‘Preaching’ in Biology Class?

June 28, 2023 1 min read

By Ryan Quinn
Inside Higher Ed

 

Excerpt: An adjunct professor who is also an associate pastor says a Texas community college fired him after it claimed to have received complaints of “religious preaching, discriminatory comments about homosexuals and transgender individuals, anti-abortion rhetoric and misogynistic banter.”

Varkey’s lawyers attached the termination letter to their own letter last week to St. Philip’s, saying a federal lawsuit is likely unless the college reinstates Varkey and admits to having violated federal and state laws.


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