They are just everywhere:
Two former editorial writers at The Indianapolis Star have gone to court, charging that top newsroom managers “consistently and repeatedly demonstrated … a negative hostility toward Christianity.”
James Patterson and Lisa Coffey have sued the newspaper and its owner, Gannett Co., claiming religious, racial and age discrimination in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.
The two are asking to be reinstated at the paper, and be compensated for lost income, benefits, emotional distress and unspecified punitive damages.
Is a ‘negative hostility’ the opposite of a ‘positive plus?’ At any rate, what was alleged:
In their lawsuit, the two allege Star Editor Dennis Ryerson and Publisher Barbara Henry said editorials perceived as proselytizing or containing Christian overtones could not be printed in the paper.
So the editors are being sued for, well, doing their jobs- editing.
Patterson’s attorney, John Price, told local TV station WTHR, “James Patterson ran into this problem when he wrote an editorial and asked people to pray for the Iraqi war and one of the new persons assigned by Gannett said that the use of the word ‘prayer’ in an editorial offended him.”
Patterson told WTHR, “This is America. We have the right, under the first amendment, to express those views. At a newspaper, which has had a conservative voice for years and years and years, our argument is we should be allowed to express those views without being persecuted.”
I guess I missed the 1st Amendment privilege to ‘have your views displayed prominently on someone elses newspaper.’
If that really is their case, it should be dismissed and these people should be thrown out on their ear.