An Iowa newspaper editor has filed a
complaint claiming his firing over an anti-gay post was a violation
of his religious faith.
Bob Eschliman, the former editor of the
Newton Daily News, was fired in May after he railed against
“the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” in a post on his personal
“[W]e must fight back against the
enemy,” Eschliman said of an attempt by LGBT people of faith to
rewrite the Bible to “make their sinful nature 'right with God.'”
Eschliman has filed a complaint with
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according
to media critic Jim Romenesko.
Matthew Whitaker, Eschliman's attorney,
said the firing was illegal because his client was expressing his
“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,” he said.