A tenured professor of philosophy at Taylor University was fired after he posted a music video warning against hate to Youtube.
Jim Spiegel, who has won multiple awards for teaching excellence and scholarship and led Taylor's Ethics Bowl team, wrote and recorded a song about human depravity. It includes the lyrics:
"There's a little Hitler inside of me,
There's a brutal killer inside everyone,
The hatred grows inside us naturally."
After he posted a video of him singing the song on August 19, provost Michael Hammond demanded he remove it, Spiegel said. He then refused, prompting a meeting the following morning with the dean at Taylor University.
Spiegel said that the video does not violate university policy and that the school was prohibiting his freedom of expression. Hammond said that he had received a complaint about the video.
In a termination letter read aloud by Hammond at a subsequent meeting, he alleged that a "formal harassment complaint" had been filed against Spiegel about the video. Faculty members filing harassment complaints are required to seek private reconciliation before filing a complaint.
The university has also not told Spiegel the identity of who filed a harassment complaint.
? Spiegel has previously fought against administration at the school, including in 2018, when he and two other professor launched a pseudonymous newsletter against Marxist ideologies they said they felt were being introduced by administrators and faculty.