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UPDATE: Babson College Fires Administrator Who Made Iran Bombing Comments

UPDATE: Babson College Fires Administrator Who Made Iran Bombing Comments

“At Babson College, the climate of freedom of expression feels like 2003 all over again.”

This administrator was initially placed on leave but has now been fired. FIRE sees this as a free speech issue and has released a statement.

From the FIRE blog:

Babson College abandons freedom of expression, fires professor over Facebook post criticizing Trump threat to bomb Iran cultural sites

At Babson College, the climate of freedom of expression feels like 2003 all over again. Today, the college announced its completion of a “thorough investigation” — which started yesterday — into an adjunct professor’s Facebook post. As a result of its investigation, the college has terminated the professor.

The professor’s post was a response to President Trump’s tweeted threat to target 52 Iranian sites, including cultural sites — a threat that drew criticism and eventual disavowal following commentary that the threat, if carried out, would constitute a war crime. Asheen Phansey, an adjunct professor and staff member at Babson College, posted on his personal Facebook page…

That drew the attention of a local gossip blog, which published screenshots of Phansey’s post, leading to critics on Twitter to call on the college to take action…

It strains credulity to read Phansey’s post as sincerely advocating violence. In political rhetoric, figurative and hyperbolic language have been familiar tools for centuries, and Phansey’s post is quite obviously a criticism — not endorsement — of threats of violence, mixed with snark about American culture…

And while Babson College is a private institution, and thus not bound by the First Amendment, it does promise its faculty and students that Babson College will respect their freedom of expression.

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And while Babson College is a private institution, and thus not bound by the First Amendment, it does promise its faculty and students that Babson College will respect their freedom of expression.

Faculty and students, but apparently not administrators.

FIRE is of course correct that if this were a government school the first amendment would have protected him.

Unless this is some kind of unicorn conservative school he was fired because he could hurt their bottom line and no other reason.

You can be fired at a public school for saying all sorts of stupid crap too.

    Babson has been a prestigious school for a long time. I doubt if they want their reputation dragged thru the mud by some loose cannon on deck.

    I understand that the loon has the same freedom of speech as the rest of us but prudence and maturity ought to provide sufficient restraint to avoid implicating others.

    As himself, he was just another moonbat running off at the mouth. Associating himself with Babson is a cheap shot at seeking credibility where he otherwise had none.

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