An adjunct professor at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Community College was dismissed from his position for saying “God” in a farewell letter he wrote to students who completed his class this spring.
But he’s fighting back.
College administrators fired astronomy professor Dwight “Mitch” Anderson after a former student sent them a copy of the “offensive” letter together with a list of complaints he had against Anderson’s teaching practices, according to Campus Reform.
But the whole thing started as a blackmail scheme by a student looking for a better grade, Anderson told the publication.
At the close of the spring semester in 2013, he said, he brought copies of a book called “Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good is Good Enough?” for each of his students. It’s a book Anderson acknowledges “was clearly Christian.”
But he said the students could either accept or decline the book, and it wouldn’t have affected their grade.
“One student called me about it and said that if I didn’t do something about his grade, then he would go to the administration about the book,” Anderson said. “I didn’t do anything about the grade, so he went to the administration, and that was my first offense.”
When the blackmail scheme didn’t work, the student complained to school administrators, who then told Andrson not to do anything “overtly Christian” from that point forward.
The farewell letter to his students that led to his dismissal closed with the statement: “If each of us, little by little with God’s help, can incorporate these foundation stones of goodness into our lives, we will find an anchor for our lives, which will result in a deep and lasting satisfaction through life, and allow us to influence the world for good as we live out our lives.”
Sounds pretty innocuous, as it did to “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Tucker Carlson, who invited Anderson to the show Sunday.
Speaking of the book he’d offered students in 2013, Carlson observed, “If it had been, of course, an atheist book, or a book promoting Santeria, you would have been perfectly fine.”
Referring to Obama pal and former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers, who recently retired as a University of Illinois professor, Tucker said, “promoting violence against the United States is obviously not a bar to employment, but telling people, in effect, ‘have a good day’ is.”
Anderson closed by stating he’s fighting the college’s action. He’s used his Facebook page to post letters written by former students to the county commissioner who also serve’s on the college board, and on the advice of counsel he engaged the teachers union to act on his behalf.
“I’d like a fair hearing,” he told Carlson.
Watch the interview, via Fox News.
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