Christian radio stations in Florida have been hit with a lawsuit by a former member who alleges they discriminated against him by not promoting him in the ratings.
In the lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Daniel Johnson, a former host at a Christian radio station in Orlando, claims the station violated his First Amendment rights by “stigmatizing” him and limiting his audience.
“In the midst of the election, the Christian radio network, Christian Comedy, promoted and promoted a candidate that was not a Christian and that was running against a Democrat,” Johnson’s attorney, John Zorn, said in a statement.
“The station has created a political environment that encourages bigotry and hatred against Muslims and other minorities, and is actively engaged in efforts to demonize Muslims, immigrants, and Christians.”
Johnson, who has been active on social media since leaving the station in 2016, said he quit the station because of the discriminatory tone and discriminatory practices.
“I have been discriminated against by the Christian Comedy network, the majority of which is white males, and by the general Christian culture that is so hostile to any group of people,” he said in the lawsuit.
“When you’re talking about the most important issues of the day, why do you discriminate against Muslims, or any group?
Why do you put Christian Broadcasting Networks’ agenda ahead of my voice?”
The station, which is owned by the Orlando-based Christian Broadcasting Network, said Johnson was not fired or disciplined but that the station had taken a number of actions to improve its diversity, including increasing the number of women and minorities on staff.
Johnson is suing for damages and punitive damages.