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Galludet Universtiy suspends official for signing petition
- Duration 5:42
- Date Oct 21, 2012
Galludet Universtiy suspends official for signing petition
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While there is another showdown over conservative politics in higher education right here in Washington.
An Islamic Haskell an administrator at talent at university was placed on leave after officials discovered.
That she's signed a petition at her church to put the issue of same sex marriage on the ballot in Maryland.
Tony Perkins president of the family research council says the perfect example of intolerance in -- name.
A tolerance he joins us now -- be defeated -- Tony.
Good morning what do you make of this case involving -- castle in the fact that.
It was discovered that she -- after she heard a sermon at her church she signed this petition it doesn't say whether you're for or against same sex marriage it simply says I want the issue to be on the back.
-- just shows the the hypocrisy in the academic world where they scream for tolerance but there is no tolerance for those who don't abide by the liberal line of thinking.
I wanna read a statement from.
In part I'm sending this communication indicate forcefully that -- at university would like to work with its chief diversity officer.
Doctor -- the -- to enable her to return to the community from her administrative leave.
Doctor McCaskill has been -- can continue to be a valued member of this community.
We're very much interested in working with everyone to come to a shared understanding in an environment that allows the committee to rebound.
And move forward -- I -- -- -- working out.
Yet if she apologizes and says I wouldn't support traditional marriage that look this is that this this should be frightening to every American.
This is not just about.
The freedom of speech it's the ability to hold a job.
As well if you don't.
A big go along with the liberal line of thinking this is not just about.
The marriage altar for same sex couples this is about altering the fundamental rights of Americans the freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Is at stake in this debate and it's unfolding right before our eyes.
I think it's been interesting to see people from all over the political spectrum make that point come to her defense in saying.
Whether you agree with her or not this is the United States of America and the First Amendment and freedom of association freedom of religion almost things are very important.
-- witnesses at this is terrible for them from the other side's perspective those who -- trying to redefine marriage because this is the type of stuff they wanna keep bottled up until.
Marriage laws are changed because they want to say even in this case the governor.
Push forward when they would do this and legislature last spring in Maryland.
They they ensured that religious freedom would be protected but we're seeing now when Americans are being forced down this -- of same sex marriage.
There is no protection for religious freedom there's no -- protection for the freedom of speech and here.
Once again this is not an isolated vacation.
We're seeing someone else's livelihood put its stake simply because they exercise their rights as an American.
-- what do you say to those who are concerned because she's the chief diversity officer there a talent -- university where there is.
A very viper and I understand in very full.
LG BT community and those who say we're worried that if she would be fighting against same sex marriage that she's not gonna help us as students in and represented us well and treat us fairly she's the chief diversity officer.
Indeed Aaron there -- is -- -- diversity officer and inclusion officer and that means includes everybody in her record as I understand it has been.
-- without question that she has sought to include everyone in the community and look let's be very clear everybody has.
Fundamental basic rights but that does not include the right to redefine marriage or take away other citizens' ability to participate in the process.
And this is what we're saying it's an organized effort.
To intimidate and scare people from simply.
Voting in an election to uphold the natural and traditional definition of marriage and again.
Regardless of what side people may be on the chance whether they're for same sex marriage or not for same sex marriage they should all be concerned.
That what is really in the cross hairs here.
Our fundamental basic.
Rights as Americans the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.
How far do you think this could go this discussion about silencing.
Political viewpoints -- personal beliefs that an employer doesn't agree well I think this is is again this is a PR nightmare from those for those trying to redefine marriage.
Document castles between three year veteran on staff there she's the first.
Death African American woman to secure a doctorate degree there and tell -- that university she is a stellar record.
And now simply because at her church.
She signed a petition.
To allow the citizens of Maryland and she was one of over 200000.
-- these petitions.
Simply saying let the people vote on something as fundamental as marriage.
Her job is in jeopardy and I think with 200000 people having -- -- that one petition in particular there may be others worried about what happened there workplace because these names are public.
It is that's actually true it's happening in Washington State has happened in name is happening California with -- -- again.
You see those who take a stand for traditional marriage there is an organized effort to intimidate and to scare them there's reports of people in Maryland whose names.
Were released and put up onto a website people would drive into their yards and scream and Holler at them call them bigots and -- folks.
But I think the American public is smarter than that.
That's why we see a discrepancy in these early polls compared to the actual elections.
The marriage amendments in the states that have had -- the third 29636.
Eventually had marriage amendments.
Have on average under poll by seven to 8%.
Are catching on to this intimidation but when they have the security of the ballot box they vote their conscience.
Well we should all be free to do that Tony Perkins and the research council is good -- -- -- sanctions.