Mike Adams

TO: Edwin R. Massey, President, Indian River Community College: 772.462.4701
CC: Johnny Moore, VP of Student Affairs: 772.462.7788; jmoore@ircc.edu

Dear President Massey:

When I first heard your college had prevented a Christian student group from showing the film The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson, I was taken aback. When I learned your college had previously hosted a live performance entitled ?F*****g for Jesus,? I was disgusted by your school?s double standard. Now that I have learned administrators at your school yanked college students out of class demanding an apology for merely protesting your censorship, I am almost speechless.

Your recent effort to punish students for exercising the right ?to petition the Government for a redress of grievances? is the culmination of a disgraceful saga, which began with your attack on freedom of the press in November of last year. That was when your college rejected the Christian Student Fellowship?s (CSF) effort to post fliers advertising the showing of The Passion of the Christ.

Then, your administration childishly demanded that you and Mr. Moore receive letters of apology from the students who had protested your school?s decision. It appears that your lower administration is wholly unconcerned with the First Amendment rights of your students. Instead, they choose to defend your right to run the college without having your feelings hurt by reasoned criticism.

Your written policies state that Indian River Community College (IRCC) ?students are treated as mature adults.? Nonetheless, you treat them as children while modeling hypersensitive and childish behavior in your handling of this controversy.

Lori LaCivita, your Coordinator of Student Leadership Development, has recently demonstrated that your administration?s hypersensitivity is only exceeded by its arrogance. This is apparent in her demand for a letter of apology to you and Mr. Moore by CSF for simply addressing the college?s ?higher authority? without her permission.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.