“In the future, we obviously in the conservative movement have to do much bigger things. We have to start taking over universities,” said Mr. Mike Adams, who also is a columnist at Townhall.com. “When you hear about a liberal cesspool like Sweet Briar College [in Virginia] going broke—conservatives need to buy them. We need our own universities because the fact of the matter is we’re battling against extinction.” Valerie Richardson
Conservatives say court a harsh first step in academic bias battle
Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, March 30, 2015, p. 13
Her lawsuit against the University of Iowa College of Law, in which she accuses the school of denying her a promotion over her conservative beliefs, has dragged on for six years. The case has taken a toll on her family and her finances, and she is running out of money to pay her legal bills.
Ms. Wagner is still working at the university although no longer as a part-time legal writing instructor. In November, she was reassigned to the library after she told university officials that she found a supervisor nunmaging through her backpack.
“She’s working in a stack of books in the main library basically, with no interaction with people at all,” said her attorney, Stephen Fieweger.
The Supreme Court’s March 9 refusal to hear the university’s appeal ensures Ms. Wagner a new trial after the first one, in 2012, ended in a hung jury. Her chances look good, given that jurors from the first trial told The Des Moines Register that they agreed she faced political discrimination but were uncomfortable finding a former dean personally responsible.
Still, even if Ms. Wagner prevails at trial and conservatives win the battle, there is little doubt they are losing the war. Those in the trenches say the assault on conservative ideas in higher education continues despite high-profile legal victories by academics over viewpoint bias. Continue reading