Warning him that “retaliation in any form is prohibited,” Ohio State University yesterday officially informed a Christian librarian that charges of sexual harassment leveled at him by two homosexual professors – just for recommending “The Marketing of Evil” to the freshman class – were without merit.
In what has been widely reported as one of the most bizarre cases of campus mistreatment of Christians, Scott Savage was condemned by a 21-0 faculty vote (with nine abstentions) on March 13 to be formally investigated for sexual harassment. Several professors had become extremely upset over Savage’s nomination of David Kupelian’s acclaimed but controversial best-seller, which includes a chapter exposing the marketing strategies and tactics of the “gay rights” movement.
Savage is a pious Quaker who works as head of Reference and Instructional Services at the Bromfield Library on Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus.
In a March 9 inter-faculty e-mail, J.F. Buckley, one of the accusing professors, had reacted this way to Savage’s recommendation that “The Marketing of Evil” be required reading for incoming freshmen: “As a gay man I have long ago realized that the world is full of homophobic, hate-mongers who, of course, say that they are not. So I am not shocked, only deeply saddened – and THREATENED – that such mindless folks are on this great campus. … You have made me fearful and uneasy being a gay man on this campus. I am, in fact, notifying the OSU-M campus, and Ohio State University in general, that I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed.”
However, in a letter dated April 6 – but mysteriously not postmarked until April 18, and received by Savage yesterday – the university informed Scott Savage that the faculty had overstepped their bounds:
Dear Mr. Savage:
On March 16, 2006, Gary Kennedy, Associate Professor and Faculty President, filed an allegation of discrimination/harassment complaint on behalf of Norman Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and James Buckley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, all of whom are faculty members of The Ohio State University Mansfield regional campus, against you.
Based on the statements, interviews and documentary evidence provided into this inquiry, it is determined there is no finding of discrimination/harassment on your part.
However well intentioned the actions of Professors Jones and Buckley, the fact remains their claims of discrimination and/or harassment based on your suggestion of a book does not meet established university policy criteria for filing such a claim. …
If the complaint violated “established university policy criteria,” why did the entire faculty vote in favor of the claim?
“I’d say it’s for the same reason about a third of the faculty completely abstained from voting,” commented Kupelian. “Those nine faculty members knew the charges of sexual harassment against this poor librarian were ridiculous and that they couldn’t vote yes. But they also didn’t want to be accused by the rest of the faculty of being homophobes and bigots. So they didn’t vote. The entire faculty – those who voted yes, and those who abstained from voting – wanted to be certain they were not tarred as haters and Neanderthals.”
“Those nine abstentions are just one more proof that the OSU Mansfield campus is a place of fear and intimidation, not one of openness, robust inquiry and free speech as the faculty members imagine,” Kupelian added.
“What boggles my mind,” said David French, lead attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, which has taken up Savage’s case, “is that nobody voted against accusing a librarian of sexual harassment for recommending a book.”
After informing Savage the allegations were unfounded, the letter suggested a new round of anti-discrimination and harassment training was in order.
“What colleges normally do in this situation,” explained French, “is to first do what is necessary to defuse the immediate crisis. Then they go into the ‘re-education process,’ where they bring in the experts to discuss how hurtful and painful it is when people discuss Judeo-Christian morality on campus.”
Indeed, among the letter’s “Recommendations” was this:
Promote frank, open and respectful discussion among faculty and library staff, in particular and among all staff in general. Dr. Jones had indicated that maybe he could be a liaison person to spearhead this effort.
Ironically, Jones – who had just falsely accused Savage of sexual harassment, and strongly attacked Kupelian’s book – was being suggested as the point man responsible for leading the faculty in “open and respectful discussion” of differences.
More ominously, the letter to Savage – signed by T. Glenn Hill of the university’s Office of Human Resources – appears to end with a warning to the party who had been falsely accused:
… keep in mind that retaliation in any form is prohibited, per university, state and federal law.
But as WorldNetDaily reported, attorney French says the damage to his client’s reputation and career has been done. In fact, Savage has already filed a complaint against the three professors for false accusations of harassment, and he is discussing with ADF a more “substantial” response – including possible litigation.
“Ohio State University allowed its resources to be used in a campaign of slander and defamation,” said French, adding Savage “wants to do something substantial to deter any future tyranny or bullying of others.”
Released in August, “The Marketing of Evil” has been widely praised by Dr. Laura, David Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, D. James Kennedy and many others and garnered over 100 five-star reader reviews on Amazon.com.
As a direct consequence of being “banned” as “hate literature” and “homophobic tripe” by the OSU faculty, “The Marketing of Evil” has become one of the hottest-selling books in the country, topping Amazon.com’s “Current Events” bestseller chart for more than a week.
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