Catholic Culture reports: Following a student complaint, the University of Illinois refused to renew the contract of Dr. Kenneth Howell, an adjunct religion professor, who wrote in an e-mail that “Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY” and that “sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.” Dr. Howell, who taught courses on Catholicism at the university and was recognized for excellence in teaching in 2008 and 2009, wrote the e-mail to his students to help them prepare for their final exam; in the e-mail, he compared utilitarianism and the natural moral law. More here.
CatholicOnline’s Deacon Fournier also has an article on this travesty of justice. The article includes Professor Howell’s statement of the facts of the case. This victim of the most intolerant of all people, the bigoted exclusivists of anti-Catholic academia (and I do not exclude colleges that still use the Catholic name), is also a convert from Presbyterianism. He is now out of a job for teaching Catholic moral teaching in a course on Catholicism.
Deacon Fournier: Professor Howell is a victim of the “Dictatorship of Relativism” which Pope Benedict XVI warned of. This is an egregious violation of constitutional rights and overt censorship of speech unpopular to the Cultural revolutionaries who have grabbed the reigns of Western society. Warning to all who hold that truth exists in an age which has followed the pied piper of relativism. Read more here.