A far right wing wanker is suing Ohio State University for discrimination. I hate to say it, but if this account is at all accurate, he might have a case.
In 2006, Savage agreed to serve on a committee to determine required reading for incoming freshmen at the Mansfield campus.
Savage said the books considered by the committee were too liberal and suggested The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian.
Professors James F. Buckley and Norman W. Jones filed a sexual-harassment complaint against Savage, saying he was homophobic for suggesting the book. The complaint was dismissed as unfounded.
Because he continued to be harassed, Savage said, he was forced to resign.
Kupelian is a vile, dishonest hack, and his book, which is the usual tripe about a gay conspiracy to force college students to become atheist abortionists and communists, is unadulterated garbage of the sort peddled by Wing Nut Daily. To even suggest such a bad book reveals that Scott Savage is an incompetent ideologue, and that yes, he most certainly is a homophobe. I’d be socially snubbing such a person at my workplace, just as I would if he were to show up wearing KKK robes.
But being a homophobe isn’t a crime, and suggesting a rotten book (a suggestion that I’m sure was shot down without hesitation by the other members of the committee) isn’t sufficient grounds for a lawsuit. Unless there’s an awful lot more to Savage’s actions than are revealed in this story, it sounds like people did try to drive him out of his job.
Of course, my sympathy for the clown has limits. This exceeds them:
The suit says he is a devout Christian, married for 18 years and the father of eight. It says he has struggled to find library work since leaving OSU.
Lots of people at universities are Christian, many of them have been married for a long time (my 28th wedding anniversary was just yesterday), and although 8 children may be a little excessive, you’ll also find lots of people who love kids at universities — and you’ll also find gay communist atheists who love children and have long term relationships. That claim is irrelevant to his lawsuit and is the protest of a close-minded bigot who likes to toss out these nice testimonials to his purported goodness while denying that the people he demonizes might have very similar values.
So no sympathy for the ugly little hater from me, but I have to concede that at least one of the actions against him also crossed the line.