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 felt uncomfortable with his views to talk to him outside of class.


Administrators said they were troubled by the disclaimer and suggested that Dr. Tuttle would “be happier in a sectarian classroom.” His course load (and pay) was subsequently reduced and his classes were monitored by a fellow professor.

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