A college in Iowa has agreed to pay $25,000 to an adjunct professor who resigned after media coverage of controversial social media posts in which he indicated support for the militant leftist movement Antifa and a desire for “revenge” against evangelical Christians.
Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids confirmed that it has agreed to a settlement with former English professor Jeff Klinzman to avoid a First Amendment lawsuit over his departure from the school last August after concerns were raised about his controversial Facebook comments.
“Kirkwood Community College has reached a settlement agreement with former adjunct professor Jeffrey Klinzman, who disputed the circumstances surrounding his own resignation last summer,” according to a statement published by The Gazette.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for free speech rights on campuses, provided legal representation for Klinzman following his departure.
The advocacy group reports that the agreement was finalized last Friday. According to FIRE, the $25,000 settlement equals the approximate amount the college would have paid Klinzman to continue teaching for over three and a half years. Klinzman has served as an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood since 2010.
He resigned following a report from KCRG highlighting concerns on campus with the professor’s online rhetoric about President Donald Trump, Christians and Antifa.
Antifa is a movement made up of leftwing anti-fascist groups who aggressively oppose what they view as authoritarian movements and groups. At times, Antifa groups and actors have turned violent and engaged in confrontations with far-right protesters.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith