A Suffolk University law professor who also happens to be serving overseas in Afghanistan, submitted his resignation after a colleague condemned the school's policy of sending out care packages to U.S. troops abroad, essentially calling America's armed service men and women killers.
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Robert Roughsedge said Michael Avery's inflammatory e-mail regarding the troops -- who he thinks do not deserve sympathy -- is akin to a child throwing "a temper tantrum." Avery blasted the school-wide drive to collect supplies for soldiers, writing in an email: "I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings."
Fox News reports Avery, who specializes in constitutional law, also wrote that sympathy for American troops is "not particularly rational in today's world." He added:
In response to Avery's email, Roughsedge submitted his letter of resignation on Monday, telling WTXF in a telephone interview that the e-mail is "hate speech."
"It’s basically like a 5-year-old throwing a temper tantrum," he told the station. "That is not how we teach our students to rationally look at the issues…We want rational adult discourse and that is not something I would tolerate in my class and it is not something the school should tolerate from one of its professors."
Roughsedge was a member of the adjunct faculty at Suffolk University for eight years and taught a popular course on terrorism and the law. He left for Afghanistan in Dec. 2010 and is expected to return home to New Hampshire next month.
Not surprisingly, Suffolk has since received a myriad complaints from both students and alumni over Avery's incendiary remarks, asserting his views do not represent the entire school community. Suffolk claims to have a long, proud history of supporting U.S. troops and that its care package drive continues to be a success.
As Avery was exercising his personal opinions, the university's provost will, thus far, not be taking any disciplinary action against the law professor.
Bold emphasis added by The Blaze.
Below you can listen to Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown share his take on Avery's statement with radio host Howie Carr: