Dear Provost Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Over the course of the last several months, Kent State University has been trying to handle a firestorm of negative publicity resulting from its continued employment of pro-terrorist professor Julio Pino. In defense of Pino, your university has asserted that his violent rhetoric is not only protected by the First Amendment but also irrelevant to his employment because he expresses those views on his own time. But, recently, I’ve found that simply isn’t the case.
Yesterday, I took the time to log on to www.RateMyProfessors.com to see whether there was any evidence suggesting Pino was spreading anti-Semitic and anti-American rhetoric in the classroom. I also wondered whether he was one of those History professors more into teaching about his present political views than teaching about the past.
Here’s what I found:
“This guy is an idiot! Completely illogical...does not tolerate any views other than his own...hates Christians and intolerant of Christian values...”
Since the above comment was written on the day one of my columns about Pino was released, it should, in all fairness, be ignored. But consider the following comment, which was written before I exposed Pino in the national media:
“Definately a jihad boy in training. I think he's more the suicide bomber type though. If you think we are kidding, take this wackjob for class.”
And there were other students concerned that Pino had violent tendencies as well. The following comment was also written before I exposed Pino:
“I swear this guy is going to turn out to be the leader of a major terrorist group, he clearly hates America and capitalism.”
The following student gave Pino the lowest possible rating and also said this about what professors should be doing in the classroom:
“Challenge your values, not attempt to brainwash you as Pino does.”
And, finally, right after one commenter dubbed Pino the “worst teacher ever,” another had this to say about his classroom advocacy for the killing of innocent Jews:
“This guy hates America. He used to be an avowed Communist, but now embraces Radical Islam. Considers suicide bombers in Palestine to be heroes. He'll run to anything anti-American like a brainless sheep. He's a fraud; if he hates it here, then (he should) get out.”
It is little surprise that a man named Mike Brown wrote the following note to me in defense of Julio Pino: