“I’m just a little bit shocked myself that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people who have been through college and have a master’s degree, a couple actually, have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job.”
I may be a little biased because I don’t believe in organized religion, but I totally agree with Bitterman on this one. That he was allegedly fired for giving his opinion on a story from the Bible is completely ridiculous and shows the beating freedom of speech has taken over the last few years.
It reminds me of Andrew Meyer being tasered last week at the John Kerry forum at the University of Florida for getting riled up when he was asking the senator a few questions. Meyer was doing nothing unconstitutional and wasn’t a danger to anyone, but paid a price for expressing himself, just as it seems Bitterman has.
The college, located in an historically Republican state, apparently feels it's dangerous to take into account the viewpoints of others and let professors deviate from the mainstream thought. I like to think nothing like this would ever happen in liberal Massachusetts, but with the state of this country right now, I’m not so sure.