A jury has ruled that Prof. Teresa Wagner's First Amendment
rights were not violated when the University of Iowa denied her for
two teaching positions. The panel deadlocked on whether she was
denied protection under the 14th Amendment.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel explains that Wagner is suing the university because she feels she was
denied the two open jobs at the law school because of her support
for pro-life causes and traditional marriage.
"So for someone who's conservative, or a Republican,
or a Christian, it is often a very difficult task to break into
college teaching at any level," Staver explains.
Because the jury deadlocked on whether Wagner's 14th Amendment
rights were denied, the case may be retried or settled out of
court. So the Liberty Counsel founder says it is too early to draw
conclusions about this landmark case.
"It certainly is a significant case, and it's one that people in
higher education are watching. It is one that everyone knows about.
It happens all the time," Staver asserts.
"This one now is becoming more public because of the lawsuit
claiming that this individual was discriminated against and not
hired because of her Christian, pro-life and conservative
Other conservatives who claim they were passed over for jobs
because of their conservative views hoped Wagner would prevail,
as the evidence did suggest discrimination.