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Anti-religious hate speech at the University of Louisville
The Louisville Patriot ^ | December 2004 | Brian Yates

Posted on 12/09/2004 6:35:32 AM PST by ProfPhDCPACMA

I am providing a link to an article about a sociology professor at the University of Louisville who reportedly said shortly after the election that “It was the religious zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what I would suggest, if it were allowed.”

I sent the following e-mail to University administrators shortly after the article was published.

Dear Administrator:

The Louisville Patriot reported that a U of L sociology professor, Dr. John McTighe, stated to his class: “It was the religious zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what I would suggest, if it were allowed.” Even with sarcasm, I cannot imagine any University employee making similar comments about African-Americans, GLBT persons, women, or members of any other minority groups. That is a prime example of why we need a Conservative Values Support Center on campus to help politically moderate and conservative students deal with bigotry and resultant stress encountered here.

Benjamin P. Foster Professor of Accountancy

I hope you find this information interesting.

Sincerely, Ben Foster, Professor of Accountancy


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: antireligious; electionresults; hatespeech; highereducation; johnmctighe; louisville; tenuredradicals; university

1 posted on 12/09/2004 6:35:33 AM PST by ProfPhDCPACMA
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA

My brother is a undergrad at UofL. After the election, he was surrounded and accosted by faculty after being singled out as a Bush supporter. I'll have to ask him about this guy.


2 posted on 12/09/2004 6:43:29 AM PST by Theophilus (Save Little Democrats, Stop Abortion)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA; RonPaulLives; Republican Wildcat; TASMANIANRED

Welcome to Free Republic, Professor!

We in Kentucky are as appalled as you are. Think there's any chance of the local Gannett affiliate (AKA the Courier-Journal) printing this as well?


3 posted on 12/09/2004 6:43:51 AM PST by Old Sarge (In for a penny, in for a pound, saddlin' up and Baghdad-bound!)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA
why we need a Conservative Values Support Center on campus

Doesn't it seem a little P.C. to be setting up support centers over stuff like this. I think a couple well written letters to the editor in local papers quoting this guy would be enough to get an apology.
4 posted on 12/09/2004 6:44:36 AM PST by crail (Better lives have been lost on the gallows than have ever been enshrined in the halls of palaces.)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA

People usually respond to the TRUTH in one of 2 ways... By getting angry or by getting right.

Bless his angry heart.


5 posted on 12/09/2004 6:48:18 AM PST by odoso (Millions for charity, but not one penny for tribute!)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA
This is standard operating procedure at U of L. Last year they had the toxic racist Sister Soulja on campus calling white folks MFer's and saying they should be killed. Paid her 10 grand for it too.,

It was hilarious when the kkk showed up on campus to demanded equal time (and pay) for their own racial spew.

6 posted on 12/09/2004 6:54:25 AM PST by Quinton
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA
Liberal bigotry is nothing new on campus. I'm not at U of L, but I'm nearby. (Don't worry, we'll pay 'em back when the Cats beat 'em in basketball) I've already received flack from a teacher who believed (correctly) that I was related to an individual who authored a column and proceeded to cuss his name, and deride him. You should write to the administration, but I also suggest visiting ratemyprofessor.com (ha ha, I almost wrote "rape my professor"....dratted typos)and giving this guy the thumbs-down. I'm working on a website with the same guy who wrote the above column, where you can give horror stories about liberal professors. I talked to Sean Hannity about this on the air, and he said that if you tape any anti-Bush tirades that professors launch into, and send them the tape, they will play it on the air. Time to fight back. Stand up for yourself. (Unless you need the grade for something like law school or medical school) Keep track of ALL your grades, keep hard copies of all assignments you can legally keep, and be prepared to challenge your grade if you feel your teacher has unfairly graded you for your opinions.
7 posted on 12/09/2004 6:55:49 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Knight of Gondor)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA

Liberals - they always become what they hate.


8 posted on 12/09/2004 6:58:47 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: crail
Sorry crail, but I don't see how support centers are PC and how a well written letter is superior. These professors need a taste of their own medicine. They should all be required to undergo a conservative sensitivity course. The course needs to be developed on campus by conservative students and the one token conservative professor on campus. The students need financial support from the university, they need official recognition by the university, and they need access to all campus services including office space, computer and printing services, etc. Unless that's what's in their letter, I'd counsel those students to skip the letter writing campaign.
9 posted on 12/09/2004 7:04:08 AM PST by Leonard210
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To: aimhigh
Liberals - they always become what they hate.

What do you mean "become?"

They've always been what they hate. It's just now coming out plainly for all to see. Honestly, statements like this professor's are exactly the same that empower dictatorial regimes. That was Hitler's solution; shoot (kill) everyone with whom he disagreed or didn't like.

On one hand it's scary how these people are getting realizing that if they ever gained enough critical mass we'd have a social terror on our hands.

10 posted on 12/09/2004 7:12:23 AM PST by Fruitbat
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To: AaronThompson; aCDNinUSA; AFMobster; alicewonders; all_american1; Amn. Seaman; anoldafvet; ...
U of L Graduate and BLUEGRASS PING
11 posted on 12/09/2004 7:18:58 AM PST by RonPaulLives
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To: RonPaulLives

I actually know Brian Yates, haven't talked to him in quite a while though. Glad to see he's enjoying himself at UofL. The Louisville Patriot is a student-run independent conservative newspaper that started on campus a couple of years ago. They really riled some people up when they first started. Glad to see they're still going after the libs on campus!


12 posted on 12/09/2004 7:22:28 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA; All

Why is this parasite still on the payroll?
And where is the state attorney general and possibly the U.S. attorney general's representative???

hate speech is still hate speech no matter who it is directed to...

any of you U of Louisville alums have telephone numbers for the Dean?


13 posted on 12/09/2004 7:38:55 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla
any of you U of Louisville alums have telephone numbers for the Dean?

Click here for the link to the University of Louisville Office of the President

Office of the President
Grawemeyer Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-5417
Fax: (502) 852-7226

14 posted on 12/09/2004 7:42:59 AM PST by RonPaulLives
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To: crail

That might work if the paper weren't "The Louisville Communist Journal".


15 posted on 12/09/2004 7:44:14 AM PST by anoldafvet (The NY Times is the journalistic equivalent of a toilet stall wall.)
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To: RonPaulLives

thanks...
looks like I've got some calls to make this a.m.
I hope you Louisville alums will join me!


16 posted on 12/09/2004 7:46:26 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA; Fruitbat; kellynla; Bluegrass Conservative; Old Sarge; odoso; Quinton; aimhigh; ...

U of L CONTACT LIST

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:Ueucn2eVjD0J:www.kynsfepscor.org/contact.html


17 posted on 12/09/2004 7:48:11 AM PST by Liz
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To: aimhigh

Liberals are only "liberal" until they get power. Then, the "respect for diverging opinions" mask that they wear when then are in the minority comes off, and they reveal what they truly are.


18 posted on 12/09/2004 7:51:32 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: Liz

Thank you for the link
again, I hope the U of Louisville alums will rattle some cages this a.m.
nothing makes bureaucrats more nervous than alums who threaten to cut the university off of their donation list for Christmas and/or out of their wills. LOL


19 posted on 12/09/2004 7:53:10 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla

Will pass the word. This outrage must be addressed.


20 posted on 12/09/2004 8:36:11 AM PST by Liz
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To: RonPaulLives
uhm, RPL, after reading the first 7 posts on this thread, I just wanna say,

I'm so glad I don't go to a huge University! I would've gotten myself in some deep trouble had I been there, that professor would be deaf if I had something to say! And how bout that Sister Sonjlia.... you men/women can keep your big Universities,,, I'm sticking to small trade schools, and private schools..!

LOL

21 posted on 12/09/2004 8:38:24 AM PST by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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To: anoldafvet

The C-J would probably publish a well written letter of protest. I sent one in on the evils of exporting abortion overseas and they actually published it.


22 posted on 12/09/2004 12:24:50 PM PST by JusPasenThru (If you want to get it movin' you must learn to doof da bouven.)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA
My son is a Freshman at U of L and he pointed me to the Olin news letter. I wrote the President and here is what I said. I wrote this before the ping. I'm sorry if I duplicated your effort


Dr. Ramsey,


I am writing to you because of an article written by Brian Yates in the Louisville Patriot about one of your professors named Dr. McTighe. In the article the good Doctor remarked after our recent general election,

“It was the religious zealots who say they are voting on morals.
I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what
I would suggest, if it were allowed.”

I am very disturbed that this person has the possibility of teaching my son who happens to be a freshman at your school. I worked for seventeen years teaching, nurturing and worrying about my son. I tried to create a home that instilled high moral values and I believe that it worked with him and my two other sons. But I do not intend to sit back and watch this professor, or any other, to reduce or belittle my son’s moral values because they have center stage in his academic career. This professor had a theory that he forcefully shared with his class. Once he intimidated the students with such a fallacious statement I am sure no one in that classroom dared to voice a counter argument.

I wonder what you would do if a conservative professor said the following statements:

“It was the African American zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what I would suggest, if it were allowed”
or

“It was the Gay zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what I would suggest, if it were allowed”
or

“It was the wonen zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47’s and shoot them all! That’s what I would suggest, if it were allowed.”

I would be willing to bet the conservative professor would be relieved of his duties and would be crucified in the Courier Journal before the ink dried on his forced resignation letter. I would like to know why this is not considered a hate speech.

By your silence you have created a double standard.

Signed by a proud parent of a full academic scholarship student that happens to attend your, not-as-diverse-as-you-claim. school.
23 posted on 12/09/2004 4:02:23 PM PST by wattsup ("It's best to stay silent and be thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.." ..Abe L.)
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email address to complain.

email


24 posted on 12/09/2004 4:15:33 PM PST by postaldave (ACLU = Anti-Christian, Liberal, and Un-American.)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA

response to me email to U of L.

Thank you for contacting the University of Louisville with your concerns
about a story discussed in an opinion column that appeared in a student
publication. I appreciate your interest and concern about this report.
When a statement like that is attributed to a university professor --
even if not true or taken out of context - I can understand that you
would be concerned.

While individual personnel matters are confidential, I can assure you
that we take concerns raised about faculty conduct seriously.

When an issue about a faculty member's classroom conduct comes to our
attention, an appropriate administrator, typically a dean or department
chair, looks into it. Based on the findings of the investigation,
disciplinary action may be taken. We encourage students who have
concerns about faculty behavior to notify the university directly so we
can gather facts and address problems.

In regard to the specific incident you mention in your note, you should
know that the author of the column was not present in the classroom (but
heard about the statement from someone else). As we have looked into
this specific report, we have received versions of the discussion
distinctly different from the one reported by the columnist. University
policy prohibits us from discussing specific personnel matters, but
based upon the information we have, we do not believe that any serious
threats were made to any individual or group. If we receive additional
information from any individual in the classroom, we will investigate
further.

Beyond this individual question, however, we are taking the opportunity
to remind all faculty of our academic policies and standards. The
university's "Statement of Academic Freedom," located in our governing
document, speaks to the rights and responsibilities of students and
faculty. Students, for example, have a "right to express their own
views on matters of opinion" . . . "without fear of arbitrary reaction."
Faculty have the responsibility to "be thoroughly prepared and well
informed in their fields of knowledge and to be scrupulous in
distinguishing between personal and professional judgments. . .." You
can find the full policy at
www.louisville.edu/provost/redbook/chap2.htm#SEC2.5.1.

The university also accepts the professional standards set by the
American Association of University Professors, a professional
organization that concerns itself with faculty rights and
responsibilities. The AAUP guidelines state that "teachers are entitled
to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should
be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter
which has no relation to their subject."

AAUP standards also state that students should have protection against
improper academic evaluation. This theme is echoed in U of L's own
student code of rights and responsibilities, which states that students
"shall be evaluated on demonstrated knowledge and academic performance
and not on the basis of personal or political beliefs." Students who
have concerns may attempt to resolve the issue informally with the
faculty member, chair, dean or another university official. They may
also pursue a formal grievance through the academic department and
college.

I hope this information is helpful. We do not take student concerns
lightly, and we do have standards that address faculty conduct and
student rights. Our goal is to ensure that the university respects the
deep diversity of ideas and values among all members of our community.

Sincerely,

Shirley C. Willihnganz
University Provost


25 posted on 12/09/2004 4:23:47 PM PST by postaldave (ACLU = Anti-Christian, Liberal, and Un-American.)
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To: ProfPhDCPACMA

Professor Nancy Cade at Pikeville College once referred to me as "Hitler's wet-dream" because I have blonde hair and blue eyes. True story.

Of course, my retort to her was that, being of German ancestry, she wasn't because he was fat and ugly.

Laughter and applause filled the room.

But, this is more serious, because of the 'hate speech'.

Let's hope the University fires him for these comments.

But, this further confirms what I believe will happen in the coming decades...the open persecution of Christians. Maybe even outright murder.


26 posted on 12/09/2004 8:54:33 PM PST by ChildofReagan (Deus Vult)
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To: postaldave

The author of the article wrote this:

McTighe never responded to me at all. He told the university that he did comment on religious zealots and that his reference to guns came in a student generated class discussion of the election in general and of the connections between religious beliefs and gun ownership. He also told Blaine Hudson that he qualified his remarks by saying he was being sarcastic. The girl who was in the class said that it was all BS; that he never said anything about being sarcastic and that the only talk of weapons was when he made the shooting zealots comment.

Brian


27 posted on 12/10/2004 5:56:42 AM PST by ProfPhDCPACMA (Reporter's comment on story)
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To: JusPasenThru

Brian Yates sent me this message today:

Thanks. Someone forwarded me that message yesterday and it seems pretty typical of the way they respond to things. Immediately place the blame elsewhere. They handled Souljah the same way...saying that "the columnist was not present." The interesting thing here is that they ask students to come to them first, but this e-mail implies that KC is a liar. So what student is going to feel comfortable with that?

I don't know if you've seen the article in the CJ this morning, but here's a link.
http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/12/10ky/B2-uofl1210-5852.html
Apparently they've gotten 1,600 e-mails over McTighe.

Brian


28 posted on 12/10/2004 9:34:21 AM PST by ProfPhDCPACMA (CJ Story)
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