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Tom Emmer: Hamline University Won't Let Pro-Marriage Professors Teach

 

Tom Emmer's pro-marriage views played a big role in his race for governor against Mark Dayton. Now he says Hamline University rescinded a job offer over his marriage views, as the Pioneer Press reports:

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is accusing Hamline University of caving to faculty opposition and reneging on an agreement for him to teach at its business school.

Emmer said Tuesday that the St. Paul school agreed to hire him for the job and to fill an "executive in residence" position earlier this fall. But, he said, the school backed away after a small group of staff, including business school professor David Schultz, objected to his political views, including his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Emmer said the school should admit it did not honor the agreement because staff did not want a conservative like him teaching there.

In a letter to Hamline President Linda Hanson, Emmer said, "Madam President, is there a requirement that every faculty member at Hamline conform on the issue of marriage? Is there only one point of view allowed? Is there no political or religious freedom recognized at Hamline? I thought the 'mission' at Hamline University was to educate - not to inculcate.''

... Emmer said, he read a Dec. 6 newspaper report that he had never been hired. He characterized the story as "outrageous and unnecessary.''

Among other things, it made a reference to Schultz saying faculty members were concerned Emmer was simply being selected by McCarthy, which goes against the faculty handbook, and that he held "political positions that were incompatible with the university's mission, specifically his stance on same-sex marriage.''

"Isn't this exactly what certain segments of our population call bullying?'' Emmer asked.