Lakeland Community College: Disciplining of Professor for Religious Speech

Category: Free Speech, Religious Liberty
Schools: Lakeland Community College

Lakeland Community College removed a professor of moral philosophy from his classes as punishment for refusing to hide his religious identity from students. The college threatened Dr. James Tuttle, who espouses traditional Catholic beliefs, with dismissal because he made statements on his syllabi and in class that disclosed his religious faith and how that shaped his personal philosophy. He is suing the school in response to its unconstitutional actions. Dr. Tuttle is represented by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, with the public campaign to defend Dr. Tuttle’s rights coordinated by FIRE, which first brought Dr. Tuttle’s case to national attention.

  • Tuttle Complaint

    February 01, 2004 | » Read More

    • Saying He Was Punished for Revealing His Faith, Adjunct Sues Ohio College

      July 26, 2004

      An adjunct professor of philosophy at Lakeland Community College has sued the Ohio college, saying it violated his First Amendment rights when it punished him for disclosing his religious beliefs to students in class. James G. Tuttle had taught at the college, which is outside Cleveland, for four years when a student complained, in the spring of 2003, to James L. Brown, dean of the division of arts and humanities, that Mr. Tuttle had referred to his Roman Catholic faith too often. Mr. Tuttle said this month that he was then stripped of his seniority, had his course load reduced, […]

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    • Tolerance Counseling

      February 9, 2004

      A philosophy professor at Lakeland Community College near Cleveland, Ohio, has been removed from his post for not disguising his deeply held Catholic beliefs, reports the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.   FIRE says James Tuttle’s troubles began in May 2003 when a student complained to administrators that the professor mentioned his Catholic beliefs too often in class and suggested that he needed “counseling for tolerance.”   Following the complaint, Dr. Tuttle added disclaimers to the syllabi of two of his classes informing students that the professor was “a committed Catholic Christian philosopher and theologian.” He also encouraged students who […]

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