TO: John Wilhite
FROM: Alan Sears, President
More “Intolerance” from the “Tolerant”…
Scott Savage considers himself to be a “plain Christian.” He’s a conservative Quakerwho eschews, to large extent, modern technology and embraces non-violence and peace in every area of his life. He is not someone who you would think would be accused of “sexual harassment.”
But Scott found himself in the crosshairs of the so-called “tolerant” at Ohio State University, Mansfield (OSU-M). Why? Because in his role as head reference librarian and a member of a committee that was supposed to choose a book list for incoming freshmen to read, he had the “audacity” to suggest that first year students read one of four books1 that suggested there were “two sides” to many current issues. He made this suggestion only after other members of the committee had suggested a series of left-leaning books, including those by Jimmy Carter and Maria Shriver.
That’s when the so-called “tolerant” showed their true colors. Scott was put “under investigation” by the university’s Office of Human Resources after three professors – two who openly practice homosexual behavior – filed a complaint of discrimination and harassment against him, claiming that his suggested book recommendations made them feel “unsafe.” One “offended” professor wrote in an e-mail: “I am…threatened that such mindless folks are on this great campus. I am, in fact, notifying the OSU-M campus, and Ohio State University, in general, that I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed.”
David French, head of ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom, sent a letter to school officials informing them of Scott’s constitutional rights and demanding that it stop its investigation. The letter can be read at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/OSUMansfieldletter.pdf. The school initially refused to drop the investigation, but after the story hit the national news media – with coverage by Hannity and Colmes, WorldNetDaily.com, and others - the school backtracked and dropped the charges.
But this story isn’t over. David says: “We’re certainly glad Scott has been exonerated, but by no means is this over. The damage to Scott’s career and reputation has been done. Ohio State University allowed its resources to be used in a campaign of slander and defamation. Scott’s exploring his options.” You can read David’s commentary on this case at: www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=22166.
This case again illustrates how far the so-called “tolerant” will go to intimidate and silence any dissenting viewpoint. It’s why ADF must have the resources to stand every place and every time our First Liberty – religious freedom – is under attack. Thank you for making so much possible through your prayers and support.
1The books were “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian, “The Professors,” by David Horowitz, “Eurabia: The Euro-Asia Axis,” by Bat Ye’or, and “It Takes a Family,” by Senator Rick Santorum.