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A federal judge dismissed a former Temple University student's lawsuit alleging that he was denied a master's degree because of his political views.

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Christian DeJohn

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#1 Sep 29, 2007
Don't beleive waht you read- these articles are lies. In fact, the Federal judge ruled in our favor that Temple's Stalinist "speech code" is totally unconstitutional, and violates students' most fundamental First Amendment free speech rights. The articles cited are outrageous lies written by a media in Temple University's pocket, and by reporters who never even contacted me, interviewed me, or made the slightest attempt to verify Temple's slanderous and libelous attacks on me when they wrote them.

Try reading the other side:
"Victory At Temple University:"
http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/press...

"Sergeant Christian DeJohn and the Cost of Standing Up for Free Speech:"
http://www.thefire.org/index.php/article/8385... .

"Christian DeJohn: Targeted by Temple University:"
http://www.tomshakely.com/2007/08/04/christia...

"FIRE Files Amicus Brief Opposing Unconstitutional Speech Code at Temple University:"
http://thefire.org/index.php/article/8354.htm...

Anyone interested in helping to get out the truth that the mainstream media is ignoring and distorting, and in fighting for free speech in this case can contact me at: [email protected]
Sincerely, Christian M. DeJohn
Christian DeJohn

AOL

#2 Sep 29, 2007
Called to active duty after September 11, 2001, when Christian DeJohn interrupted his graduate studies to serve in Bosnia, he was sent invites to protests sponsored by Temple’s History Dept. When he objected, Temple retaliated. Talk show Radio Free Penn State:“While serving our country abroad, DeJohn-- who had established himself as a student in good academic standing before he was deployed-- was marginalized and maligned as a serviceman for disagreeing with some of his professors’ anti-war views.”
Temple’s ongoing retaliation, ignored by the media: welcoming him home with a form letter expelling him, destroying his credit by falsely reporting his graduation, delaying his graduation by refusing to evaluate his MA thesis, contacting “about a dozen” potential employers to sabotage his job search, threatening to expel him for bringing a civil rights suit.
Defendant Professor Gregory Urwin’s response to DeJohn’s free speech concerns? That veterans are “mentally imbalanced” from being “trained to kill.” Urwin has stooped so low as to compare DeJohn (a decorated, disabled Army veteran) to the Virginia Tech mass murderer.
Defendant Professor Richard Immerman, History Dept. chair, says he didn’t help because his only duty is to see that profs return library books. He’s written of his hope that DeJohn will “self-destruct,” while a Temple witness wrote that DeJohn “should be dealt with in the Sicilian manner;” i.e., murdered.
When DeJohn testified before the PA Academic Freedom hearings in 2006, Temple Pres. David Adamany- though DeJohn asked for his help- denied any knowledge:“If students were going to complain about this I would know it but I just do not know of any retaliation. I would be upset if intimidation was going on.” Adamany has never been held accountable for his untruth, but when the controversy led to Temple Trustees adopting a new policy, the Washington Times wrote that for the academic freedom movement, this was “the biggest victory in its three-year history.”
DeJohn brought suit in Federal court for Temple’s violations of his and other students’ rights. While claiming Temple’s speech code is not unconstitutional, Temple attorney Joe Tucker (who insists “This case has nothing to do with DeJohn’s First Amendment rights”) scrapped and rewrote it on the eve of a crucial deadline. At one point Temple’s “defense” was that they had no idea how their own policy appeared on Temple’s official websites.
In March 2007 a Federal judge ruled in DeJohn’s favor, issuing a permanent injunction against Temple for violating the First Amendment. Center For Academic Freedom senior counsel David French wrote,“Every Temple student enjoys greater free speech rights as a result of Christian DeJohn’s stand.” This historic free speech victory has been ignored by the media.
Though DeJohn has a 3.2 (B plus) GPA, Temple attorney Tucker, trying to deflect attention from the bedrock 1st First Amendment issues involved, refers to him in The Chronicle of Higher Education as “a marginal learner, barely passing.” A decorated, disabled Army veteran who has risked his life overseas to defend the civil rights of foreigners through service on five continents is now being denied the most basic Constitutional rights in Philadelphia- the "cradle of democracy."
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education writes,“While taking a stand for free speech is vital for the health of our democracy, doing so often entails untold costs, as Christian’s story demonstrates all too clearly. That’s why it’s crucial to remember that when courts consider the constitutionality of speech codes on campus, every discussion of principle and precedent has a tremendous impact on the daily lives of real students.”
DeJohn has faith that if his story can get out to average Americans, justice will be served through the court of public opinion.
Christian DeJohn may be contacted at: [email protected]
Christian DeJohn

AOL

#3 Sep 29, 2007
Called to active duty after September 11, 2001, when Christian DeJohn interrupted his graduate studies to serve in Bosnia, he was sent invites to protests sponsored by Temple’s History Dept. When he objected, Temple retaliated. Talk show Radio Free Penn State:“While serving our country abroad, DeJohn-- who had established himself as a student in good academic standing before he was deployed-- was marginalized and maligned as a serviceman for disagreeing with some of his professors’ anti-war views.”

Temple’s ongoing retaliation, ignored by the media: welcoming him home with a form letter expelling him, destroying his credit by falsely reporting his graduation, delaying his graduation by refusing to evaluate his MA thesis, contacting “about a dozen” potential employers to sabotage his job search, threatening to expel him for bringing a civil rights suit.

Defendant Professor Gregory Urwin’s response to DeJohn’s free speech concerns? That veterans are “mentally imbalanced” from being “trained to kill.” Urwin has stooped so low as to compare DeJohn (a decorated, disabled Army veteran) to the Virginia Tech mass murderer.

Defendant Professor Richard Immerman, History Dept. chair, says he didn’t help because his only duty is to see that profs return library books. He’s written of his hope that DeJohn will “self-destruct,” while a Temple witness wrote that DeJohn “should be dealt with in the Sicilian manner;” i.e., murdered.

When DeJohn testified before the PA Academic Freedom hearings in 2006, Temple Pres. David Adamany- though DeJohn asked for his help- denied any knowledge:“If students were going to complain about this I would know it but I just do not know of any retaliation. I would be upset if intimidation was going on.” Adamany has never been held accountable for his untruth, but when the controversy led to Temple Trustees adopting a new policy, the Washington Times wrote that for the academic freedom movement, this was “the biggest victory in its three-year history.”

DeJohn brought suit in Federal court for Temple’s violations of his and other students’ rights. While claiming Temple’s speech code is not unconstitutional, Temple attorney Joe Tucker (who insists “This case has nothing to do with DeJohn’s First Amendment rights”) scrapped and rewrote it on the eve of a crucial deadline. At one point Temple’s “defense” was that they had no idea how their own policy appeared on Temple’s official websites.

In March 2007 a Federal judge ruled in DeJohn’s favor, issuing a permanent injunction against Temple for violating the First Amendment. Center For Academic Freedom senior counsel David French wrote,“Every Temple student enjoys greater free speech rights as a result of Christian DeJohn’s stand.” This historic free speech victory has been ignored by the media.

Though DeJohn has a 3.2 (B plus) GPA, Temple attorney Tucker, trying to deflect attention from the bedrock 1st First Amendment issues involved, refers to him in The Chronicle of Higher Education as “a marginal learner, barely passing.” A decorated, disabled Army veteran who has risked his life overseas to defend the civil rights of foreigners through service on five continents is now being denied the most basic Constitutional rights in Philadelphia- the "cradle of democracy."
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education writes,“While taking a stand for free speech is vital for the health of our democracy, doing so often entails untold costs, as Christian’s story demonstrates all too clearly. That’s why it’s crucial to remember that when courts consider the constitutionality of speech codes on campus, every discussion of principle and precedent has a tremendous impact on the daily lives of real students.”

DeJohn has faith that if his story can get out to average Americans, justice will be served through the court of public opinion.

Christian DeJohn may be contacted at: [email protected]
Christian DeJohn

Ambler, PA

#4 Apr 12, 2008
04/11/2008
Temple's Civil Rights Violations Are A Disgrace
By: Chris Freind , The Bulletin

LINK:
http://www.thebulletin.us/site/index.cfm...

White males are not a protected class under the Constitution, and veterans do not have First Amendment rights. After all, their concerns should be ignored because they are "mentally unstable" from being "trained to kill." And disagreeing with one's professors can result in insults such as "gnat," "juvenile" "liar" and "fool." As far as academic freedom of speech, forget it.

Welcome to taxpayer-funded Temple University.

Temple finds itself at the center of a firestorm regarding an appalling case of squashed academic freedoms and restricted First Amendment rights. The victim of Temple's suffocating speech code is a graduate student simply trying to earn a master's degree in military history. He also happens to be one of our ultimate defenders of freedom, a decorated sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. This man's civil rights were violated, not overseas in a hostile fire zone but right back here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the nation and cradle of liberty. How's that for irony?

But since this is still the United States of America, and politically correct professors don't rule the day, this grave injustice is on track to be rectified. All it took was a huge dose of courage.

Meet Sgt. Christian DeJohn.
...Interestingly, this fight for academic freedom is not a partisan one. Sgt. DeJohn has allies across the spectrum who have filed amicus briefs with the court, from the ACLU and Feminists for Freedom of Expression to the Alliance Defense Fund and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

And Temple's allies? None. Nada. Can't imagine why.

When Sgt. DeJohn wins, his efforts and courage in the face of fire - both at home and abroad - will have resulted in a landmark case in the academic freedom movement.

Sir Edmund Burke stated, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

Thanks to people like Sgt. Christian DeJohn, such evil is being vanquished, and he deserves our salute.

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