Friday, October 12, 2012

Univ. Suspends Christian for Defending Marriage

T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. has placed Dr. Angela McCaskill, Chief Diversity Officer on paid leave because she was one of over 100,000 citizens who signed the petition to put the new same-sex marriage law to a vote in Maryland.
“McCaskill has worked at Gallaudet University for 23 years in various capacities… She was also the first deaf African American female to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University.”
-- Gallaudet University bio of McCaskill
For background, read about the state-by-stage revenge by homosexualists on Christians who sign petitions.

UPDATE 1/7/13: University president reinstates McCaskill while praising homosexualists who caused her suspension

Read about schools where Christians are not tolerated:

Miami Supt. Says Christianity Against School Policy

New Jersey Teacher Investigated for Christian Beliefs

Teacher Suspended for Christian Beliefs at Home

School Supt. Says Christian Student Ignorant, Anti-gay

Christian Fired for 'Hate Speech' by Univ. of Illinois

University Won't Hire Christians as Scientists

Reject Christ, Says Univ. to Grad Student

University Fires Christian Specifically for Biblical View of Homosexuality

Homosexual Indoctrination Mandated for Schools

-- From "Gallaudet chief diversity officer placed on leave after signing Md. anti-gay marriage petition" by The Associated Press 10/10/12

Hurwitz says McCaskill “participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate” for someone in her position.

Gallaudet is the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing.

McCaskill’s signature on the petition was disclosed in July by the [gay newspaper,] Washington Blade. She did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Angela McCaskill placed on administrative leave from Gallaudet" by Mike Conneen, WJLA-TV7 (D.C.) 10/10/12

As first reported in the blog Planet DeafQueer, “a Gallaudet faculty member, who at this time wishes to remain anonymous, noticed Dr. McCaskill’s name, address and signature on the anti-gay marriage petition (published by the Washington Blade) and inquired about it. When confronted by the faculty member, Dr. McCaskill confirmed that she had in fact signed the petition and explained that she had done so while at church, after her preacher had preached against gay marriage. As she was leaving, her husband pointed to the petition and she signed it without giving it further thought.”

After learning of McCaskill’s participation, an official complaint was reportedly filed with the University last week by the anonymous faculty member.

On the University website, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion says it’s mission is “to promote an academically enriching and supportive climate that allows all the diverse members of its community to thrive and succeed. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will achieve its mission by collaborating with units on campus to intentionally design a comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity; facilitate equity, access, social justice and inclusion; and, empower students, faculty, and staff to build a diverse and inclusive campus community.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gallaudet official suspended for signing anti-same-sex marriage petition" by Annie Linskey, Baltimore Sun 10/10/12

Her suspension fits neatly into a narrative that opponents of same-sex marriage are pushing: Approving gay marriage in Maryland will have unintended consequences, and opposition to it in the public square will not be tolerated.

"This is only the latest in a long list of attacks on individuals who express support for marriage as a union between one man and one woman," said Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which is opposing the same-sex marriage law. "If such attacks can be made before same-sex marriage is law, how can homosexual activists in good faith say that religious liberties will not be attacked if Question 6 passes?"

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer Suspended for Signing Gay Marriage Referendum Petition" by Molly Greenberg, InTheCapital 10/11/12

BuzzFeed reported on the issue . . .

According to UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, Hurwitz act of putting McCaskill on paid administrative leave because she had “participated in a legislative initiative” could be perceived as a criminal violation. D.C. Code says that “[a]ny person who … by threats or intimidation, interferes with, or attempts to interfere with, the right of any qualified registered elector to sign or not to sign any initiative, referendum, or recall petition,” may be considered for criminal violation. This violation could equate to a $10,000 fine as well as a year in prison.

While the issue is with a referendum circulating around a Maryland law where D.C. code does not rule, Volokh attests that it could “indirectly apply” to McCaskill’s leave if she decides to pursue a civil law suit for money or reinstatement. “There might still be a civil wrongful-discharge-in-violation-of-public-policy tort claim … on the theory that it’s against public policy for employers to interfere with employees’ political choices, whether Maryland or D.C,” he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "University Draws Fire After Placing Official on Leave for Signing Marriage Petition" by Lillian Kwon, Christian Post Reporter 10/11/12

Shocked by the university's decision, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins argued that a person should "no more be punished for signing a petition than they should be for voting."

"This is a basic citizen's right to participation in our democratic process. Gallaudet University claims to believe in diversity but clearly their definition of diversity doesn't allow for dissent when it comes to marriage," he stated.

"Until a few years ago, a decision punishing an employee for engaging in the democratic process would have been jaw-dropping. However, Gallaudet University's discriminatory action reflects the troubling trend of intimidation and bullying tactics against those who uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read ‘Bloodless Persecution’ of Christians as well as Judge Says Judeo-Christian Values Are Obsolete

UPDATE 10/16/12 - Angela McCaskill rebuts employer at press conference (video):