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Former editor claims religious discrimination

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:30 a.m. CST

Former Newton Daily News Editor Bob Eschliman filed a complaint Wednesday against the newspaper, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs. The paperwork was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Milwaukee.

Eschliman was fired May 5, less than a week after receiving national media attention for his personal blog addressing the Queen James translation of the Bible.

“I’d like to talk a little bit about deceivers among us, most notably the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo effort to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,’” he wrote.

He concluded his blog entry with, “If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.”

In his complaint, Eschliman said the Newton Daily News and its parent company, Shaw Media, discriminated against him “because of the private expression of my religious beliefs.”

Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz declined comment, citing the ongoing legal action.

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