Thursday, February 16, 2012

OCC's Hearlson back in the news

     Michelle Woo of Navel Gazing reports that, according to at least one student, right-wing Orange Coast College Poli Sci Professor Ken Hearlson is spouting off indecorously in class:

Student Claims OCC Professor Ken Hearlson Wrote "Gays are Racist" on White Board During Class
     …[18-year-old Ali] Azarifar claims that political science professor Ken Hearlson made several anti-gay remarks in his U.S. government lecture on Feb. 7, the day of the [Prop 8] court ruling. Some of the alleged comments include:
     "Being gay is a sin."
     "No one voted no on Prop 8 because gays are racist."
     "Soon, all of the U.S. will be illegal for the gay community to marry."
     "Gays don't go to black churches because they are racist."
. . .
     In 1998, a student said that [Hearlson] told his class that if a homosexual ever taught his child sex education, he'd "string him up by the toes and shoot him in the face with a .357 Magnum." In 2001, a week after the Sept. 11 attacks, Hearlson was accused of calling Muslim students "Nazis," "terrorists," and "murderers." (An investigative report said that most of the allegations were "unsubstantiated.") And in 2003, the tenured professor harangued college protestors at a peace rally.
. . .
     A gay rights supporter made this flier in hope of bringing attention to Hearlson. [Azarifar’s boyfriend, Nolan] Robert, who is active in the gay community, aims to start a larger movement.


Anonymous said...

Maybe little Chad Farnan's lawyer will file a lawsuit on behalf of gays, just to be consistent, you know.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this professor, besides being a right-wing nut, is acting in a frighteningly uncivil manner.

Anonymous said...

But aren't the stduents being uncivil in their response? And the OC Weekly? And this Blog?

B. von Traven said...

How exactly is this blog being uncivil with regard to the Hearlson matter?

Anonymous said...

Anyone can make an allegation. Let's see them prove this guy actually said those things. Actually there are exponentially more left wing nuts, AKA leftist Nazis, then there are right wing nuts.

Anonymous said...

2:35, anyone can make no sense. Please make some.

There is no reason to believe these students' claims are false, especially since Hearlson has a track record of making such claims.

And, actually, there are no such persons as "leftist Nazis". NONE. By definition Nazism is a right wing movement. Why don't people grasp that simple concept?

But even if there were "leftist Nazis" as you insist, what does their number have to do with Hearlson?

And his political orientation is irrelevant. The issue here is that he is using his position as an instructor to make hate speech. And for that he should be fired.

B. von Traven said...

Please don't feed the troll.

B. von Traven said...

Our troll is being particularly obtuse tonight. He is insisting that the Nazis were/are leftists. Please ignore him. Perhaps he'll go away and get a clue somewhere.

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