Burn witches: What St. Joseph’s University is doing,
with great enthusiasm.
Today’s blacklist story is an update from a March 25 story. Then, St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania had merely suspended Professor Gregory Manco because he dared to publicly express opposition to the idea of paying reparations to blacks for something (slavery) that hasn’t existed in the U.S. for more than 150 years.
The university has now doubled down on that action by terminating Manco’s employment.
The biggest irony is that the school’s own investigation found that Manco had done nothing wrong.
A three-month investigation into the Twitter history of math Professor Gregory Manco has been concluded and Saint Joseph’s University administrators have determined that it is not possible to conclude the educator violated any campus policies. “The potential outcomes of an investigation include  a finding of more likely than not that a violation of policy occurred,  a finding of more likely than not that a violation of policy did not occur, or  no determination could be made,” Gail Benner, director of public relations for St. Joseph’s University, told The College Fix via email on Wednesday
“In this case, a definitive determination could not be made due to insufficient evidence,” she said.
Manco, a longtime assistant professor of math at the Philadelphia-based institution, said he feels vindicated and his suspension has ended.
Note the bureaucratic language the university uses in its announcement that Manco was innocent of violating any of its policies. It is as if they are making this announcement through gritted teeth, unhappy that this person, who happens to have opinions they oppose, can’t be tarred and feathered for those opinions.
Knowing that punishing him directly for doing nothing wrong would likely cost them a lot of money in court, the university simply punted for a few months and then did not renew Manco’s contract, effectively firing him.
Manco said he worries that the dispute will harm his professional reputation and remains convinced the decision was politically motivated. “The very fact that I am non-tenured makes it even more important that they be extra careful not destroying my reputation,” he said. “A tenured person can at least put his life back together while going back to his guaranteed job.”
“But for the University to subject me to this, and THEN show me the door for what is claimed to be an unrelated reason? How exactly do I explain to a prospective employer why I have no student evaluations in my last full time semester?”
Simply because he anonymously posted three tweets expressing opposition to the agendas of the academic left, the man has now been most effectively blacklisted. With most colleges controlled by intolerant leftists, Manco stands almost no chance of returning to a university classroom.
As I noted in March, while St. Joseph’s is a private Catholic university, it certainly gets government grants. Maybe the state legislature should rethink where that money is going.
Certainly, students and parents should rethink if they are considering attending this college. The administrators and faculty of St. Joseph’s do not believe in free speech, and instead support Stalinist tactics of oppression and censorship. No rational and civilized person should want to be educated by such people.
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