In Greenville, North Carolina, a jury in federal court found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington violated criminology professor Mike Adams’ free speech rights when it denied his application for promotion to full professor. The ACLJ represents Dr. Adams, along with Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Travis Barham.
Dr. Adams is a conservative Christian who also regularly contributes to Townhall.com, where he often critiques the widespread leftist abuses within colleges and universities.
His speech caused a furious response within his university, with the Chancellor even attempting to alter the standards for promotion to allow the faculty to consider professors’ protected speech in promotion decisions.
When Dr. Adams submitted his application for full professor, university officials rejected it through the use of a completely-fabricated promotion standard, passed along false and misleading information about his academic record, explicitly considered the content of his protected speech in promotion documents, and – incredibly – allowed a professor who’d filed a false criminal complaint against Dr. Adams to cast a vote against his application.
The verdict represents a significant victory for the First Amendment and for academic freedom, sending a message nationwide that colleges and universities will be held accountable if they attempt to impose ideological, religious, or political litmus tests on professors or students.
The jury’s verdict was for liability only, and the judge will decide Dr. Adams’ relief within weeks.
In the meantime, we are grateful that justice was done and will press on to defend liberty in colleges and universities nationwide.
We have repeatedly written about the rampant corruption within the Obama Administration’s IRS and the apparent belief of IRS officials that the law simply does not apply to their conduct. Information revealed yesterday by the head of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
It sounds eerily familiar. Remember when former IRS top official Lois Lerner tried to downplay the unlawful targeting scheme against conservative and Tea Party groups in May 2012? After the revelation, she did not expect the uproar that ensued and quickly went into finger-pointing mode – blaming...
It is difficult to believe. In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, the Treasury Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration is expected to reveal that IRS employees destroyed critical evidence during an investigation of the agency’s unlawful targeting of...
Never has religious liberty been under greater attack in our nation’s military. Just how bad things are was demonstrated recently in the case of United States v. Sterling . In that case, the United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals held that the Marines could order Lance Corporal...