Professor right to question 'gay' studies program

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
 | 
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

A California legal group is fighting for a professor who was investigated after he questioned his school's budget priorities following the installation of a "gay" studies program.

Officials at a community college in the Oakland, California, area investigated an instructor at the College of Alameda for a letter he wrote to a local newspaper questioning the college's budget priorities. A co-worker filed a complaint for sexual harassment when the professor's letter was published in the paper.

The Peralta Community College District has concluded it cannot punish the tenured instructor for questioning if the college wasted funds for adding a new degree program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies at a time when funds are tight.

McReynolds, Matthew (PJI)Matthew McReynolds, an attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute, says that the professor's criticisms were completely reasonable.

"This instructor did what citizens are supposed to do," the attorney states. "He reported and spoke out against what he saw as a waste of public resources.

"At a time when our community colleges in California are slashing classes that students need to graduate, this community college, the College of Alameda, was proposing to create new classes and something called a 'gay studies' program to produce activists for local advocacy groups."

McReynolds sent a letter to Peralta officials, asking them to uphold the professor's First Amendment rights.

Nearly five years ago, the College of Alameda suspended students for praying on campus, but a federal court decision ruled in favor of the students.

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