Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A limit on academic freedom?

Give me a break.

I cannot support the argument that a librarian at Ohio State-Mansfield had his academic freedom limited because a book he proposed for a summer reading program was denied.

I am always amazed (and disappointed) when university people don't get their way and immediately cry that their academic freedom has been impinged upon.

In the Ohio case, a librarian advocated for an anti-gay book be included in the discussion for a summer reading. The other members of the committee opted for something else, but he soon filed suit suggesting that he was being singled out for his Christian views.

The case has wound its way through the court system and as this story notes the decision is clear: neither his free speech nor any other rights were violated.

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