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Iowa college removes professor who declared ‘I am Antifa.’ He also reportedly shared shockingly violent Facebook posts about killing Christians.


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Adjunct professor Jeff Klinzman will no longer be employed at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after openly admitting to being a part of Antifa.

What are the details?

According to a Campus Reform report, Klinzman announced last week that he supported the movement, which drew immediate backlash.

Kirkwood Community College President Lori Sundberg released a Friday statement that revealed the institution had accepted Klinzman's resignation, which came after the college removed him from the classroom.

"We have spoken with Mr. Klinzman this afternoon about this matter and have accepted his resignation," a portion of Sundberg's statement read.

"With the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top concern, we made the decision this morning to identify an instructor who will take over the one course that Mr. Klinzman was to have taught this semester," the statement added.

It also acknowledged that while the decision "may be supported by some," but "criticized by others," it was necessary to prevent fostering a disruptive environment in the classroom. The statement also noted that while the institution supports the professor's "right to articulate his views in whatever forum he chooses," it was not acceptable for people to perceive that he might place "public safety in jeopardy."

According to Campus Reform, "Because of the incident, the community college will have an increased security presence and will 'develop and implement' a safety plan.'"

The outlet reported that Klinzman opted to resign rather than accept a termination. Klinzman had worked at Kirkwood since January 2010.

What's the background?

On Thursday, KCRG-TV aired a report that Klinzman was a vocal supporter of Antifa. The report was based on his social media presence, which included following and supporting Facebook pages such as "Heartland Antifascists," "Antifascist USA," and more. Other areas of Klinzman's social media presence included negative postings about Evangelical Christians.

According to KCRG, the professor shared a poem reading "Kill them all, and bury them deep into the ground, [b]efore millions more are tortured to death."

When the station reached him for comment, Klinzman confirmed the reports, saying, "I affirm that I am Antifa."

You can watch a video report on the incident here.

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