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Missouri Family E-News

October 29, 2013

High Court Refuses to Protect Religous Freedom  


The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of an Ohio college official who was fired for writing a newspaper column in opposition to homosexuality.


The High Court has declined to hear the case of Crystal Dixon, who served as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Toledo.


Dixon was terminated after she responded to a column in the Toledo Free Press drawing similarities between the civil rights movement and the homosexual rights movement."


"As a black woman, I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are 'civil rights victims,'" Dixon wrote.   


Dixon elaborated in her column on how individuals with homosexual attractions have found freedom in Jesus Christ.  "Daily, Jesus Christ is radically transforming the lives of both straight and gay folks and bringing them into a life of wholeness."


Within days, University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs fired Dixon, saying that her views were "in direct contradiction" to the college's policies and procedures and its 'core values.'  


Federal district and appellate courts upheld Dixon's firing, saying her views impacted her ability to fulfill the University's mission.


"This case only reinforces the fact that the liberal idea of 'diversity' is code for the tyranny of political correctness," says Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, who has represented Dixon in the case.


"Anti-Christian bias and bigotry is a hallmark of the 'diversity' crusade that is promoted in our universities.  This case is an egregious example of of this one-way diversity and its pernicious impact on our fundamental rights."  


University Employee Sues Over Suspension 

A college human resources officer who was suspended  for her support of the institution of marriage has filed a defamation lawsuit against the university.
Angela McCaskill has filed a $16 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where she has served as Chief Diversity Officer.

McCaskill was placed on leave by university officials last October after it became known that she had signed a petition in support of a ballot proposition in Maryland to preserve legal marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz demanded that McCaskill issue a public apology for signing the petition to the university community.  When she refused to do so, he suspended her. 

Hurwitz took the public position that McCaskills's views in support of traditional marriage were "inappropriate" for a university diversity officer.
McCaskill was subsequently reinstated, but Hurwitz remained mum on the official reasons for either action. 

McCaskill says she is turning to the courts because she has been subjected to a hostile work environment.  She says her position was demoted and her budget slashed by a third.  She claims she has been the repeated victim of "verbal abuse, condescension, and castigation" during staff meetings.
McCaskill is most disturbed by continuing harassment from lesbian professor Martina Bienvenu, who filed the original complaint against her.  McCaskill says she has persisted in attacking her Christian beliefs, and had told her to stop attending church or she would "suffer dramatic consequences."

Gallaudet University serves students who are hearing-impaired.  McCaskill earned the school's first Ph.D. as a deaf African-American woman. 

McCaskill signed the petition at her church, Reid Temple.  Her pastor, Lee Washington, has called for Christians to rally around her.

"Dr. McCaskill and her family have been subjected to threats and intimidation.  As her church family, we stand firmly by her side...and denounce these actions of cowardice and bullying."

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U.S. Army Secretary  Halts Anti-Christian Training Programs 

The Secretary of the U.S. Army has issued an order to suspend internal training programs that have labeled Christian believers and Christian organizations as members of domestic "hate groups." 

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has instructed Army brass to cease all briefings and presentations on the subject of "extremist organizations" until Army officials "standardize" such training programs.

McHugh's actions follows the latest in a string of episodes in which Army training officers have branded supporters of traditional values as domestic security threats.  The most recent incident occurred at Ft. Hood in Texas. 

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment  briefing were told by a counter-intelligence officer that evangelical Christians, pro-life organizations, and Tea Party groups were radical extremists who "were tearing the country apart."  Soldiers claim they were further told that if they contributed to such organizations they could be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

"The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and Tea Party members are enemies of America, and that they can be punished for participating in these groups," says Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute.  Berry is a former Marine Corps JAG officer.

"The military is supposed to defend freedom, and to classify the vast majority of the military that claim to be Christian as terrorists is sick,"  one of the soldiers in the briefing told Fox News.  "Our community is still healing from the act of terrorism brought on by Nidal Hasan--who really is a terrorist." 

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, echoed the soldier's comment.  "On the very base that was the site of the mass murder carried out by a radicalized Muslim soldier, it is astonishing that evangelical groups are being identified as a threat.  Defense Secretary Hagel must intervene immediately to stop this march against the rights and freedoms of our soldiers."

Army officials claim that training programs that have targeted conservative Christian organizations as "hate groups" have been developed by misguided training officers acting on their own.  This explanation defies belief.  The information contained in the anti-Christian training presentations at various military installations have been nearly identical.

Earlier this month a security briefing was presented to active duty and reserve Army troops at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.  Soldiers were told that the American Family Association (AFA) was a "domestic hate group" along with the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers, and the Nation of Islam. 

The instructor falsely linked  AFA to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, with which it has no affiliation whatsoever.  Soldiers were told they could be subject to discipline if they participated in such "hate groups."

In April of this year the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty uncovered a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity Training program that targeted "religious extremism. "  The training slides listed "evangelical Christianity" at the top of a list of "hate groups" which included Al Quaeda, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Catholicism, and the Ku Klux Klan.

In the same month, a U.S. Army officer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky distributed an internal e-mail in which he described the Family Research Council and AFA as "domestic hate groups."  The officer stated he wanted to educate his troops on organizations that "do not share our Army values."

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplains Alliance, says the growing antipathy to Christianity in military training settings is dishonorable.  "Far from mere 'isolated incidents,' as the Army has dismissed them, this latest incident demonstrates a pattern and practice identifying mainstream religions as examples of religious extremism."

"How much longer can the Army claim no knowledge or responsibility for these things?" asks Berry, the Liberty Institute attorney.  "Either this training was directed from Army leadership at the Pentagon, or else the Army has a real discipline and leadership problem on its hands because a bunch of rogue officers are teaching this nonsense."

Army Secretary McHugh acknowledged that Army instructors had "supplemented" programs of instruction with "inaccurate and objectionable" information and material.  He suggested that instructors had located the information on the Internet from the website of a particular special interest group.

Family Research Council officials have long believed that the training materials were derived from "information" compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  SPLC is a genuine hate group that has a mission to slander and defame organizations and institutions that defend Biblical truth and traditional values.

The building drumbeat of anti-Christian indoctrination in the military occurs in the context of broader religious liberty concerns in the nation's armed forces.  In the spring the Pentagon released a statement saying that "religious proselytization" was no longer permitted within the Department of Defense.  The statement suggested that service members could be court-martialed for sharing their faith in unauthorized fashion.

Defense Department officials backed off in the wake of harsh public criticism from many quarters.  Pentagon spokesmen said it was acceptable to "evangelize," but only so long as it was not "unwanted or intrusive."  Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said that personnel could only express their religious convictions  if they did not make others "uncomfortable."

One of the soldiers who was subjected to the Ft. Hood briefing had this additional comment:  "I risk my life and sacrifice time away from my family to fight for our freedoms, yet my religious liberties are taken away.  Can I tithe?  Can I donate to Christian charities?  Am I going to be in trouble going to church?"

The Family Research Council has organized a petition drive calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to protect the religious freedom of those men and women pledged to the defense of our country.  You can sign that petition by using this link:
FRC Petition

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