Professor: Students Want Me Out Because I’m a Conservative Christian
More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition calling for the suspension of Carol Swain, a political science and law professor at Vanderbilt University.
Now, Swain is fighting back, telling Steve Doocy on “Fox and Friends” that their accusations are “full of lies.”
Those who wrote the petition claim that Swain has unfairly graded down students who are gay or non-Christian.
Swain rejected that argument, saying, “No student has ever accused me of discrimination that’s been in my classroom. The students behind the petition are students that don’t know me.”
“They’re out to get me because I’m a conservative Christian,” she said.
Swain added that an official university statement on the petition made her “feel very uncomfortable.”
“It bothers me that the chancellor of the university sent out a statement that pretty much accepted it as true, what the students were saying,” she said.
Those protesting have demanded that campus administrators hold diversity training for all faculty members “to foster inclusion of various identity groups.”
“They’re attacking tenured conservative professors, trying to have us ousted from the university,” said Swain in response. “And that’s sad, because this was a nation that was founded on free speech, freedom of religion, and we’re not getting that.”
Swain, who returned after a two-semester sabbatical, sparked protests by students in January when she penned a newspaper editorial on radical Islam following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.