[Marxism] Adjunct loses job over antiwar email controversy
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Wed Nov 23 08:10:01 MST 2005
Adjunct in E-Mail Uproar Quits
John Daly an adjunct at Warren County Community College whose e-mail
message to a student set off a national controversy resigned on Tuesday.
The New Jersey colleges board was due to discuss Daly and his
controversial e-mail Tuesday evening. But the institutions president,
William Austin, issued a statement saying that Daly had quit late in the
day, and that the board had accepted his resignation. Austin also said that
tolerance training would be provided for faculty members.
The controversy over Daly arose from an e-mail message he sent to a student
who was organizing a pro-war lecture. Dalys e-mail said that real freedom
will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors and
fight for just causes and for peoples needs. He also wrote to the
student, head of the campus chapter of Young Americas Foundation, that I
will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups
like yours wont dare show their face on a college campus.
In interviews conducted as conservative groups organized a campaign to have
him fired, Daly stood by the substance of his e-mail. But he also said that
he thought he was sending the e-mail to an organizer for Young Americas
Foundation, and that he did not realize that he was sending the e-mail to a
The student, Rebecca Beach, had sent e-mail messages to faculty members
about her lecture. But Daly said that since she had sent her e-mail from a
personal account, and he had replied from a personal account, there was no
reason for the college to be involved. He also said in an interview on
Sunday that he was not advocating a literal revolt by soldiers, and that he
would have replied with a different tone had he realized he was
communicating with a student.
Daly did not respond to phone or e-mail messages last night seeking comment
on his resignation. Previously, he said that his critics were trying to
silence his anti-war views.
In his statement announcing Dalys resignation, Austin called the First
Amendment the most precious freedom all Americans share, and said that he
was committed to working unceasingly to protect the freedom of speech of
students and faculty members at the college. But he said that he also had
an obligation to enforce state laws and college policies to ensure that
all members of our college are free and encouraged to exercise their right
to free speech without fear of intimidation or retaliation.
Austin went on to say that the recent dispute between two members of our
college community adjunct instructor John Daly and a student representing
a new student club speaks clearly to the complexity of addressing these
issues in these difficult and controversial times.
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