By Tony Perkins
At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Mike Adams teaches crime — but he never dreamed he’d be the victim of one. Unfortunately for the assistant professor, that all changed when his ideology did. When he was hired as a criminology expert 21 years ago, Adams was an avowed and outspoken atheist, a worldview that was shaken to the core when Mike went to visit a prisoner on death row in 2000. The convict, a mentally handicapped man, had read the entire Bible, something Adams had never done. He resolved then and there to change that, and when he did, Mike was completely transformed.
As his lead attorney, David French, writes in NRO, administrators engaged in the fiercest kind of viewpoint discrimination. It was “a process where they applied a made-up promotion standard that contradicted the faculty handbook, passed along false information about his academic record, deceptively edited documents to influence the faculty vote, explicitly discussed his constitutionally protected viewpoint, and allowed a faculty member with an obvious and outrageous conflict of interest to cast a vote against him.” At one point, the University even launched an underground investigation (at the request of a transgender group) to determine if the professor was “transphobic.”
Last week, after winding through the appeals process, Mike Adams finally got the news he was waiting for. Although UNCW officials denied that they were retaliating against Adams for his faith, the court disagreed. After seeing the evidence, a federal jury agreed that Adams’s speech was a “substantial or motivating factor” in denying him a full professorship. When pressed, UNCW officials couldn’t prove that they would have made the same decision in the absence of his conservative beliefs. Although the case isn’t over (the court hasn’t decided what form of “relief” to grant, nor has the school decided whether to appeal), the victory is a major one.
(Editor’s note: This is the same professor who wrote an amazing response last summer to another liberal professor who called him the “the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America.”)
Read more: FRC.org
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