UI grad student protests dismissal of instructor of Catholicism

News-Gazette.com: “A University of Illinois graduate student is protesting the dismissal of an adjunct professor from teaching classes on Catholicism . . . Howell is working with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian-based organization that “provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values,” according to its website. Alliance Defense Fund attorneys sent a letter to the UI on Monday, claiming Howell’s dismissal is a violation of his First Amendment rights. ‘The University’s only reason for removing Dr. Howell is that other students, faculty and staff disliked his speech,’ the letter states. ‘Such a ‘heckler’s veto’ has no place in the ‘marketplace of ideas,’ particularly since the First Amendment exists precisely to protect controversial ideas from being silenced.’”