Christian Conservative Professor Denied Promotion Because Of His Beliefs Wins First Amendment Lawsuit Against School
You would think North Carolina is the last place where you would find liberal and feminist professors and administration vying to get a fellow colleague fired for being Christian. But at the University of NC Wilmington that is exactly what happened to Mike Adams. He was denied promotions for his newly found Conservative Christian beliefs and a fellow professor wrote him a letter about why he should be fired from the University. Standing on the First Amendment, Adams fought the establishment in a lawsuit.
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.
I don’t care what University you send your child to in the United States you will not be sending them to a place of higher learning but a place of base learning. Mike Adams became popular for his letter of response to a colleague who said he should be fired:
While I respect your right to conclude that I am the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America, I think you’re wrong. In fact, I don’t even think I’m the biggest embarrassment to higher education in the state of North Carolina. But since you’re a liberal and you support “choice” — provided we’re talking about dismembering children and not school vouchers for those who weren’t dismembered — I want to give you some options. In fact, I’m going to describe the antics of ten professors, official campus groups, and invited campus speakers in North Carolina and let you decide which constitutes the biggest embarrassment to higher education.
1. In the early spring semester of 2013, a women’s studies professor and a psychology professor at Western Carolina University co-sponsored a panel on bondage and S&M. The purpose of the panel was to teach college students how to inflict pain on themselves and others for sexual pleasure. When you called me the biggest embarrassment in higher education, you must not have known about their bondage panel. Maybe you were tied up that evening and couldn’t make it.
2. At UNC Chapel Hill, there is a feminist professor who believes that women can lead happy lives without men. That’s nothing new. But what’s different is that she thinks women can form lifelong domestic partnerships with dogs and that those relationships will actually be fulfilling enough to replace marital relationships with men. I can’t make this stuff up, Ed. I don’t drop acid. Well, at least not since the late 1980s. But I promise this story is real and not an LSD flashback.
3. At Duke University, feminists hired a “sex worker” (read: prostitute) to speak as part of an event called the Sex Workers Art Show. After his speech, the male prostitute pulled down his pants, got down on his knees, and inserted a burning sparkler into his rectum. While it burned, he sang a verse of “the Star Spangled Banner.” I believe that stripping incident was almost as embarrassing as the other one involving the Duke Lacrosse team…
If you are paying good money to send your kid to college, know the educational experiences are more typical across the country than you think. I don’t care if it’s a “known conservative” university or even a religious one… ALL of them have liberals planted spouting their ideals of humanism or socialism. ALL of them are beholden to the federal government for funding so must make some allowances in their hiring. As a matter of fact I found only one college who does not receive a penny of funding from D.C…. Hillsdale College.
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