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KENTUCKYREDBONE
02-16-2009, 10:41 PM
Pro-marriage speech garners professor's profane wrath
Charlie Butts and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 2/16/2009 10:00:00 AM

After being called a "fascist" by his professor, a Christian California student has filed suit against his college for violations of his free-speech rights.





Less than a month after voters in California decided to amend their state constitution and protect traditional marriage, Jonathan Lopez -- in a public speaking class -- shared his beliefs on faith and marriage. David French of the Alliance Defense Fund picks up the story.

"Jonathan talked about his faith -- and one of the things he talked about in context of his faith was...marriage," says French. "He read from the dictionary definition of marriage. The professor stopped the class, called him a 'fascist b_____d' -- [he] used the expletive -- [and] told the class that anyone who wanted to could leave if they were offended...."

According to an ADF press release, when no one got up to leave, the instructor simply dismissed the class, effectively ending Lopez's speech -- which violated the student's free-speech rights, adds the attorney, especially since other students made speeches on other subjects. Religious speech, notes French, apparently was excluded from the open-ended speech assignment.

"You just cannot shut down student speech like that," states French, who explains that Lopez was well within the confines of his professor's assignment, and that the professor's actions not only constitute viewpoint discrimination but also comprise "retaliation" because he disagreed with Lopez's religious beliefs.

According to the ADF attorney, the professor was not yet finished. "When [Lopez later] complained about what was an obvious act of censorship, he was threatened with expulsion by that same professor," he says.

The speech professor is identified as John Matteson of Los Angeles Community College. ADF reports that after Proposition 8 (the marriage-related constitutional amendment) was approved on November 4, Matteson told his entire class: "If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist b_____d."

Ultimately Matteson refused to grade Lopez's November 24 speech, and wrote on the evaluation: "Ask God what your grade is."

Llamafighter
02-16-2009, 10:53 PM
Pro-marriage speech garners professor's profane wrath
Charlie Butts and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 2/16/2009 10:00:00 AM

After being called a "fascist" by his professor, a Christian California student has filed suit against his college for violations of his free-speech rights.





Less than a month after voters in California decided to amend their state constitution and protect traditional marriage, Jonathan Lopez -- in a public speaking class -- shared his beliefs on faith and marriage. David French of the Alliance Defense Fund picks up the story.

"Jonathan talked about his faith -- and one of the things he talked about in context of his faith was...marriage," says French. "He read from the dictionary definition of marriage. The professor stopped the class, called him a 'fascist b_____d' -- [he] used the expletive -- [and] told the class that anyone who wanted to could leave if they were offended...."

According to an ADF press release, when no one got up to leave, the instructor simply dismissed the class, effectively ending Lopez's speech -- which violated the student's free-speech rights, adds the attorney, especially since other students made speeches on other subjects. Religious speech, notes French, apparently was excluded from the open-ended speech assignment.

"You just cannot shut down student speech like that," states French, who explains that Lopez was well within the confines of his professor's assignment, and that the professor's actions not only constitute viewpoint discrimination but also comprise "retaliation" because he disagreed with Lopez's religious beliefs.

According to the ADF attorney, the professor was not yet finished. "When [Lopez later] complained about what was an obvious act of censorship, he was threatened with expulsion by that same professor," he says.

The speech professor is identified as John Matteson of Los Angeles Community College. ADF reports that after Proposition 8 (the marriage-related constitutional amendment) was approved on November 4, Matteson told his entire class: "If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist b_____d."

Ultimately Matteson refused to grade Lopez's November 24 speech, and wrote on the evaluation: "Ask God what your grade is."

That professorr should be fired. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech

Mac
02-16-2009, 10:58 PM
Thats hor**** of that "proffesor"

rockdawg21
02-16-2009, 11:11 PM
I'm sure this makes people better about sending their children to those liberal universities.

Jackass.

NateR
02-16-2009, 11:29 PM
It's incidents like this one that shows who the real hate-filled bigots are in this current culture war.

I've said it before, left-wing Liberals are the most intolerant and closed-minded people you will ever meet in your life.

medic92
02-16-2009, 11:53 PM
You have no idea how bad it really is. Watch "Expelled" by Ben Stein and you'll be horrified at how far the academic world has gone to suppress those who dare to believe in God.

NateR
02-16-2009, 11:58 PM
You have no idea how bad it really is. Watch "Expelled" by Ben Stein and you'll be horrified at how far the academic world has gone to suppress those who dare to believe in God.

I've seen that movie and that entire scenario is replaying itself in the Global Warming debate as well. Scientists who dare to question the validity of "Global Warming" find themselves ostracized and their grant money cut off.

rockdawg21
02-17-2009, 12:01 AM
My cousin told me professors tell students they should demand things from companies when they join the work force. Things like cell phones, PDA's, laptops, and higher wages. They tell the students because they had to stay in school for more years than their predecessors and because they costs are greater, they are entitled to these "extras". What's more pathetic is the number of hours to graduate hasn't changed, students just are taking less classes per semester.

Kinda surprised me, he somewhat agreed and he's one of the most conservative peeps I ever met. He was even an intern for Honorable Sam Graves last semester. However, I'll bet his stance on that has changed by now.

rockdawg21
02-17-2009, 12:02 AM
I've seen that movie and that entire scenario is replaying itself in the Global Warming debate as well. Scientists who dare to question the validity of "Global Warming" find themselves ostracized and their grant money cut off.
Yeah, but that's because Global Warming is real!

NateR
02-17-2009, 12:38 AM
Yeah, but that's because Global Warming is real!

I don't really believe that.

mikthehick
02-17-2009, 12:42 AM
I've said it before, left-wing Liberals are the most intolerant and closed-minded people you will ever meet in your life.

Yeah they make the right winged fundamentalists seem almost agreeable :laugh:

Josh
02-17-2009, 03:22 AM
I've seen that movie and that entire scenario is replaying itself in the Global Warming debate as well. Scientists who dare to question the validity of "Global Warming" find themselves ostracized and their grant money cut off.
When we were learning about Critical Thinking in my Psychology class my teacher used the example of people who don't believe in global warming as not being able to think critically. Hilarious.