Conservative Professor Who Was Denied Promotion Wins First Amendment LawsuitPosted: March 21, 2014
This is good news. Not surprising, I read about this when it the lawsuit first emerged, and was impressed by how solid Adams’ case is, his rights clearly violated, in a provable way. Which is not always very easy to demonstrate, and helps explain why there aren’t more cases like this.
The Daily Caller‘s Robby Soave reports:
First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views.
“To be able to speak freely without retaliation is a principle that should be a reality on campus and the jurors reassured that.”
— Travis Barham, attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom
Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com.
In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed.
The jury agreed.
Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech on public university campuses.
- VERDICT: Jury Finds University Retaliated Against Conservative, Christian Professor (thecollegefix.com)
- Conservative Prof wins discrimination lawsuit against UNC-Wilmington (legalinsurrection.com)
- TRIAL: Atheist Turned Christian Professor Denied Promotion (thecollegefix.com)
- Trial against UNC-Wilmington begins as Dr Mike Adams fights for his First Amendment rights (theglobaldispatch.com)
- Civil Trial Begins for UNC Professor Allegedly Denied Promotion Over Outspoken Christian Views (christiannews.net)
- NC: University stung by jury verdict over religious retaliation (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)