Fired for refusing to sign a 50’s era loyalty oath:
When Wendy Gonaver was offered a job teaching American studies at Cal State Fullerton this academic year, she was pleased to be headed back to the classroom to talk about one of her favorite themes: protecting constitutional freedoms.
But the day before class was scheduled to begin, her appointment as a lecturer abruptly ended over just the kind of issue that might have figured in her course. She lost the job because she did not sign a loyalty oath swearing to “defend” the U.S. and California constitutions “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The loyalty oath was added to the state Constitution by voters in 1952 to root out communists in public jobs. Now, 16 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, its main effect is to weed out religious believers, particularly Quakers and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
This is, no doubt, another one of those things that will have people bitching back and forth at each other, and I really have to say I am sick of this sort of nonsense. I don’t even understand the purpose of a loyalty oath to begin with- if your goal is to subvert the government of the United States, you are going to have no problem lying about it before hand. Additionally, if your goal is to bring down the government, I would suggest there are more effective ways than planting sleeper cell agents in American studies classrooms across the country- WE WILL DEFEAT THE GREAT SATAN WITH BAD PEDAGOGY AND HARSH RHETORIC! Seems to me to be a bit of a stretch.
Just so much stupid out there.