How One Man Who Lost His Job For Being A Christian Fought Back and Won
Remember the name Bob Eschliman, and pray his recent legal victory is a beacon for religious freedom everywhere.
Eschliman, the former editor of the , is one of the most decorated journalists in my home state of Iowa. He’s won more awards than House Speaker John Boehner has surrenders, and that’s saying something. However, he lost his job because he still believed the media actually believed in the First Amendment.
With the knowledge and approval of his bosses, Eschliman often pontificated on politics via social media. One post he made last year criticizing the homosexualization of the Bible through something called “The Queen James Version” caught the attention of the tolerance mob known as the Rainbow Jihad. And they used it to bully his bosses into firing him—for something he wrote on his personal Facebook page.
Furthermore, the newspaper’s president took the extraordinary step of writing his own editorial condemning Eschliman for daring to be a Christian working in the media:
He expressed an opinion (aka Christianity) on 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. … He has a right to voice his opinion. And we have a right to select an editor who we believe best represents our company and best serves the interests of our readers.
There you go, the “public airing” of Christianity violates the “best interests” of a small-town newspaper in rural Iowa. But there’s just one problem with this secular jihad. It just so happens to be against the law.
Liberty Institute in Texas, a non-profit legal advocacy organization, pointed out that Eschliman’s firing violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which explicitly says an employer such as Shaw Media cannot make employment decisions based on religious beliefs or the public expression of them. So Liberty Institute took up Eschliman’s cause, and a year later has secured a settlement from Shaw Media—who obviously grew tired of the game of chicken it stupidly started.
Of course, Liberty Institute’s Hiram Sasser is taking the high road in the press release announcing the settlement:
Shaw Media showed true leadership in respecting free speech and religious liberty in the resolution to this matter. Our client is very happy with the outcome and appreciates the manner in which Shaw Media resolved this dispute … Companies who find themselves in similar situations should follow Shaw Media’s good example in resolving these situations in an amicable manner.
Permit me a snarky translation: Shaw Media got caught with their pants down and was staring down the barrel of a trip behind the woodshed. Thus it was high time to bail and put as much lipstick on that pig as they could. What was once so obvious to the “you will be made to care” cool kids table – that Eschliman could not privately criticize an effort by the Rainbow Jihad to literally rewrite the Bible to support homosexuality – clearly wasn’t such a politically-correct no-brainer any longer.
It turns out that when folks like Bob Eschliman and Liberty Institute stand up to the bullies on the Left we still have freedom of religion and freedom of speech. All thanks to that pesky First Amendment the cultural Marxists routinely attempt to defecate on.
“I am thankful the case is settled as a win for religious liberty over those who attempt to bully us into silence,” Eschliman said.
Eschliman is now part of a well-recognized and eclectic mix of 21st century religious and Constitutional martyrs. What was unalienable only yesterday is now hate speech, bigotry.
Eschliman’s victory could be bad news for a much bigger fish. Liberty Institute also represents Craig James, the former Fox Sports football broadcaster who claims he was fired for statements he made in defense of the Bible’s view on marriage and homosexuality while running for U.S. Senate in 2012. That’s right, apparently there is a higher politically-correct threshold to do color commentary during a college football game then there is to run for national office.
This insane overreach is why a recent poll indicated four out of every five atheists/agnostics are now siding with the cause of religious liberty over Rainbow Jihad hackery (see page 35). If that is in fact the case, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Bob Eschliman’s of the world for standing and delivering when it really mattered.
When Eschliman was pressed to sign a severance agreement upon being let go by Shaw Media, he chose a defense of his (and our) God-given rights instead. It was an honorable and courageous embodiment of the final words Eschliman wrote in the blog post that put him in the Rainbow Jihad’s crosshairs to begin with:
(Jesus) said false prophets would follow to deceive even more, and that lawlessness will abound. If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.
Indeed they are, and indeed we must. Be not afraid, good and faithful servants. From time to time, as Thomas Jefferson opined, the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Score one for the patriots.
First published at Conservative Review
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