Alan Cooperman wrote a interesting story for the Washington Post that talks about the views that college faculty have towards religion. Specifically it seems that negative views of evangelical Christians topped the list in the one study that was done:
The other survey, by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research, confirmed those findings but also found what the institute’s director and chief pollster, Gary A. Tobin, called an “explosive” statistic: 53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have “unfavorable” feelings toward evangelical Christians.
A graph accompanying the story drove the point home. By comparison, only three percent of faculty members had unfavorable feelings toward Jews. What’s funny is that the latter survey was designed to gauge anti-Semitism.
The only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Muslims. A full third of faculty had negative views toward Mormons, with 22 percent reporting unfavorable views toward Muslims, 18 percent with negative feelings toward atheists, 13 percent with negative feelings toward Roman Caholics, 10 percent with negative feelings toward the non-religious, nine percent with negative feelings toward non-evangelical Christians and four percent reporting negative views toward Buddhists.
Link to the full article at washingtonpost.com
CHICAGO — A long-time instructor and technician at Columbia College Chicago claims she was fired after she reported alleged discrimination from her colleagues. Debbie Sandlin was hired at Columbia College, at 600 S. Michigan Ave., on Sept. 22, 1997 and held the position of full-time computer technician and part-time instructor at the time of her firing on May 19, 2006, according to a suit filed Thursday in federal court. Sandlin first approached the assistant vice president of human resources at the college, Stephanie Griffin, in September 2005 to discuss her unfair treatment and the “boys club” environment that discluded her from the decision-making process because she was female, the suit said.
Subsequent to that meeting, Sandlin met with her department chair, Annette Barbier, to discuss her claims of disparate treatment. Barbier was upset with Sandlin for taking her sexual discrimination complaints to human resources, and wanted her “gone” as a result, according to the suit.