U of Ill. Instructor Fired Over His Catholic Beliefs

-By Warner Todd Huston

A University of Illinois instructor of the school’s Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought course was fired at the end of last semester because he had the temerity to send a student an email that explained the Catholic doctrine against homosexuality.

In the email, professor Ken Howell of Champaign wrote, “Natural Moral Law says that Morality must be a response to REALITY. In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same.”

The thought police at U of I decided that no teacher that taught Catholic theory had better EVER be a real Catholic that actually holds Catholic beliefs. Why, it would be unseemly, don’t you know?

The anti-intellectual student went whining to school authorities after he was made to see an opinion with which he does not agree from a class about religion. One wonders why this mentally retarded student was even taking the class?

Professor Howell tried to explain what he felt about his role was as a teacher.

“My responsibility on teaching a class on Catholicism is to teach what the Catholic Church teaches,” Howell said in an interview with The News-Gazette in Champaign. “I have always made it very, very clear to my students they are never required to believe what I’m teaching and they’ll never be judged on that.”

Imagine teaching a student about the actual ideas contained in a doctrine! It’s outrageous!

He complained, of course, but he was fired anyway.

So much for schools that foster intellectual exploration and truth.

But that is the left-wing educational system we’ve been saddled with since the turn of the last century, isn’t it? Only atheism, socialism, leftism, communism, anti-Americanism, feminism, homoerotica and a fascistic quashing of free speech… only these are acceptable doctrines for our schools to disseminate, of course.

Anyone that sends their child to a public school must understand by now that they will get a mentally stunted person in return.


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  • It's a bit of stretch to call the student an "anti-intellectual" and "mentally retarded." For anyone who teaches any college level religion class, its never a good idea to speak in absolutes and that what I say goes. Religious texts are up for interpretation, that's kind of the point.

    What he did went from teaching to preaching. And what kind of (to use your hyperbolic terminology) "anti-intellectual" professor injects his opinion of something into what he teaches. That's a credibility fail right there.

    Now, if he had said, "this is one interpretation of this passage what do you think?" That's a college level course. Not what's included in the email. I would've fired him twice over.

  • As usual, you have taken a few lines out of the context of the entire email to make your argument. I was finally able to find a copy of the entire email, and it was offensive. The professor spares no words trying to equate homosexuality with beastiality, pedophilia and an unequal misinformed exchange between two unequal people. This is where ignorance trumps scholarship, and is not acceptable in academia. In particular the professor opines,

  • Thanks, Kiva, for finding the context of what Mr. Huston quoted. Even from the snippet he posted, it was clear that the professor what not teaching about the doctrine. Instead he was teaching that the doctrine was the truth. The broader context makes these even more obvious.

    But I wasn't really surprised to read this. Mr. Huston explained his problems with homosexuality a few months ago when he went on a rant about the introduction of a gay character in the Archie comics series.


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