation herself. She is a 'cherry picker' (who picks verses and uses the Bible for their own prejudices). Two can play that game:

    "Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die." (Eccles. 25:22)

    "A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord: and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed. A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued." (Eccles. 26:14-15)

    Ephesians 5
    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

    FINALLY....The woman should have no power over man (ie. be in any ruling position over man), and they should not speak until spoken to. We can 'cherry pick' the Bible too:

    1 Timothy 2
    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.

    Posted by: CB | May 15, 2008 7:05:18 PM

  12. Happy Birthday Andy!!!!

    Posted by: adam | May 15, 2008 7:12:12 PM

  13. Forgive her for she knows not what she does/says...or something like that. Fact is, she's ignorant...don't condemn her, educate her.

    I will say that her dress violates God's divine order and so does that hair...lordy beeee!

    Posted by: bryan | May 15, 2008 7:25:25 PM

  14. Well, huh hair is divine RETRIBUTION. Hello!

    Posted by: 24play | May 15, 2008 7:30:26 PM

  15. Bitch is crazy....let her team up with Sally Kern on the unemployment line in November

    Posted by: Tex | May 15, 2008 7:45:18 PM

  16. she is one uuuugly cunt!

    Posted by: Marc | May 15, 2008 7:52:56 PM

  17. She shouldn't have been fired for expressing her personal views. Firing her for being anti-gay is the same for firing me for being gay! Be careful not to cross the line. Take one persons right to speak today and they will take your's tomorrow. I hate what she said, but must respect her right to say it. Unfortunate as it may sound it is true.

    Wow, I sould like the ACLU! I am sure that many of you can undertand that.

    Posted by: RB | May 15, 2008 8:21:55 PM

  18. The woman is delusional. She needs psychological counseling and maybe medication. Perhaps she should be referred to an Ex-Christian program? After all, she is consciously and voluntarily choosing this delusional religious lifestyle. I mean I have nothing against religious people as long as they don't act religious.

    Hey there Ms. Dixon, here's something to think about. Your Christ, if he existed, was most likely gay. I mean he had nothing to do with women, hung out with 12 guys, was really kind of liberal and then wanted his followers to eat his body and drink his blood. Sounds a little perverse and very gay to me. Jesus was probably a fag!

    Posted by: Bob R | May 15, 2008 9:27:27 PM

  19. RB, I agree with you but what'cha wanna bet that if one of the employees that is under her wrote a letter to the editor of a local paper expressing racist or anti-Christian views she wouldn't be nearly as concerned with freedom of speech or with their right to express their opinions?

    These religious nuts who scream FREE SPEECH every time they say something stupid are ALWAYS the same people who scream CENSURE, CENSURE, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT every time someone says something anti-Christian or pro-gay.

    Trust me, neither this woman nor her cronies are in any way concerned with your free speech rights and their sure not going to be there to argue for your job protection if you get fired unfairly.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 15, 2008 9:48:31 PM

  20. oops

    their = they're

    Posted by: Zeke | May 15, 2008 9:54:31 PM

  21. Listen you rotten cunt,


    That's why you ass got canned.

    It's funny how she can't hide being black but "homosexuals" need to hide their own identity.

    Posted by: Maverick69 | May 15, 2008 10:20:35 PM

  22. For those of you who are saying that she should be free to exercise her first amendment right and express herself in whatever way she deems fit, that was my first inclination. I even posted on this blog saying as much. However, once I clicked through to the links Andy provided in his first post on this matter, I saw immediately why the University of Toledo had fired Ms. Dixon. In the response editorial Ms. Dixon wrote to the Toledo Free Press, she addressed the policies of the University of Toledo regarding disparities in benefits offered to the University's employees. She wasn't merely a citizen expressing her views. She was an employee discussing in the press the internal policies of the organization for which she worked.

    Posted by: peterparker | May 15, 2008 10:22:52 PM

  23. Interesting that she validates her words with scripture, and then turns around and SUES the university – behavior that is condemned in the New Testament.

    Posted by: Jon | May 15, 2008 10:37:46 PM

  24. UT President Lyody Jacobs issued this statement after Dixon:Dr. Jacobs said her public position was in direct contradiction with Univeristy values and told her that her position "calls into question your continued ability to lead a critical function within the administration as personnel actions or decisions taken in your capacity as associate Vice President for human resources could be challenged or placed at risk. The result is a loss of confidence in you as an administrator" As someone who works for Universtity, I would expect to be fired, it's an attack on your own University Period! It's no different than what "W" did in Isreal today.This is a woman who is an administrator in Human Resources not gym class.She's hiding behind her religious beliefs to justify the wrong she knows she stated.

    Posted by: Maverick69 | May 15, 2008 11:10:54 PM

  25. An HR admin -- a position that requires people to ignore sexuality when deciding who is best suited for the jobs at hand -- admitting that she's a faith-based homophobe in a public paper deserves to get the heave-ho. Accent on ho. And an ugly ho at that.

    Posted by: matt | May 15, 2008 11:17:51 PM

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