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Employers can limit employees' speech

Your job may limit your freedom of speech. A federal court ruled in February that the University of Toledo was within its rights to fire human resources director Crystal Dixon in 2008 for a newspaper column questioning how homosexuals could be "civil rights victims." Her op-ed contradicted the university's stance. Because of Dixon's authority over university hiring and firing, wrote judge David Katz, her "interest in making a comment of public concern is clearly outweighed by the university's interest … in carrying out its own objectives."

TBN embroiled in family lawsuit

Perhaps Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) should start carrying Family Feud re-runs. Brittany Koper, granddaughter of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch, has accused directors of illegally distributing $50 million in "charitable assets" for personal use. She also claims she was fired as chief financial officer for refusing to cover up the scheme. Koper sued TBN attorneys over their role; her uncle, Joseph McVeigh, has filed a similar suit. The attorneys previously accused Koper of misappropriating funds but eventually dropped their suit.

LifeWay keeps new NIV on shelves

A disputed Bible translation will remain in Southern Baptist bookstores. The trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources unanimously voted to continue selling the 2011 New International Version, even though the Southern Baptist Convention had asked the publisher to remove the Bibles at its June convention. Committee chairman Adam Greenway emphasized that the decision was not an endorsement of the translation. "We do not believe the 2011 NIV rises to the level where it should be pulled or censored or not carried in our retail chain," he said.

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