Location: Willoughby, Ohio
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Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
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December 5, 2003
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.» Read More
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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, […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More
March 14, 2006
FIRE’s press release today announces a tremendous victory for religious liberty throughout the 13 schools in the University of Wisconsin System. Since last November, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has been under attack for a policy that banned RAs from leading Bible studies—or studies of any other holy book—in their dorm rooms, on the grounds that open religious practice might make RAs less “approachable.” After six months of pressure from FIRE, the UW system’s Board of Regents finally settled the controversy on Friday by approving a policy that gives RAs the right to “participate in, organize, and lead […]» Read More