"A tenured college professor is set to be fired for simply sending out an e-mail to colleagues containing George Washington's "Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789."
Already professor Walter Kehowski at Glendale Community College in Arizona has been placed on forced administrative leave and the school's chief has recommended his termination.
"It simply boggles the mind that a professor could find himself facing termination simply for e-mailing the Thanksgiving address of our first president," said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
On Nov. 22, 2006, the day before Thanksgiving, Kehowski, a professor in mathematics in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) sent the e-mail containing Washington's message to all MCCCD employees, using a district-wide service designated for "announcements." ....
Recent e-mails sent out using this service include an advertisement for purchasing goats for orphans in Uganda, quotes about Women's History Month, and a reminder about the health benefits of eating bananas.
"To FIRE's knowledge, not one of the senders of these e-mails has been forced to cease teaching or threatened with dismissal," according to the organization's statement.
The Thanksgiving address concerned is in fact simply an ordinary Christian prayer.
There is some background on Kehowski here. He has been battling the Leftist orthodoxy in his college for some time and they have been trying to "get" him for it for years. He seems to have finally driven them right around the bend if they think they can get him over this. All they are doing now is rendering themselves a laughing stock.
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