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“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
     ---  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Please help Santa Barbara City College  philosophy professor Mark McIntire  defray his legal expenses incurred defending  Dr. Michael Shermer author of: HEAVENS ON EARTH: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia against  defamation and "bullying" claims by Dr. Raeanne Napoleon and Dr. Danielle Swionteck .   Here's the Santa Barbara News Press Editorial supportive of Professor McIntire and explaining the levels of his case:

Editorials :   SANTA BARBARA NEWS PRESS  Guest Opinion: The progressive decline of SBCC   29866156_1530212829758425_r.jpeg

By Andy Caldwell  June 28, 2018 7:15 AM

Santa Barbara City College has three things going for it — namely, location, location, location. Other than that, it has become an official wasteland, an intellectual ghetto devoid of constructive dialogue and meaningful debate. That is, the college has finally rid itself of its one token conservative professor, making the transition to an ideologically uniform-social-justice-warrior boot camp complete. To wit, the college has bid adieu and good riddance to one Professor Mark McIntire.

Mr. McIntire initially figured something was amiss when, after having taught at the college for over 20 years, he got a call from the administration. They couldn't find his teaching credential. Of course, they didn't bother to inform him why they were looking for it in the first place, since he had to initially provide it to be hired. Nonetheless, they informed him he could no longer teach without it. As it turns out, Mr. McIntire was able to reproduce the credential in short order.

The second attempt to rid the college of his services came in the form of a negative evaluation of his performance by his new department head. Despite the fact that Mr. McIntire was teaching critical thinking skills, his new boss didn't like the fact that his students were having to think critically about "highly charged" subjects, such as gun control. God forbid the snowflake generation would have to consider both sides of a debate, on a college campus no less. Whereas Mr. McIntire may have been able to survive this ideological ambush, what came next served to provide the fatal head shot. To wit, the Shermer Incident.

Mr. McIntire invited a well-known and highly respected academic, Dr. Michael Shermer, to take part in a colloquium. Unbeknownst to these two professionals, a college chemistry professor, Raeanne Napoleon, decided to do a #MeToo search on Mr. Shermer. What she came up with was a four-year-old story about sexual harassment allegations that she decided to run with, by way of sabotaging attendance at the colloquium and defaming Mr. Shermer. She blasted out an email indicating that all the women on campus should be cautious about being alone with the visiting scholar after dark, and well, that did the trick.

As it turns out, Mr. Shermer's college of employment had already conducted an investigation into the allegations and dismissed the same. Santa Barbara City College decided that the chemistry professor's email blast was of no concern. However, when Mr. McIntire went to the defense of Dr. Shermer, well, things took a nasty turn indeed.

The chemistry professor and a couple other #MeToo sorority sisters on campus filed sexual harassment charges against Mr. McIntire. For what? True to form, the sisters claim to be the victims in all this. Simply because it was Mr. McIntire who called them sorority sisters and made fun of them by way of his standard fare of colorful and clever language. Ergo, based on words alone, they filed charges of sexual harassment. Mr. McIntire has since been cleared of the charges, but regardless, City College has informed him they will not rehire him for the next semester.

Andy Caldwell is the executive director of COLAB and host of The Andy Caldwell Radio Show, weekdays from 3-5 p.m., on News-Press AM 1290.
 
 
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It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be teaching philosophy at Santa Barbara City College after twenty-three years of service to this community. Thanks to all my loyal, generous, and persistent supporters, a great victory has been won through legal settlement in my recent wrongful termination/academic freedom suppression dispute with the Santa Barbara City College District.

Due to some superb lawyering skills of my personnel attorney, Mr. Daniel Preston Jett, and Mr. Joseph Sholder, General Counsel for the Santa Barbara City College District, a sane and sober conclusion to my dispute has been ratified and made public by the Santa Barbara Board of Trustees at their August 9, 2018 meeting. The vote was unanimous 6-0.

This agreement could not have been achieved without the impressive mediating skills and administrative leadership of Superintendent/President, Dr. Anthony E. Beebe. In historically brief time, just two months, our final legal settlement avoids a protracted courtroom battle and further damage to the college. Since this dispute has received widespread media coverage, transparency details to tax-payers requires a full disclosure.

While any rationally negotiated settlement of this kind does not admit that all parties get everything they want, the parties do see their core issues resolved amicably. All four of my core issues for settlement have been satisfied:
1. Purge of all negative teaching evaluations by my former department chair from my HR personnel file including any ratifying negative determinations from Deans and/or Vice Presidents HR personnel will list me as ‘resigned’ on August 3, 2018 rather than ‘not-rehired’ or ‘terminated’ after twenty-three years of service to the College
3. A monetary settlement of $120,000.00 for alleged damages to my reputation, employment, and my academic freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights
4. No confidentiality and/or non-disparagement codicils are attached to this settlement agreement
The public can judge for itself if justice has been done by this speedy settlement agreement.

For myself, I am content with these systemic outcomes:
1. the tax-payers who fund SBCC are spared the burden of expensive and lengthy legal proceedings
2. the noble work of many dedicated faculty, staff, and students will not be interrupted by protracted media reports of legal actions
3. the core prime-movers of academic freedom suppression at SBCC have now fingered themselves as mere instances of a national crisis in Constitutional freedom protections enshrined in our Bill of Rights
4. the College can now move forward crafting Constitutional pathways to protect the expressions of opposing views to the prevailing ‘liberal-progressives’ both on the SBCC campus and the larger citizenry.

Personally, I now say goodbye SBCC and thank the college for my twenty-three years teaching philosophy to generations of eager, talented minds. I learned a lot from my students, and I wish the college well. We both have our work cut for us defending threatened Constitutional freedoms. An old Irish expression has it that when God closes a door in front of you, somewhere else He opens a window for you. It has always been so in my life.

The end of my personal SBCC saga allows the beginning of my new Radio/TV/Streaming program, FREEDOM MATTERS (Launching January 1, 2019). This trans-media program will feature ways to use our judicial process defending against threats to our Bill off Rights as it touches every aspect of our life in the greatest moral and political nation ever devised by humans, the United States of America. Look for it!

Oh, yes. Just in case you were wondering. I was fully exonerated from all the fake Title IX accusations brought against me by Administrative Law Judge, Elinor Reiner.

--- Cordially and gratefully,
Mark
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Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 8:47 AM
To: Mark McIntire
Subject: Thank you! The battle is won. They surrendered...Freedom Matters

My dear friends and loyal advocates,

Today is the first day of the academic year at Santa Barbara City College. It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be teaching philosophy at Santa Barbara City College after twenty-three years of service to this community. Thanks to all my loyal, generous, and persistent supporters, a great victory has been won through legal settlement in my recent wrongful termination/academic freedom suppression dispute with the Santa Barbara City College District.

Due to some superb lawyering skills of my personnel attorney, Mr. Daniel Preston Jett, and Mr. Joseph Sholder, General Counsel for the Santa Barbara City College District, a sane and sober conclusion to my dispute has been ratified and made public by the Santa Barbara Board of Trustees at their August 9, 2018 meeting. The vote was unanimous 6-0.

This agreement could not have been achieved without the impressive mediating skills and administrative leadership of Superintendent/President, Dr. Anthony E. Beebe. In historically brief time, just two months, our final legal settlement avoids a protracted courtroom battle and further damage to the college. Since this dispute has received widespread media coverage, transparency details to tax-payers requires a full disclosure.

While any rationally negotiated settlement of this kind does not admit that all parties get everything they want, the parties do see their core issues resolved amicably. All four of my core issues for settlement have been satisfied:
1. Purge of all negative teaching evaluations by my former department chair from my HR personnel file including any ratifying negative determinations from Deans and/or Vice Presidents HR personnel will list me as ‘resigned’ on August 3, 2018 rather than ‘not-rehired’ or ‘terminated’ after twenty-three years of service to the College
3. A monetary settlement of $120,000.00 for alleged damages to my reputation, employment, and my academic freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights
4. No confidentiality and/or non-disparagement codicils are attached to this settlement agreement
The public can judge for itself if justice has been done by this speedy settlement agreement.

For myself, I am content with these systemic outcomes:
1. the tax-payers who fund SBCC are spared the burden of expensive and lengthy legal proceedings
2. the noble work of many dedicated faculty, staff, and students will not be interrupted by protracted media reports of legal actions
3. the core prime-movers of academic freedom suppression at SBCC have now fingered themselves as mere instances of a national crisis in Constitutional freedom protections enshrined in our Bill of Rights
4. the College can now move forward crafting Constitutional pathways to protect the expressions of opposing views to the prevailing ‘liberal-progressives’ both on the SBCC campus and the larger citizenry.

Personally, I now say goodbye SBCC and thank the college for my twenty-three years teaching philosophy to generations of eager, talented minds. I learned a lot from my students, and I wish the college well. We both have our work cut for us defending threatened Constitutional freedoms. An old Irish expression has it that when God closes a door in front of you, somewhere else He opens a window for you. It has always been so in my life.

The end of my personal SBCC saga allows the beginning of my new Radio/TV/Streaming program, FREEDOM MATTERS (Launching January 1, 2019). This trans-media program will feature ways to use our judicial process defending against threats to our Bill off Rights as it touches every aspect of our life in the greatest moral and political nation ever devised by humans, the United States of America. Look for it!

Oh, yes. Just in case you were wondering. I was fully exonerated from all the fake Title IX accusations brought against me by Administrative Law Judge, Elinor Reiner.

--- Cordially and gratefully,
Mark
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Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018 8:47 AM
To: Mark McIntire
Subject: Thank you! The battle is won. They surrendered...Freedom Matters

My dear friends and loyal advocates,

Today is the first day of the academic year at Santa Barbara City College. It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be teaching philosophy at Santa Barbara City College after twenty-three years of service to this community. Thanks to all my loyal, generous, and persistent supporters, a great victory has been won through legal settlement in my recent wrongful termination/academic freedom suppression dispute with the Santa Barbara City College District.

Due to some superb lawyering skills of my personnel attorney, Mr. Daniel Preston Jett, and Mr. Joseph Sholder, General Counsel for the Santa Barbara City College District, a sane and sober conclusion to my dispute has been ratified and made public by the Santa Barbara Board of Trustees at their August 9, 2018 meeting. The vote was unanimous 6-0.

This agreement could not have been achieved without the impressive mediating skills and administrative leadership of Superintendent/President, Dr. Anthony E. Beebe. In historically brief time, just two months, our final legal settlement avoids a protracted courtroom battle and further damage to the college. Since this dispute has received widespread media coverage, transparency details to tax-payers requires a full disclosure.

While any rationally negotiated settlement of this kind does not admit that all parties get everything they want, the parties do see their core issues resolved amicably. All four of my core issues for settlement have been satisfied:
1. Purge of all negative teaching evaluations by my former department chair from my HR personnel file including any ratifying negative determinations from Deans and/or Vice Presidents HR personnel will list me as ‘resigned’ on August 3, 2018 rather than ‘not-rehired’ or ‘terminated’ after twenty-three years of service to the College
3. A monetary settlement of $120,000.00 for alleged damages to my reputation, employment, and my academic freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights
4. No confidentiality and/or non-disparagement codicils are attached to this settlement agreement
The public can judge for itself if justice has been done by this speedy settlement agreement.

For myself, I am content with these systemic outcomes:
1. the tax-payers who fund SBCC are spared the burden of expensive and lengthy legal proceedings
2. the noble work of many dedicated faculty, staff, and students will not be interrupted by protracted media reports of legal actions
3. the core prime-movers of academic freedom suppression at SBCC have now fingered themselves as mere instances of a national crisis in Constitutional freedom protections enshrined in our Bill of Rights
4. the College can now move forward crafting Constitutional pathways to protect the expressions of opposing views to the prevailing ‘liberal-progressives’ both on the SBCC campus and the larger citizenry.

Personally, I now say goodbye SBCC and thank the college for my twenty-three years teaching philosophy to generations of eager, talented minds. I learned a lot from my students, and I wish the college well. We both have our work cut for us defending threatened Constitutional freedoms. An old Irish expression has it that when God closes a door in front of you, somewhere else He opens a window for you. It has always been so in my life.

The end of my personal SBCC saga allows the beginning of my new Radio/TV/Streaming program, FREEDOM MATTERS (Launching January 1, 2019). This trans-media program will feature ways to use our judicial process defending against threats to our Bill off Rights as it touches every aspect of our life in the greatest moral and political nation ever devised by humans, the United States of America. Look for it!

Oh, yes. Just in case you were wondering. I was fully exonerated from all the fake Title IX accusations brought against me by Administrative Law Judge, Elinor Reiner.

--- Cordially and gratefully,
Mark
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Thank you for your patience. I'm pleased to tell you that your patience will be rewarded. Both formal and informal negotiations are getting closer to a settlement for my case. We are down to two outcomes; reinstatement in my teaching position or a favorable severance. Here is the latest media attention to highlight my case. Thank you for your confidence and loyalty to the Constitution of the United States of America.

FROM:
Scholarships.com
SBCC Professor Supports Beleaguered Colleague, Gets Fired…
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July 25, 2018 2:50 PM by Susan Dutca

A Santa Barbara City College Professor believes he is "collateral damage" for defending a professor he had invited to SBCC as a guest speaker. After coming to the defense of the controversial professor, Mark McIntire was told that he would not be rehired - for reasons other than publicly opposing "social justice warriors." McIntire invited Michael Shermer as a guest speaker on campus to debunk beliefs about the afterlife and Utopian societies. The usually-full 400-seat auditorium was rather empty for its topic. That same morning, the Chair of Chemistry, Raeanne Napoleon, recycled a four-year-old article through the campus the very morning of Shermer's colloquium, detailing sexual allegations against Shermer. She wrote that although he "still has the right to free speech," she intended to "warn the women attending the talk that they should be careful not to be alone with him or hang around late on campus after the talk is over. I am also using this platform to highlight this information to faculty and staff so that you can choose whether or not you will support this event." Some professors on campus thanked her for the information, but McIntire privately responded, claiming that he was "disappointed that 'scientists' had urged women not to be alone with Shermer, despite having no clear proof of misconduct."

"Accusations are insufficient evidence of guilt in my ethical calculus," said McIntire. While Napoleon admitted she "should have emailed [him] first before going all campus," she said, "I still stand by what I did regardless." Shortly thereafter, Shermer emailed both Napoleon and the college present, promising to take legal action and demanding the removal of the story which had been highlighted in the school's newspaper, along with a retraction and apology from Napoleon. A legal battle ensued between Shermer and Napoleon, and she had support from her one of her colleagues who set up a Go Fund Me account to cover her legal fees. Throughout this process, McIntire continued to back Shermer in a manner in which three other female faculty members found to be inappropriate and consequentially, filed sexual harassment complaints against him.

After 23 years of teaching, McIntire was told that he would not be rehired due to his "failure to grasp fundamental philosophical concepts, his statements on social media and his propensity to assign papers on politically charged topics - especially about gun control and gay-marriage" According to McIntire, "the real reason I will never be rehired...is that I was the sole faculty voice expressing the cause of marginalized religious, conservatives, libertarians, homeschoolers and/or Trump voters on staff, faculty and [in the] student population...These are violations of my First and Fourteenth Amendment protections."
Related: https://www.gofundme.com/professor-mark-mcintire-legal-fund
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