Saturday, November 23, 2019

Free Speech Professor Indiana University

Dear Professor Kaufman,

Midwest has some common sense and law abiding.

Professors have freedom of speech and can keep their jobs.

Kelley School of Business
Indiana University

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/indiana-u-says-can-t-fire-professor-over-his-racist-n1089576

Indiana U. says can't fire professor over his 'racist, sexist, and homophobic' views

The university provost said she condemns "in the strongest terms,
Professor Rasmusen's views on race, gender, and sexuality,"
but that is not a reason to violate the Constitution.

An Indiana University professor blasted by his employer for "sexist, racist, and homophobic" views
penned a lengthy response to detractors,
reiterating his notions that gay men should not be K-12 teachers
and that women could indeed be "sluts."

Eric Rasmusen, a 60-year-old business and economics professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business,

created a web page to respond to what he called
"the 2019 kerfuffle in which the Woke crowd discovered"
his social media posts and other comments.

He also responds directly to the university's executive vice president and provost, Lauren Robel,
who earlier this week slammed his views
while also saying they constitute free speech protected by the First Amendment.

"Professor Eric Rasmusen has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist, and homophobic views,"

Robel said in her statement.
"I condemn, in the strongest terms, Professor Rasmusen's views on race, gender, and sexuality,
and I think others should condemn them."

But she said that "is not a reason for Indiana University to violate the Constitution of the United States."

Kelley School of Business Dean Idie Kesner also posted an open letter to students and staff,
criticizing Rasmusen but defending the school's stance:
"While many have called for the professor's dismissal,
there are legal reasons why the University cannot dismiss him over his postings.

Like all of us, Professor Rasmusen has First Amendment rights."

Rasmusen in his response, said,
"These insults no longer have much meaning."

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