Federal Appeals Court Upholds Firing of University HR Administrator Who Said Gays ‘Violate God’s Divine Order’

Those of you who have been following this site for a while will remember Crystal Dixon. In 2008, I posted about the  then University of Toledo associate vice president of human resources, who was fired after writing an article in the Toledo Free Press in which she said gays "violate God's divine order," and later told reporters at her church that she had a divine mandate to write the column.

DixonSaid Dixon in the article, "As a Black woman … 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. Daily thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle."

She concluded: "My final and most important point. There is a divine order. God created human kind male and female (Genesis 1:27). God created humans with an inalienable right to choose. There are consequences for each of our choices, including those who violate God's divine order."

Dixon sued. And now a federal appeals court has upheld her firing:

A federal appeals court has upheld the University of Toledo's decision to fire a high-level human-resources administrator who wrote a newspaper opinion column challenging the idea that gay people deserve the same civil-rights protections as members of racial minority groups.

In a ruling handed down on Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that the administrator's column "contradicted the very policies she was charged with creating, promoting, and enforcing," and cannot be excused as merely a statement of her own views as a private citizen. The panel affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss the administrator's lawsuit accusing the public university of violating her constitutional rights by firing her.

More here.


  1. Chuck says

    I can’t wake up tomorrow and not be a gay man. It is not possible, nor would I want to change who I am in any way. The right decision has been made in her case.

  2. Diogenes Arktos says

    If she’s consistent, she must follow the traditional Biblical precedents of women being subservient to men – and blacks being subservient to whites. Otherwise, for consistency’s sake, she must change her views of LGBT people.

  3. Larry says

    She is not God, it is time for these anti-gay Christians to stop playing God with the lives of LGBT people. God Created gays the same as he created straight and brown, white, yellow and black people.

  4. Artie_in_Lauderdale says

    Xtian morons like this have no business holding positions in the field of education. If they want to work in other fields, fine. But the purpose of the educational calling is to help all students advance in society. This fundamentalist Jesus worshipper is clearly out of place in the educational field. Since she is so obsessed with other people’s sex lives, here’s a specific sexual act she needs to engage in: She should go f*ck herself.

  5. bkmn says

    Can she at least provide one name of one of those thousands of people that leave the gay lifestyle daily?

    Or can I also make similar claims against religions with no proof, like she does?

  6. RICK says

    This is good news. Religion needs to be exposed for what is is…mythological. I’m fine when folks study religion through a metaphorical and/or psychological lens but the literal interpretations have got to go. There is no god or heaven or hell and guess what…Jesus never existed. There are no sky gods, none. The further we get away from a fundie view of religion, the better. Reason can then take its proper place.

  7. Markt says

    She lost twice – pretty good. Cause I think it’s a hard case. She had a first amendment right to say what she believed and if she can prove she did her job without bias . . . well? On the other hand it would be hard for employees or students to trust that she could be fair. I’m a little shocked that she lost twice – really.

  8. Caliban says

    What a surprise. Another stupid f*cking c*unt who can’t be bothered to do her JOB.

    Let me offer a suggestion. If you’re an observant Jew or Muslim don’t get a job in a bacon factory.

  9. dixichuk says

    I fear God has misled Ms. Dixon, or more likely Ms. Dixon somehow thinks she is God, which God clearly states is a pretty bad thing to do. Regarding the whole lifestyle argument, Google “blacks who passed for white” and you will find many accounts and not a few books written about those who chose to abandon the “black lifestyle” in order to assimilate or keep a job or keep their family, or for basic survival. This is not unlike many gay men and women who can commute between the aesthetics of a gay and straight lifestyle. Then there are those of us who are as gay as the black of night. And it is that group suffering the brunt of oppression for all the others. You can choose to deny who you are, but you cannot change who you are. Oppression is oppression and in a free society, there is room for none of it.

  10. millerbeach says

    I hope she knows true suffering. I hope no one will hire her with a ten-foot pole. What a stinking pile of human garbage. How dare you take the name of God and use it for your own evil, selfish purposes. You are not even worthy to consider yourself a Christian. Stop calling yourself one, because you obviously don’t know what it is. Good luck in the loser line, sweetie. Jobs are hard to come by…you should have kept your ignorant piehole shut…you might still be employed if you had. Too bad you are so stupid. I sure hope we do not have to support your ass…there’s a lot of supporting right there. Oh, drop about 50lbs, you cow. You make me sick.

  11. johnny says

    Its bad karma to wish someone negative stuff in her future, so in that regard I don’t agree with many of the comments here. Instead I hope that she gains clarity and realizes how she’s being a bigot and eventually retracts her statements and heals.

    That said, this woman signed on to get a paycheck and agreed to specific policies in the workplace. Then she turned around and wrote a very public article to state her position against those very same policies.

    Not smart.

    The court ruled in the best way possible and hopefully it sends a message to the rest of her ilk.

  12. Tad says

    As a gay man … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the Black lifestyle are civil rights victims. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be gay. Daily thousands of Blacks make a life decision to leave the Black lifestyle.

  13. kay says

    @Tad: Your comment is beyond stupid. A person can indeed leave the “gay lifestyle”…But a black man or woman cannot become unblack, it’s written in their DNA. There is absolutely no comparison. Please think before you post really dumb and quasi-racist comments. As far as I know there isn’t any “black lifestyle”. There are liberal blacks and conservative blacks, there are religious blacks and atheist blacks. What exactly do you mean by “black lifestyle”? I am white and there is no “white lifestyle”, and my asian friends do not live an “asian lifestyles”…

  14. Jaybo says

    @Kay….wow, so you think there is a “gay lifestyle” that we can leave?…@Tad’s comments are supposed to be ironic, and they are spot on…so Kay, tell me exactly what is the “gay lifestyle” – is it the elderly lesbian couple who have been together for 40 years, is it the teenage boy hustling because he was kicked out of the house for being gay, is it Ricky Martin or Ellen Degeneres? Of course there is no “black lifestyle,” @Tad said that to point out the wrongness of Ms. Dixon’s thought processes.

  15. kay says

    @Jaybo: Everyone knows that the term “gay lifestyle” means gay sex. That is what people are talking about. A gay person can stop having relations with their own gender and either become celibate or have relations with someone of the opposite gender. So yes, gay people can leave the “gay lifestyle”. I am not advocating this, or in anyway anti-gay. But it is a fact that a gay man or woman can choose to live a heterosexual lifestyle if enough social or religious pressure is applied. A black person couldn’t, even if they wished to, become another race.

  16. says

    Well, Kay, people can leave the “straight lifestyle,” too, and either become celibate or have relations with someone of the same gender. But no one talks about that because it’s crazy talk. (You missed the tone of Tad’s point.) And it has nothing to do with why Ms. Dixon was fired. She was fired for publicly contradicting civil rights policies she was responsible for mentoring. If you’re not advocating what you’re saying, why are you saying it?

  17. says

    “She got fired for writing an op-ed piece?”

    Wrong on all counts @ANON. She got fired for publicly contradicting the professional policy she is charged with upholding. She didn’t get fired for writing an op-ed. No reason to assume the ACLU would be all over such a case. And, if you haven’t heard much from the ACLU lately, you haven’t been paying attention. (For instance, their DOMA–Windsor v. US–case is currently in front of the Supreme Court–kind of a biggie.)

  18. Diogenes Arktos says

    I know it’s easy to forget, but could we try to remember to put some appropriate indication that we are being sarcastic?

    @Kay: reread the post of Dixichuk – some blacks used to pass as white so as to not live a “black” lifestyle. They more commonly chose to live both a “white” and a “black” lifestyle. This is exactly similar to some “straight acting” gay men, who married women and had children – but lived a double life.

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