One of the nation's most vocal and involved civil liberties attorneys says a longtime instructor may have legal recourse against the Christian liberal arts university that dismissed him because he refused to remove from YouTube a religious song he wrote and performed.
Jim Spiegel, a professor at Indiana's Taylor University for 27 years, was fired in August for refusing to remove his song titled "Little Hitler" from YouTube. Even though Taylor is a private school, not bound by the First Amendment, John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute thinks Spiegel may have legal recourse.
"I listened to the song … and I didn't see anything in the song that was contrary to Christianity," Whitehead reports. "It's basically saying … the concept that we're all sinners and could get out of control, and I thought it was an excellent statement in the song."
According to Campus Reform, the university has censored conservative voices on its campus in the past, despite its evangelical Christian identity. Whitehead believes the school has a problem with political correctness.
"Christian schools across the country should be stepping back against political correctness and stepping in the frontline and showing the American people they stand for freedom of speech and protection of the Bill of Rights," the attorney contends. "Unfortunately, Taylor University is not doing that."
The Institute is planning to get in touch with Spiegel to see if he would like to pursue this further.