Biblical viewpoint grounds for discrimination? UNCW thinks so

Monday, June 9, 2014
Bob Kellogg (

An attorney says the University of North Carolina at Wilmington needs to "move on with its business" and stop discriminating against a professor who is not shy about his Christian beliefs.

UNCW is appealing the jury verdict that in part said Criminology Professor Mike Adams' First Amendment rights were denied. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Travis Barham explains that the school discriminated against Adams because of his biblical viewpoint.


"They retaliated against him," Barham contends. "They denied him this promotion to full professor because they did not like the things that he was saying in his speeches and in that he was writing in his columns, and those often were aspects of his Christian beliefs and where he approached current cultural issues from a biblical and Christian perspective, often even criticizing higher education from a biblical conservative perspective."

The ADF attorney is disappointed that the school continues to waste taxpayer resources in this matter.

"UNC Wilmington should just recognize the fact and do what the court has ordered –- promote Dr. Adams, give him his back pay and move on with its business," Barham submits.

A federal district court ruled in favor of UNCW in 2010, but a federal appeals court overturned that ruling. The latter was upheld by a jury in March.

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