Intolerance Police Strike in NJ

July 25, 2005

Jihad Daniel, a student employee at William Paterson University in New Jersey, got an unsolicited e-mail from Professor Arlene Holpp Scala, chairwoman of the department of women's studies.

It was an invitation to view and discuss a film described as "a lesbian relationship story."

Daniel responded privately in a return e-mail, requesting he not be solicited in the future with "any mail about 'Connie and Sally' and 'Adam and Steve.'"

"These are perversions," he wrote March 8. "The absence of God in higher education brings on confusion. That is why in these classes the Creator of the heavens and the earth is never mentioned."

Two days later, Scala filed a complaint with the university's Office of Employment Equity and Diversity, accusing Daniel of violating university nondiscrimination policy because his message "sound[ed] threatening." The little twit said she didn't want to "feel threatened at [her] place of work when [she] send[s] out announcements about events that address lesbian issues...

Schools: William Paterson University Cases: William Paterson University: Punishment on Harassment Charges for Response to Mass E-Mail