MORE CRUSHING OF DISSENT:
The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has placed a professor on forced administrative leave and has recommended that he be terminated for e-mailing a Thanksgiving message to his colleagues last November. On the day before Thanksgiving, Professor Walter Kehowski sent out the text of George Washingtonâ€™s â€œThanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789â€ and a link to the webpage where heâ€™d found itâ€”on Pat Buchananâ€™s web log. After several recipients complained of being offended by the e-mail, MCCCD found Kehowski guilty of violating the districtâ€™s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy and technology usage standards. Kehowski then contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.
â€œIt simply boggles the mind that a professor could find himself facing termination simply for e-mailing the Thanksgiving address of our first president,â€ FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. â€œThis situation is an embarrassment to MCCCD and would be laughable if a professorâ€™s most basic rights and very livelihood werenâ€™t on the line.â€
You know, people told me that if George W. Bush were reelected we’d see professors fired over trumped up charges of ideological nonconformity. And it looks like they were right!