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Saint Xavier University: Punishment of Professor for Anti-Military Comments

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Peter N. Kirstein, a tenured professor at Saint Xavier University in Illinois, was suspended after he responded to an email from a student at the Air Force Academy on the eve of the Iraq War. Professor Kirstein, a pacifist, expressed his disapproval of the military and foreign policy in his response to the student. FIRE drafted a letter to University President Richard Yanikoski about the case, while several other organizations also came out on behalf of Professor Kirstein, including the National Association of Scholars and the American Association of University Professors.