A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Ohio State University librarian who said he was forced out of his job because of his conservative Christian beliefs.
U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman ruled that the university's Mansfield campus did not violate Scott Savage's civil rights by being hostile to his beliefs.
In 2006, Savage was asked to serve on a committee to develop a required reading list for incoming freshmen. He noticed that every book was either liberal or promoted what he called a gay agenda.
So Savage recommended four conservative books - and that's where his troubles began.
According to the court ruling, one of the books, The Marketing of Evil, contained a chapter discussing homosexuality as "aberrant human behavior."
Several professors on the committee immediately took offense, accusing Savage of recommending a "homophobic book."
Two professors were so upset over the book that they filed a sexual-discrimination complaint against Savage. But the attack against Savage didn't stop there.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, English professor JF Buckley wrote an e-mail that was sent to the entire faculty. Buckley wrote: "You have made me fearful and uneasy being a gay man on this campus. ...I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed."
World Net Daily reported Savage received other correspondence that was laced with curse words and vicious personal attacks. The Christian librarian was later publicly condemned by a faculty vote.
All the attacks because Savage had the nerve to recommend a book?
"Rather than being examples of how I am 'provoking controversy,' these incidents underline the growing intolerance toward our constitutional rights on many campuses," Savage wrote in a letter that was published May 13, 2006, in The Dispatch.
Savage then accused five faculty members of falsely accusing him of harassment. But in 2007 he said he was forced to leave his job because of what he called personal and professional attacks on his character.
OSU is "an aggressive proponent of the homosexual lifestyle by virtue of its practices and policies," he said in the lawsuit. "OSU is therefore a naturally hostile environment to the expression of traditional Christian beliefs and morality."
But Judge Bertelsman said that Savage's speech was not protected by the First Amendment. He also ruled that the professors who launched the complaints were not in a position to discipline him and that he had his supervisor's support.