Mike Adams
In today’s column, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Alliance Defense Fund has now officially heard that Scott Savage has been cleared of sexual harassment charges. The bad news is that his clearance letter is quite strange. In fact, it raises new concerns about free speech at OSU-Mansfield.

The letter clearing Mr. Savage is dated April 6th but the envelope in which it was sent is postmarked April 18th. This raises some interesting questions. First of all, why would the university wait for twelve days – well after the case got national exposure - to send Scott Savage the letter? Also, is it possible that they backdated the letter to make it look like he was promptly exonerated? Furthermore, if the date is true, why would they let Scott worry about the matter for almost two more weeks?

The content of the clearance letter is also strange. In response to the complaint the university recommends such things as "discrimination/harassment training." The university says an initiative is needed to "promote frank, open and respectful discussion among faculty and library staff…" Who would you guess has volunteered to "spearhead" that effort? According to the letter, it is none other than Dr. Norman Jones.

For those who don’t remember, Dr. Jones was one of the faculty members who was allegedly “harassed” by Scott Savage. He was also the man who wrote the following in an e-mail:

I would add, however, that whatever book we choose should have some scholarly merit. The anti-gay book Scott Savage endorses (below) falsely claims that "the widely revered father of the 'sexual revolution' has been irrefutably exposed as a full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia." …By any scholarly standards, regardless of whether one is more conservative or liberal, this kind of claim is a Jerry-Springer-style anti-factual rabble-rousing that has no place in any university. I am frankly embarrassed for you, Scott, that you would endorse this kind of homophobic tripe."

Dr. Jones was also the one who put the “harassment” issue in front of the faculty with the following words:

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.