Skip to comments.Conservatives Sue for Academic Freedom
Posted on 08/01/2014 10:39:48 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
Faith can be an occupational hazard. Just ask Associate Professor Mike Adams. The 21-year teacher of criminology was the perfect candidate for promotion except for one thing. His faith in Christ. The University of North Carolina Wilmington had hired Adams as an atheist, but his conversion didnt do much to boost his career. Over time, he started writing columns and doing media appearances from a conservative perspective infuriating UNCWs forces of political correctness in the process.
Like most universities, the faculty was a fraternity of liberals, who insist on diversity but practice anything but. When Dr. Adams applied for a full professorship, the school turned him down. In 2007, Adams sued the University, arguing that they violated his free speech rights. Seven years and several appeals later, he won. Although UNCW denied that Adamss faith had any role in their decision the jury disagreed. [N]o individual, the Fourth Circuit had ruled, loses his ability to speak as a private citizen by virtue of public employment.
Although the school finally agreed to promote Adams, his attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom just announced more good news: UNCW will not only be paying him $50,000 in back salary but $615,000 in attorneys fees. For liberals, who knows the real chilling effect for conservatives is the cost of litigation, this is a major victory.
And the celebrations dont stop there. Former FRC policy analyst Teresa Wagner had reason to cheer in her own fight against ideological discrimination. After being turned down for a job at the University of Iowa Law School because of her political views, Wagner sued in 2009. A federal judge dismissed the case after a jury deadlockeda decision the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals called premature. This week, it agreed to give Teresa a new trial. Lets hope its more impartial than the IUs hiring policy!
I’ve been turned down for full-time employment at a local community college where I’m an adjunct professor more times than I care to count, despite rave reviews from my students.
I suspect my mis-matched sex chromosomes (XY) are the reason. 100% of recent hires in the department have been female.
"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience."
"[O]ur rulers can have no authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted."
"A right to take the side which every mans conscience approves . . . is too precious a right and too favorable to the preservation of liberty not to be protected."
"It is inconsistent with the spirit of our laws and Constitution to force tender consciences."
but I’ll bet they rave about their diversity
Their new word is “Consideration”—Being considerate of other views.
Of course, when I asked who got to define the term, people clammed up.
I went into a Dollar store to ask for an application and was told they were only hiring females....
Sounds like a pattern of discrimination from the menopause village.
Corporate has run the numbers and found that women, especially white single mothers, are the least likely to quit.
gee, I wonder why;>)