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Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Trial against UNC-Wilmington begins as Dr Mike Adams fights for his First Amendment rights

The University of North Carolina–Wilmington goes on trial Monday charged with retaliation against one of its professors for his political and social views after he converted from atheism to Christianity.

Dr Mike Adams speaking at CPAC facebook photo“Universities are supposed to be a marketplace of ideas, not a place where professors face retaliation for having a different view than university officials,” says Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a lawsuit against the university on behalf of Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor.

Adams claims he’s been overlooked for promotion, mostly due to his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views and ran contrary to the opinions held by university officials.

Last year, a federal court found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial after an appeals court determined that the First Amendment protects the views Dr. Adams published.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit wrote in 2011 that “no individual loses his ability to speak as a private citizen by virtue of public employment…. Adams’ columns addressed topics such as academic freedom, civil rights, campus culture, sex, feminism, abortion, homosexuality, religion, and morality. Such topics plainly touched on issues of public, rather than private, concern.”

A former atheist, Adams frequently received accolades from his colleagues after the university hired him as an assistant professor in 1993 and promoted him to associate professor in 1998. His conversion to Christianity in 2000 impacted his views on political and social issues. Subsequently, the university subjected Adams to a campaign of academic persecution that culminated in his denial of promotion to full professor, despite an award-winning record of teaching, research, and service.

Source: ADF

 

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