When Rebecca Beach, a freshman at Warren Community College in New Jersey e-mailed faculty announcing a campus program yesterday featuring decorated Iraq war hero Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, the response she got from one English professor took her aback.
English professor John Daly replied: “Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors.”
Daly added that he would ask his students to boycott the event and also vowed “to expose [her] right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like [Rebecca’s] won’t dare show their face on a college campus.”
Besides organizing the event, Beach’s offense was hanging up fliers contrasting the number of people killed under communism to those liberated under the late President Ronald Reagan, according to Young America’s Foundation, which came to Beach’s aid.
In response to the written tirade, Beach is demanding that Warren Community College President William Austin institute seminars on free speech and sensitivity to teach intolerant faculty members to be respectful of differing opinion.
The college has posted a statement on its website repudiating Prof. Daly’s comments.
The viewpoints of this professor in no way depict the views of Warren County
Community College, its administration, or the Board of Trustees. The College does however
support the constitution, the first amendment, and the right to free speech.
Additionally, Mr. Daly’s message was sent as a one-to-one message, via e-mail, to
one person, and not to the college community. Finally, the College is viewing this message
as a personnel issue and will be addressing it according to the policies and procedures of
Daly’s e-mail also claimed that “capitalism has killed many more” people than communism and that “poor and working class people” are recruited to “fight and die for EXXON and other corporations.”
“John Daly was hired to teach English, not to verbally attack students and lead leftist protests,” said Jason Mattera, spokesman for Young America’s Foundation.