Now you can be ousted from your job just for holding traditional, conservative American political views.
It’s happened to Dr. Karen Siegemund, president of the American Freedom Alliance, who was booted from her math-teaching position at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a private K-12 school in southern California.
The school explained, according to a GoFundMe page set up on Siegemund’s behalf, ” … [O]ne of your speeches as the leader of the American Freedom Alliance states: ‘Each of us here, believes in the unparalleled force for good that is Western Civilization, that is OUR heritage, whether we were born here or not.'”
“Karen lost her job because she was ‘teaching while conservative,'” said Michael Greer, who set up the page to help the teacher fight back.
Siegemund’s plight has caught the attention of right-leaning figures across America.
Dave Sussman at Ricochet opined: “Keep in mind, this is an institution of learning where teachers are allowed to wear ‘Resist’ t-shirts in the classroom.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had Siegemund as his guest on a recent television show.
“It’s kind of shocking, isn’t it,” the 20-year teaching veteran told Huckabee.
“Because of my outside activities, I was told my contract would not be renewed. I praised Western Civilization, and how it’s brought the greatest good to the most number of people, and we are all its beneficiaries, including those not even from here, and that was deemed hostile.”
Huckabee seemed incredulous at the reason for Siegemund’s ouster.
“Surely you did not just get fired just because you believe in Western Civilization?” he pressed.
“No, I did,” she replied.
“I see myself as an educator,” Siegemund explained, “and I want all my students to learn critical thinking, to explore, to be skeptical, to value those things that we value, to grow as an individual, that’s always been my stance, which I guess is also problematic. Because there are other teachers who denigrate the president in the classroom, who wear ‘resist’ T-shirts, who promote all kinds of various leftist policies in the classroom — that’s apparently fine — because their contracts have been renewed.”
“I even hesitated to wear anything with an American flag, not hesitated — I did not wear anything with an American flag on it — for fear of that being sort of too subversively patriotic … But I have promoted freedoms and independent thought.”
Editor’s note: Contact information for Siegemund’s former school, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, can be found here.
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