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Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit (Mike Adams wins!)
The Daily Caller ^ | 3-20-2014 | Robby Soave

Posted on 03/20/2014 7:44:46 PM PDT by servo1969

First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views.

Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com.

In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed.

The jury agreed.

Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech on public university campuses.

“This is an incredibly important victory for the First Amendment,” said Travis Barham, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, in a statement to Campus Reform. “To be able to speak freely without retaliation is a principle that should be a reality on campus and the jurors reassured that.”

Adams’s conservative views had irked many of his colleagues and some of his students, according to The College Fix.

In one such instance, a student blamed the 911 attacks on U.S. foreign policy. He responded by telling the student that the U.S. Constitution protects her “bigoted, unintelligent and immature” views. She responded by accusing him of harassment.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Education; Local News; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: academicbias; acamia; atheismandstate; blacklisted; civilrights; collegecoven; discrimination; lawsuit; leftismoncampus; mikeadams; nc; northcarolina; professor; uncw; waronchristianity; waronreligion; wilmington
Mike Adams wins! I expect to be reading more about this very soon.
1 posted on 03/20/2014 7:44:46 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

This is very rare, they normally refuse to hire non-lefties in the first place


2 posted on 03/20/2014 7:46:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Well, he was an atheist when they hired him. Once you get tenure, they can’t fire you, even if you become a decent person.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 7:50:17 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: servo1969

Send the Admins to ‘Gitmo....


4 posted on 03/20/2014 7:50:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GeronL

“This is very rare, they normally refuse to hire non-lefties in the first place”

Very true. Congratulations, Professor!


5 posted on 03/20/2014 7:52:06 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Paladin2

And the thin skinned ignorant students.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 7:52:20 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: GeronL

He was a lefty atheist when he was hired.


7 posted on 03/20/2014 7:52:28 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: servo1969

Good on Mike. He’s been fighting those asshats for quite a while and fighting a good fight. Plus he plays guitar. I read his stuff on Townhall.com whenever it appears. UNC Wilmington if I remember right.


8 posted on 03/20/2014 7:53:43 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: GeronL
This is very rare, they normally refuse to hire non-lefties in the first place

He was an atheist. Maybe he was also a lefty. Then he learned a thing or two at the university. That would make him a rarity, indeed.

9 posted on 03/20/2014 7:56:34 PM PDT by stevem
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To: servo1969

bkmk


10 posted on 03/20/2014 8:22:34 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative... In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed... In one such instance, a student blamed the 911 attacks on U.S. foreign policy. He responded by telling the student that the U.S. Constitution protects her “bigoted, unintelligent and immature” views. She responded by accusing him of harassment.
Thanks servo1969.
11 posted on 03/20/2014 8:23:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: servo1969

Awesome.


12 posted on 03/20/2014 9:19:57 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

Great! Will he win damages?


13 posted on 03/20/2014 9:21:59 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: logi_cal869

Great! Will he win damages?


14 posted on 03/20/2014 9:22:16 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: servo1969; All

And for all of those on FR who are busy telling me that the Soviet Union (formerly known as Russia) under Putin is freer than the US....I say look at this result. This outcome would NEVER have happened in the Soviet Union because Adams could have NEVER taken his case to court in the first place


15 posted on 03/20/2014 9:25:11 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster
The FReepers saying this crap are surprisingly numerous, and getting more vocal all the time. The NeoSoviet Empire® like the Soviet Union that preceded it, will have useful idiots; conservatives shouldn't be among them.
16 posted on 03/20/2014 9:33:21 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

singing to the choir here


17 posted on 03/20/2014 9:38:49 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: servo1969

This is poorly written. Had to go to two other sites to determine which court made this ruling. Turns out it was the federal district court in Greenville, SC. Probably too early to know if the school will appeal.


18 posted on 03/20/2014 9:43:34 PM PDT by miele man
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To: miele man
Although there is a Federal District Court in Greenville, SC, I think it is more likely that the proceedings took place in the Federal District Court in Greenville, NC. I heard Travis Barham being interviewed today on a local talk radio show and he just said Greenville, not Greenville, SC. Since Greenville, NC, is only an hour and a half away from the site of the radio show and only about three hours from UNCW, I think that is where the case was heard. I was delighted to hear about the ruling today!

Mr. Barham said that it would be up to the judge who adjudicated the case to determine what penalties the UNC system will have to pay or what they will have to do to remedy their mistreatment of Dr. Adams. He said the jury deliberated less than two hours before finding for Dr. Adams because the case against the university system was so strong. He was asked what the university would do in response to the ruling and he declined to speak for them since he was not representing them. He said UNCW's lawyers and the UNC system lawyers were involved in representing the school which he said was standard practice in cases like this one.

19 posted on 03/20/2014 11:46:14 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: servo1969

Mike Adams and Ben Shapiro were my idols in canada before I immigrated stateside. It wasn’t Rush. I would just collect and read his articles whenever I got the chance.


20 posted on 03/21/2014 12:14:28 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: srmorton

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. I hope the judge’s ruling in re: penalties, sends a loud message. I find it encouraging to learn the jury listened and deliberated with all due speed.


21 posted on 03/21/2014 12:34:38 AM PDT by miele man
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