Iowa newspaper fires editor for writing about Gaystapo on his personal blog

persecution-of-christiansThe war against Christians and Christianity isn’t just in Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, it is now in America.

A newspaper editor in Iowa was fired from his job because he wrote IN HIS PERSONAL BLOG about his Bible-based beliefs on homosexuality being a sin.

It is against federal law for employers to discriminate against their employees on the basis of religious beliefs and practices. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, § 1605.1 says:

In most cases whether or not a practice or belief is religious is not at issue. However, in those cases in which the issue does exist, the [Equal Employment Opportunity] Commission will define religious practices to include moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views. This standard was developed in United States v. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965) and Welsh v. United States, 398 U.S. 333 (1970). The Commission has consistently applied this standard in its decisions. 1 The fact that no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not accept such belief will not determine whether the belief is a religious belief of the employee or prospective employee. The phrase “religious practice” as used in these Guidelines includes both religious observances and practices, as stated in section 701(j), 42 U.S.C. 2000e(j).

Robert Eschliman

Robert Eschliman

Daniel Finney and William Petroski report for The Des Moines Register, July 23, 2014, that Bob Eschliman, former editor of an Iowa newspaper, Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee claiming he is a victim of religious discrimination by his former employer because he was fired May 5 after publishing his views on homosexuals in his PERSONAL blog.

If the dispute isn’t resolved to Eschliman’s satisfaction, he could sue in federal court to seek financial damages.

In late April, Eschliman, 41, a member of Christian Reformed Church of Newton, Iowa, wrote a personal blog post criticizing the “Queen James Bible,” a website that rewrites sections of the Bible to make homosexuality acceptable. In his blog, Eschliman accused “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying “to make their sinful nature right with God.”

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko, who hosts an eponymous widely-read online blog about the news media, reported on Eschliman’s post and questioned whether Eschliman, in light of his publicly stated views, would be able to fairly cover issues involving gays.

Romenesko claimed he had emailed Eschliman inquiring if he could report about homosexuality objectively because of his published views. Eschliman ignored Romenesko’s correspondence, but removed the post from his personal blog.

Shaw Media, a Dixon, Ill., company, suspended Eschliman with pay and eventually fired him. Eschliman’s attorneys claim that violated his constitutional rights of religious expression. Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz declined to comment Wednesday.

John Rung

John Rung

After Eschliman’s dismissal, the Newton newspaper published an editorial by Shaw Media President John Rung, who wrote: “Last week, he expressed an opinion in his personal blog that in no way reflects the opinion of the Newton Daily News or Shaw Media. While he is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it.”

The Liberty Institute, a Dallas nonprofit legal firm that advocates for religious freedom, has taken up Eschliman’s case. Jeremiah Dys, a senior lawyer with the Liberty Institute, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he believes Eschliman has a strong case. He was joined by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, who now has a private law practice and will also be representing Eschliman. Whitaker said, “No one should be fired for simply expressing his religious beliefs. In America, it is against the law to fire an employee for expressing a religious belief in public. This kind of religious intolerance by an employer has no place in today’s welcoming workforce.”

Eschliman, a Boone native and U.S. Navy veteran who is married with two young children, has worked as a writer and editor for seven different companies, garnering almost 70 journalism awards. Seven awards came while he was editor in chief of the Newton newspaper, according to his attorneys.

But Eschliman said Wednesday that he has had difficulty finding employment since his dismissal, “particularly here in Iowa.” He said his writing, which some considered objectionable, was posted on a personal blog that was read mainly by family members and friends.

Mark Kende, a constitutional law professor at Drake University, said that at first glance, it appears that Eschliman has a potential case, “I am not saying the newspaper does not have an attempted defense, but federal laws generally prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion.” Kende described the case as untypical because the behavior in question occurred outside the workplace.

Eschliman “is arguing that they are firing him for his religious beliefs, and to the extent that the comments he made are based on his religion, that doesn’t seem frivolous,” Kende said. “But having said that, if I were the company, I would say that we are not firing him for his religious beliefs. We are firing him because his job is to be an impartial reporter, and as an impartial reporter he has lost his credibility, so it has nothing to do with his religion.”

Donna Red WingDonna Red Wing, executive director of One Iowa, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, said she takes religious liberties and the rights of journalists very seriously, noting she worked previously in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff of the Interfaith Alliance. But she also said Eschliman’s comments overstepped boundaries, describing his use of the term “Gaystapo”as horrific and suggesting he failed in his responsibility to be fair and objective.

“Certainly, his bosses at Shaw Media did what they felt they needed to do. I find his words disconcerting,” Red Wing said. “I am not a lawyer, but if he were working for me, I would fire him.”

H/t Christian News and FOTM’s Sig94

~Eowyn

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19 responses to “Iowa newspaper fires editor for writing about Gaystapo on his personal blog

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  2. So if reporters are supposed to be “impartial” and by extension of logic, have NO personal feelings what so ever…. Then why is it so difficult to get the truth anywhere in the mainstream media any more?

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  3. The paper expressed its belief if you are against Homosexuality you can not work for us! Is that an unbiased stand! They are saying if you don’t believe like us, you can not work for us, a direct violation of the law!

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  4. 1. IOWA! I thought Iowa was still made up of mostly good ‘ol Midwesterners & Christians… but oh, that’s right, most all newspapers have long been been bought up by a bigger few Communist Media Corporations toe’ing the party line. They probably already didn’t like Mr. Eschliman.

    2. I hope Eschliman wins his case, not only re religious discrimination but also free speech. As for job hunting, take the offensive. Don’t let them Interview You. You Interview Them First by refusing to even apply at Propaganda Mills. In the meantime he’ll simply have to start his OWN newspaper online where Freedom of Thought/Speech/Religion still hold sway!

    3. Ms. Red Wing. She’s probably a Feminazi. They can dish it but they can’t take it. Is Gaystapo any more insulting than Homophobe?

    4. Lawyer Doublespeak: “Kende said … if I were the company, I would say that we are not firing him for his religious beliefs. We are firing him because his job is to be an impartial reporter, and as an impartial reporter he has lost his credibility, so it has nothing to do with his religion.”

    Does Kende realize that is an impossible scenario? Nobody is Neutral re ANYTHING in their heart of hearts. That does not mean they can’t do their job & edit/approve (disgusting homo) “News” for publication. So editors are not allowed to have an opinion in their off-work hours? Or they have to hide & cower & stuff their Politically Incorrect opinions 24/7 just to appease the homo-crybabies? Since when? Ever hear of EDITORIALS written by, um, yeah, EDITORS? His blog is his Personal Editorial.

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  5. Not surprising. Sad state of America when your First Amendment rights “oversteps boundaries” determined by others.

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  6. My background is Christian Reformed from West Michigan. I am of Dutch heritage and so many of us remain Reformed in our heritage. God bless my brother in Jesus Christ!; my Christian Reformed brother!

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  7. Nazi is as Nazi does. It will be priceless to see the look on the faces of all these ‘pro anything goes’ (literally) peoples faces when the tables will be turned on them by the government goons during the round ups. ALL peoples will be taken down, layer by layer no matter how loyal and blind faith they were to a wolf in sheep’s clothing aka Big Brother.

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  8. That Donna Redwing is one fine lookin’ woman.

    My excitement aside, how mentally challenged does one have to be to make an argument that a writer cannot cover a story in an unbiased manner if that writer has any personal opinion on any facet of said story?

    Assuming that logic, any writer who votes in any election should be erased from any position he or she may hold in the media as the fact that he or she cast a ballot now proves bias.

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  9. Ironic that everything the homosexual lobby uses to prove THEIR point seems to ALSO prove OUR point equally well. Just boils down to which side can push with the most conviction,I suppose…

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  10. The real bottom line is that the paper likely got pressured by the “gaystapo” who *are* worse than the nazis and the soviets combined, that horrible behavior is part of them identifying with the illness and accepting the devils connected to it, it’s like a virus reacting to a body making a white blood cell. This is an example of the puppets of evil trying to prevent any resistance to the spread of their cancerous propaganda throughout society.

    This sort of thing happens far more often than is reported since many are unwilling to try to fight the *sexual lobbies who have manipulated their way into positions of power. I’ve seen how these unfortunately ill people behave when they take over just a fan club, and it is as bad as this, and worse, any “threat” to the illness is taken as a grave sin.

    Heres hoping this fellow not only wins the case but can also draw attention to the behavior of those pushing the agenda, which is decidedly “bullying” to say the very utmost least.

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  11. Ever heard of George Orwell?? Newspeak. Where every meaning is the opposite.e.g. Slavery is freedom. War is peace. Sad freaks are gay, ect..ect..

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  12. Reblogged this on saboteur365 and commented:
    Outrageous, but this is no longer a nations of laws, but a nation of men. Evil men, devoting their lives to doing the work of Satan.

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  13. Paul H. Lemmen

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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  14. Red Wing appears to be a menacing, outspoken bull dyke.
    What tribe is she from the Fagkotas?

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  15. Brenda Leeann Springer

    All the homos coming out of the closet, are bringing on their own end. They are flamboyant, and “in your face” now, but it will eventually lead to their ruin. Anyone that defies God and God’s nature will always lose. America the Great will suffer for not taking a stand against the homo-Nazis. This is a historical repeat just like the Homo-Occultism that permeated the roots of the Nazi Party. Leftwing oppressors are stupid pagans and too dumb to know they are bringing destruction upon themselves. The homo movement in America, when contrasted with Nazism, may be different in style but not in substance. My question has always been “Where are the gate keepers”? Leeann

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  16. Reblogged this on mspatti1 and commented:
    Fired for not reporting in a fair and objective manner? That is what the main stream media does everyday. Why do they still have a job?

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  17. Speech is only free in America if it leans way, way left.

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  18. I Suppose, Just boils down to which side can push with the most conviction..

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