Sunday, July 11, 2010

Christian Fired for 'Hate Speech' by Univ. of IL

A professor teaching Catholicism explained Christian beliefs to his students, including the immorality of homosexual behavior. Expounding on such truths was deemed 'hate speech' and he was immediately fired, after a nine-year stint.

UPDATE 7/29/10: Prof. will teach class, but under new University terms

UPDATE 7/22/10: Univ. says professor NOT fired, but rather, he simply has no teaching assignments

UPDATE 7/19/10: Using Britain's template to outlaw Christianity in America (see video below)

UPDATE 7/18/10: Catholic Church involvement is the problem, says Chicago Tribune

UPDATE 7/16/10: Professor's lawyer issues ultimatum to University

UPDATE 7/12/10: Analysis and commentary from the Illinois Family Institute

-- From "U of I fires Catholicism professor" by The Associated Press 7/9/10

The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

The professor, Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also lost his job at an on-campus Catholic center.

Howell, who taught Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, says he was fired at the end of the spring semester after sending an e-mail explaining some Catholic beliefs to his students preparing for an exam.

"Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY," he wrote in the e-mail. "In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same."

Howell said he was teaching his students about the Catholic understanding of natural moral law.

"My responsibility on teaching a class on Catholicism is to teach what the Catholic Church teaches," Howell said in an interview with The News-Gazette in Champaign. "I have always made it very, very clear to my students they are never required to believe what I'm teaching and they'll never be judged on that."

Howell also said he makes clear to his students that he's Catholic and that he believes the church views that he teaches.

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From "Illinois professor fired for giving Catholic teaching on homosexuality" CNA/EWTN News 7/9/10

In response to his firing, Howell wrote a letter to friends explaining the events surrounding his dismissal.

“Since the Fall of 2001, I have been regularly teaching two courses in the department of religion,” Howell explained. One of the classes, “Introduction to Catholicism,” includes an explanation of Natural Moral Law as affirmed by the Church as well as an application of Natural Law Theory to a disputed social issue.

“Most of those semesters, my chosen topic was the moral status of homosexual acts,” he explained.

Howell said he taught the Catholic Church's position on homosexuality. He summed it up by saying, “A homosexual orientation is not morally wrong just as no moral guilt can be assigned to any inclination that a person has. However, based on natural moral law, the Church believes that homosexual acts are contrary to human nature and therefore morally wrong.”

To show how homosexual behavior would be considered under competing moral systems, Howell sent an e-mail to the students contrasting utilitarianism with natural moral law. “I tried to show them that under utilitarianism, homosexual acts would not be considered immoral whereas under natural moral law they would,” Howell said. “This is because natural moral law, unlike utilitarianism, judges morality on the basis of the acts themselves.”

Howell is currently working with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to seek legal redress.

David French, senior counsel for the ADF said in a written statement, "A university cannot censor professors' speech – including classroom speech related to the topic of the class – merely because some students find that speech 'offensive.' Professors have the freedom to challenge students and to educate them by exposing them to different views. The Alliance Defense Fund is working with Professor Howell because the defense of academic freedom is essential on the university campus."

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