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University official 'villianized' for conservative opinion

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, October 12, 2012

Conservatives are calling foul against a Maryland university for disciplining one of its employees because she signed a petition to let voters decide the homosexual "marriage" issue.

Duffy, J.P. (FRC)Family Research Council (FRC) spokesman J.P. Duffy explains that Gallaudet University has placed its chief diversity officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, on paid leave because she signed the petition to put the issue on the Maryland ballot.

"Up until just a few years ago, I think a decision punishing any employee for engaging in the democratic process would have actually been jaw-dropping," he suggests.

"But unfortunately, what we're seeing here is this discriminatory action I think reflects really a troubling nationwide trend of voter intimidation and bullying tactics against those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

FRC says it is time for those with traditional values to say "enough is enough."

"First of all, we are calling on the university to fully reinstate Dr. McCaskill, and we've launched a national petition asking people to sign … that would call on the university to reinstate her," Duffy reports. "And secondly, we're calling on the board of the university to fire the president of that university for engaging in this kind of misconduct."

The FRC spokesman adds that McCaskill, a Gallaudet alumnus, is a "very distinguished and highly regarded senior university official," and his organization feels the action taken against her "is beyond the pale."

The petition McCaskill signed was successful, which means Maryland voters will decide in the November election whether to reject a bill passed by lawmakers that legalizes same-sex "marriage."

McCoy, Derek (Maryland Marriage Alliance)"This is one of those things where because she simply signed the petition, already she is being victimized, and she has been suspended from her position right now," Derek McCoy of the Maryland Marriage Alliance notes.

"We just see that this is another one of those tacks where if somebody voices their opinion on marriage, they get villainized and also ostracized out of society and [told] You can't do that; you can't support marriage being between one man and one woman."

McCoy reminds the school that McCaskill has a constitutionally protected right to free speech and free expression.

"This is not an issue or a referendum even on her job performance and how she's actually conducted herself on her job performance," he notes. "Obviously, she's been there for 23 years. She's the first PHD graduate from Gallaudet University who's deaf and is an African-American woman, and I think it says something about her, her character, about what she's been before."

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