A major benefactor claims that the Dean of the University of Montana’s Journalism School objected to her selection of a speaker based on opposition to his conservative views.
According to KGVO, Maria Cole is the benefactor for the Cole Memorial Scholarship, which includes an annual event called the Jeff Cole lecture. Every year, Cole invites someone to speak at the lecture, and this year she selected Mike Adams, a University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor who also writes for Townhall.com.
Adams is also known for a winning a 2014 First Amendment case alleging that UNC-W had denied him a promotion based on his conservative politics, which Cole cited as her primary reason for inviting him to address journalism students.
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Yet Cole claims that after inviting Adams to deliver this year’s lecture, she met opposition from the Dean of Journalism Larry Abramson.
“The Journalism School is not excited about my inviting Dr. Adams to campus and they have strongly encouraged me to select another speaker,” Cole told KGVO, noting that “I have already contracted to have Dr. Adams here and the previous nine years there have never been objections to my selection for a lecture so I find it a bit unusual now that this different voice is not welcome.”
In an email to Cole that was obtained by KGVO, Abramson expresses concern about “the risk of offending students,” pointing out that Adams “is pretty extreme in his views” but conceding that “we can still have a conversation with him if you want.”
The email cites Adams’ “opposition to tolerance of transgender accommodations” as evidence that “he appears to be siding with Christians in the ‘culture war,’” mentions “his efforts to make sure that abortion providers give time to Christian speakers, in the interest of freedom of speech,” and also links to a satirical article written by Adams on why he is “Banning Illegal Aliens From My Classes.”
When contacted by KGVO, Abramson insisted that his “chief concern” was simply that Adams is not a journalist, but then proceeded to reiterate his objections to the professor’s political views, declaring that Adams “has attacked members of the LGBTQ community in public forums and, in my view, bel
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