But Kevin Casimer’s petition to have Chapman fired is a direct form of discrimination. And that is why he, not Chapman, should be removed from Purdue University.
Many are praising Yvonne Pitts, an assistant professor of history, for supporting Chapman's right to express his views. The reason they are doing so is because Pitts is a lesbian defending speech, which has been seen as anti-gay.
This whole incident demonstrates the pathetic state of free speech in higher education. That we are actually praising a college professor for simply believing in the First Amendment is sad. No one ever evidences belief in the First Amendment by defending beliefs with which she agrees. True belief in the First Amendment is only revealed by our willingness to defend those with whom we disagree. If Pitts, a true believer in free speech, is exceptional then, clearly, our educational system is not.
Nonetheless, First Amendment opponent Kevin Casimer has said that he and other likeminded bigots will continue a campaign against Chapman until the university “responds.” And so I am responding to him by starting the “Expel Kevin Casimer” petition today. To add your name, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Expel Kevin Casimer” in the subject line.
Kevin Casimer believes offensive speech is a basis for removal from a university. So join me in letting him know how offensive his speech is to most Americans. Then perhaps he can speak freely and explain the irony of saying the same rules do not apply to those who declare Holy War against “discrimination” and “intolerance.”