A professor who was dismissed from a community college for essentially advocating for a genocide against evangelical Christians is receiving a large payout after a lawsuit was filed alleging that the professor’s 1st Amendment rights were violated.
Jeff Klinzman, 62, was fired from Kirkwood Community College (KCC) last year after telling a media outlet that “I am antifa,” showing his solidarity with the left-wing terrorist organization. This was far from the only inflammatory and hate-filled comment that the man ever made publicly.
According to a Campus Reform report, Klinzman wrote that “this is what the country will come to if we don’t stop Evangelical Christians,” before quoting a poem endorsing a Christian genocide. The poem reads: “Kill them all, and bury them deep into the ground, before millions more are tortured to death.”
“It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what Evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage and a desire to exact revenge,” he said.
KCC removed him from the classroom out of the fear that this genocidal lunatic could act on his violent rhetoric against a young person with opposing political beliefs.
“Our decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom has nothing to do with the substance of his views or his right to express them. Rather, our decision is based solely on our commitment to fostering a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” KCC President Lori Sundberg said in a statement.
At first, Klinzman took his medicine like a man and stepped down from his position voluntarily.
He wrote in an email: “Due to the controversy surrounding reporting about my activism, and in the interest of preserving the safety of the Kirkwood campus, its students, faculty, and staff, I resign my position as a member of the English faculty effective immediately.”
However, Klinzman reconsidered after the libertarian group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) rallied on his behalf. FIRE took up Klinzman’s case and helped to negotiate a payout from the KCC worth $25,000, which amounts to more than three years of the annual salary that Klinzman would have received if he remained teaching at the community college.
“Public colleges simply cannot fire professors because a small, vocal group of people online get upset. We are grateful that we were able to work with Kirkwood to resolve this matter and secure a good result for Jeff,” said Greg Harold Greubel, staff attorney for FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project in a statement from the organization.
FIRE is calling their lawfare efforts assisting militant communists to indoctrinate young people with genocidal ideologies on college campuses a victory for freedom.
“Ultimately, this is a victory for Jeff. More broadly, we hope that Jeff’s story will remind colleges that all of their professors have the right to express their political opinions online, and FIRE will be ready to act if colleges violate those expressive rights,” Greubel said.
KCC made it clear that they just settled with Klinzman to prevent the litigation from costing the university further, which unfortunately tends to happen frequently in a legal system with a desperate need for tort reform.
“The college remains confident in how sensitive issues were managed related to his resignation at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. With this matter now settled, Kirkwood avoids potentially lengthy and costly litigation to defend itself and can keep its attention focused on educating students,” the college stated.
“Kirkwood is pleased to put this matter behind the institution as it moves forward with its continued commitment to creating a learning environment where free speech and academic freedom can thrive,” they added.
Campus Marxists are protected to spread their hateful ideologies, and the courts are gamed – thanks to groups like FIRE – to protect them as they undermine the foundation of America.