Illinois professor fired for doing his job by Sheila Liaugminas | 13 Jul 2010 Illinois professor fired for doing his job 1. Freedom of speech is at the heart of it, as is the effort yet again to attack legitimate expression of belief, expressed where? In a classroom setting that fosters intellecutal inquiry and critical thinking skills? 2. The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the churchs teaching that homosexual sex is immoral . 3. Fired for sending an e-mail explaining some Catholic beliefs to his students preparing for an exam. Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY, he wrote in the e-mail. In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same. 4. An unidentified student complained, on behalf of an offended student, (not sure why the offended student didnt speak for himself or herself ), that this was hate speech. Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing, the student wrote. Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another. 5. Compainant: "The courses at this institution should be geared to contribute to the public discourse and promote independent thought; not limit ones worldview and ostracize people of a certain sexual orientation. By the guiding lights of those who cry hate speech like this, public discourse and the engagement of independent thought is only welcomed if it agrees with their views. 6. Howell: My responsibility on teaching a class on Catholicism is to teach what the Catholic Church teaches, Howell said. I have always made it very, very clear to my students they are never required to believe what Im teaching and theyll never be judged on that.