web analytics
October 22, 2014 / 28 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Texas A&M Dumps Jewish Professor Who Protested Crosses

Sissy Bradford, a criminology adjunct lecturer at Texas A&M University-San Antonio who objected to decorative crosses on a tower at the university’s entrance, says she was harassed for her views, and fears for her safety. Also – she will not be asked back to teach next fall, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Bradford, who is Jewish, says she has been receiving hate messages, including death threats, in letters, email and Facebook posts.

Marilu Reyna, a spokeswoman for the university, said Sissy Bradford was one of some 20 adjunct staff members who won’t be teaching next fall because “changing needs.”

Last October, Bradford objected to the display of crosses on the “Torre de Esperanza,” or Tower of Hope, which bears an A&M University-San Antonio emblem. The tower was built with city money but on private land.

Bradford and a few students said the crosses were an inappropriate promotion of Christianity at a public university. The crosses were removed in November.

The messages started pouring in. One letter read: “As a professor, do you have a right to live? … The day you die, a cross is going to be inside your coffin and a cross on your tomb to let you know who is KING.”

Another letter said: “Just so you know how disgusting I think you are!”

Bradford told the San Antonio Express-News that she had been told she’d teach two criminology classes on community perspectives and two others on social deviance. She has hired an attorney in preparation for a possible lawsuit.

But Spokeswoman Reyna said Bradford wasn’t singled out in the decision not to rehire adjunct faculty members. She said adjuncts are hired on a semester-by-semester basis.

Kirsten Verdi, who graduated with a psychology bachelor’s degree in December, told the San Antonio Express-News that she decided not to apply to graduate school there because of the mindset expressed by fellow students on Facebook and in comments on the student newspaper’s website.

“If they cannot provide a safe environment, an unbiased environment, a religion-neutral environment … I can take my money somewhere else,” Verdi said.

About the Author: JewishPress.com brings you the latest in Jewish news from around the world. Stay up to date by following up on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have something noteworthy to report? Submit your news story to us here.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “Texas A&M Dumps Jewish Professor Who Protested Crosses”

  1. Rachel Kusama says:

    20 adjuncts were let go because our University is going through the accreditation process and is required to have more tenured professors than adjuncts (PhDs vs Masters degrees) Because she lacked a PhD, she wasn't eligible for a tenured position.

    The University does not have it's own accreditation, and only recently began the process. We are currently utilizing Texas A&m University-Kingsvilles accreditation.

    http://sacscoc.org/

    It had nothing to do with her identify as an ethnic Jew; I'm Jewish, I spoke up in the fall and I was never retaliated against.

    If you really want to help her, send her gift certificates, send her money but don't make her situation into something it isn't; it had nothing to do with identifying as Jewish.

  2. Sissy Bradford says:

    I am Sissy Bradford. Some documents supporting this story are publicly viewable here: http://www.facebook.com/sb33162.

    I have posted all documents in a skydrive available to investigative reporters.

  3. Sissy Bradford says:

    I am Sissy Bradford. Some documents supporting this story are publicly viewable here: http://www.facebook.com/sb33162.

    I have posted all documents in a skydrive available to investigative reporters.

  4. Kirsten Stutz Verdi says:

    I am Kirsten Verdi and if anybody at this paper would like to talk to me about my experiences at the university please feel free to contact me. The cross debacle took the cake but there were more things that I had to fix for myself prior, Rachel does not know everything about my experiences there! Unless information was leaked that got into hands where it doesn't belong.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israel's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations David Roet, at a UNSC meeting held July 22, 2014 regarding the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israel Attempts to Insert Reason into UN Debate About Middle East
Latest News Stories
Chief of U.S. Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Visitors from Ebola-stricken West African nations will be required to enter the U.S. from one of only five airports.

Israel's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations David Roet, at a UNSC meeting held July 22, 2014 regarding the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israel’s UN ambassador refuted secretary-general’s hackneyed and false understanding of instability in the Middle East.

The mortar, which hit Israel on Tuesday morning, did not cause any injuries or damage.

Route for weapons shipment to Gaza from Iran.

After lying in coma for months, 83-year-old Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani has died, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

A radicalized Canadian convert to Islam rammed soldiers in what may have been an act of terrorism.

PA unity govt chairman Mahmoud Abbas raises the penalty for selling land to a “hostile nation” (Jew).

Israel’s government is recruiting citizens to help combat the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

The Beach Boys aren’t coming to Israel next month…

The Jerusalem Light Rail has finally instituted a ‘zero tolerance’ police towards Arab violence against its trains.

A 2,000 year old stone fragment bearing an official Latin inscription dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian is found in Jerusalem.

The woman’s father and other ISIS members stoned the woman to death for adultery.

Hamas has created a museum exhibit, currently showing at al-Aqsa University in Khan Younis, Gaza. Hamas is showing off its weapons and propaganda pieces from this past summer’s war, Operation Protective Edge.  

A bill that would end the control of the Chief Rabbinate over conversions to Judaism in Israel was nixed Monday by PM Netanyahu.

Haaretz smears U.S. terrorism expert for being a Republican and friend of Sheldon Adelson.

Leslie W., 48, and his partner Akiwa H., 56, are charged with having sold more than 88,000 pounds of non-kosher meat for a marked-up price.

More Articles from Jewish Press News Briefs
Beach Boys

The Beach Boys aren’t coming to Israel next month…

The woman’s father and other ISIS members stoned the woman to death for adultery.

Yaakov Halul is Israel’s first official Aramean.

The Jerusalem Intifada continues on…

A clear majority of Jewish Israelis oppose a Palestinian state, once they’re told the details of what it means.

It’s raining today in Jerusalem, the first major rain storm of the new year.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/texas-am-dumps-jewish-professor-who-protested-crosses/2012/06/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: