College Professor Gets Fired for His Comments About the Iran and US Conflict
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets. We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
That is the tweet that President Trump posted prior to the attack from Iran on the U.S. military bases in Iraq. He warned that we’re ready to go and take out some key areas in Iran.
For one professor at Babson College, this triggered his Trump Derangement Syndrome. Adjunct professor Asheen Phansey thought it was a good idea to respond to President Trump’s tweet. Here’s what he said:
“In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomenei should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb,” Phansey said in a Facebook post. “Um… Mall of America? …Kardashian residence?”
The college wasn’t too happy about it and ended up firing the professor. Here’s the response they issued:
“Babson College conducted a prompt and thorough investigation related to a post shared on a staff member’s personal Facebook page that does not represent the values and culture of the College. Based on the results of the investigation, the staff member is no longer a Babson College employee. As we have previously stated, Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate.”
Phansey issued a statement about his comments, but gave no apology.
“I am disappointed and saddened that Babson has decided to abruptly terminate my 15-year relationship with the college just because people willfully misinterpreted a joke I made to my friends on Facebook. I would have hoped that Babson, an institution of higher education that I love and to which I have given a great deal, would have defended and supported my right to free speech. Beyond my own situation, I am really concerned about what this portends for our ability as Americans to engage in political discourse without presuming the worst about each other.”
Look, I’m all about free speech, but when you say stupid things like how terrorists should target America, that’s borderline treason.