Since this has the potential to create a domino effect – one that could literally put the university out of business – I think that calls for termination should come from somewhere outside the university system. That is why I have offered to submit my discriminatory opinions regarding Robert Salem.
After reading this statement, I’ve decided Robert Salem is also lacking the intellectual fortitude to serve as a professor of law: “(Dixon) has a right to her religious views and she has a right to freedom of speech, but the university has a right to have someone in that position that is going to comply with the university’s diversity policy.” Salem’s statement is problematic for two reasons:
1. Constitutional rights are given to individuals to protect them from governments. They are not given to governments to protect them from individuals.
2. Public trials are supposed to follow, not precede, accusations of wrong-doing.
Aside from his obvious incompetence, Robert Salem suffers from elitist attitude that is at odds with the UT diversity mission. He recently stated that “Because Dixon is considered a staff member at UT … she is not entitled to the same academic freedom principles granted to the university’s faculty.”
Translation: “In speaking out, Mrs. Dixon was being an uppity Negro.”
This kind of statement is dangerous because it constitutes a discriminatory opinion. UT should therefore fire Salem in order to prevent job discrimination. After all, UT “has a right to have someone in that position that is going to comply with the university’s diversity policy.” (Hat Tip: Robert Salem of the University of Toledo).
Finally, President Jacobs, I would like for you to amend a statement you made earlier this year. The statement read: “University of Toledo employees can – and frequently do – speak with the media, except in cases where their statements or writing interfere with their ability to do their jobs.”
The statement should have read: “University of Toledo employees can – and frequently do – speak with the media, except in cases where their statements or writing interfere with the president’s political expression.”
I look forward to your timely response to my discriminatory opinion.