Ex-Washington Times editor alleges religious bias

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Posted: Nov 18, 2009 12:22 PM

The former opinion editor of The Washington Times has filed a religious discrimination complaint against the paper.

Richard Miniter says the company president "coerced" him into attending a Unification Church event in 2008 that included a mass wedding. He says the company launched a background investigation into him earlier this year after he made a joke about the church to a co-worker.

The Times was founded by the leader of the Unification Church, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, in 1982.

The 42-year-old Miniter says he was fired in October.

The Arlington, Va., resident filed the complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. A Times spokesman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.