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Will an Admitted Catholic Be Supported by ACLU? Probably Not

Pat Hickey 13 July 2010 4 Comments

July 12, 2010 – 10:15 AM

Ed Yohnka ACLU Spokes-guy could not get back to me about whether or not The American Civil Liberties Union will take up the cause of Professor Kenneth Howell, the religion professor and Roman Catholic, fired for making Hate Speech in an e-mail response to a student – “Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY,” he wrote in the e-mail. “In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.”

According Professor Howell’s Department Head who tracked the e-mails, a friend of the student who posed the question was “offended” and deemed this hate speech.

Howell, a practicing Roman Catholic, teaches a course about Catholicism and Modern Culture. A student asks a question via e-mail. The student’s friend sees the e-mail, though he was not involved in the exchange. A University of Illinois colleague intercepts the ambush question and gets Ken Howell fired for promoting hate speech.

Hate Speech is a Progressive parlor game. It is bullied into law and is used to drive wedges between neighbors. Hate Speech is only important when Progressives determine for whom the Bell Shall Toll. It tolls for Catholics, it tolls for devout religious Jews, it tolls for any person who finds abortion a Prime Offence and it tolls for anyone who disagrees that marriage should be between “Non-Complementary” Human Beings.

Catholics, bishops down to little girls in First Communion dresses must shut up, or fully agree that gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and redistribution of wealth are just wonderful.

The Gay Advocacy Industry is on full boil as is their Progressive Overlords.

The San Francisco Based Beyond Chron – The Alternative In-Line Daily is pointed antagonistic and revealing –

“Kenneth Howell lost his job (his contract was not renewed) as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois teaching a course on “Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought,” because he may have gone far beyond merely presenting the Catholic Church’s view on homosexuality. Judging by an email he sent to his students, he pushed hard for them to buy the Catholic line that queers are inherently immoral. Instructing students on how to deal with questions about homosexuality in their final exam, Howell’s email described a sexual relationship between two men in which “one of them tends to act as the “woman” while the other acts as the “man.” In this scenario, homosexual men have been known to engage in certain types of acts for which their bodies are not fitted.”

Expounding on this, Howell, an admitted Catholic, wrote that “a physician has told me that these acts are deleterious to the health of one or possibly both of the men.” A physician? A single physician? . . . “

An “Admitted Catholic?”

I called the Illinois ACLU and could raise no human voice in response to my inquiries.

“This is Ed Yohnka, if you are a member of the media and happen to be on deadline, call me at (847) 687-XXXX which I did repeatedly.

July 12m 2001 – 10:07 AM
9:38 AM

Again at the ACLU ( 312) 207-9740 extension #3 at 9:41 AM
9:40 AM
8:45 AM
8:15 AM

The ACLU will not and has never in the past taken up the cause of an American Catholic in defense of his beliefs and under assault.

Hell, the ACLU is the Storm Troopers doing the assault.

UPDATE – July 12, 2010 -10:56 AM Ed Yohnka –“ I was in meetings all morning and I apologize for getting back so late. I am aware of the circumstance and only from newpapers –these issues are facts specific and the only facts are the one’s in paper. At this time the only facts that I am aware of come from the newspapers. We have not been contacted by anyone and we would reserve comment until we talked to someone. If you need any thing else, please call. . . .(312) ) 207-9740 extension XXX”

Ed Yohnka is a very gracious man. I doubt very much that the ACLU will take up the cause of Kenneth Howell.

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Pat Hickey is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer, and an admitted Catholic.

image Cardinal John Henry Newman

4 Comments »

  • Dan Kelley said:

    This case reminds of Thomas Klocek, an adjunct lecturer who was dismissed by De Paul University. Like Howell, who was charged by a student who was not even enrolled in his religion class, Klocek was not permitted to continue teaching on the basis of a complaint filed by students who expressed displeasure with the lecturer outside of the classroom. Klocek reportedly took exception to being handed an Anti-semitic phamphlet from pro-Palestinean students and told them that he disagreed with their politics. Afterwards, the students accused the professor of racism.

    Do not hold your breath on the American Civil Liberties Union stepping up on behalf of Howell. Despite distributing publicity posters seeking to equate the ACLU with the Bill of Rights for years,
    this organization routinely refused to acknowledge the existence of the 2nd, 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution and ignored the text of these amendments. Freedom of religion means freedom from religion to these people.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    It makes sense in the same manner that the Progressives embrace a KKK Cyclops Byrd, ignore Voter Intimidation by New Black Panthers, and make-up a racist skew to the Tea Party. It’s Dewey; it’s Progressive.

  • John Powers said:

    The Sun Times has spoken, in favor of Academic Freedom. The Bright One has it right…

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/2491352,CST-EDT-edit13a.article

  • Phil Krone said:

    There are several issues here. First of all, the Professor had an absolute right to express his opinion. There is hate speech. This doesn’t come even close. And when I said absolute, that is exactly what I meant in the Hugo Black, William Lind meaning of absolute.

    But there is another issue which muat be searched and that is one of tenure. Being let go and being fired are two different things. I really would like to know more about the situation and I think I could be a very fair mediator/arbitrator. But it is most certainly wrong to use the professor’s viewpoint as a reason to deny tenure.

    Mr. Hickey has done a service in bringing this to our attention. And by the way, my offer was pro bono. And I wold welcome John Powers to join me, who has no conflict or axe to grind and who is as intelligent and fair as they come.

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