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 1798.”
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.
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.
Professor Kehowski must have forgotten about the Double-First Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right not to be offended…unless you’re a heterosexual Christian.
(I wonder if any of the complainers–or the school’s chief–celebrate Thanksgiving…and if so, to whom do they give thanks?)
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