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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Staff Ousted from The Indianapolis Star Newspaper for their Christian Beliefs

The Indianapolis Star newspaper was historically known as a conservative newspaper. It even included a Bible verse on Page One of every edition - II Cor. 3:17, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty." James Patterson was an editorial writer for The Star - Lisa Coffey was on the editorial board. When The Star was bought by Gannet, the paper lost its conservative standing. As Executive Editor Dennis Ryerson expressed it, "I want my newspaper ... to respect and appreciate different beliefs and values."

Patterson wrote in his editorial that Americans should "pray for the safety of our soldiers" - Ryerson was "deeply offended" with the reference to prayer. Patterson was fired.

Lisa Coffey found herself demoted because of her Christian beliefs. She ultimately resigned.

John Price, attorney for Patterson and Coffey stated, "If you express religious beliefs around there or don't fall in step with their approach to some of the issues of the day such as homosexual matters, then you are not acceptable. I know they are not the only two to encounter this. It's pervasive."

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