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June 20, 2005

MORE CONFLICT between antidiscrimination law and free speech:

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. . . .

According to a story in the Star today, Patterson and Coffey claim in the lawsuit that Ryerson and Henry were hostile toward Christianity and Christian employees at the paper. They also assert that Henry and Ryerson strongly disagreed "with anyone who had a biblical view of homosexuality."

I suspect that we'll see more complaints like this. I also hope that they'll lead to a considerable pruning-back of "hostile environment" doctrine.