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Academic Freedom at National Defense University? - Tom Lynch

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Should an Army Lieutenant Colonel be permitted to teach a class that is critical of radical Islam at a military university for graduate learning?  The Department of Defense doesn’t think so.  Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a combat veteran, was removed for cause and called “academically irresponsible” by the nation's highest ranking military officer after his class at the National Defense University came under criticism from Islamist Groups.    Is there academic freedom at the National Defense University and how does their stance coincide with the guidance to instructors that ““no subject or issue is considered taboo.”  

About the Guest: Thomas J. Lynch is Director of Mission Advancement at The Thomas More Law Center.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army following graduation from West Point in 1982 with a BS in Engineering.  On Active Duty for almost 6 years, he served as a Field Artillery officer and Forward Observer Team Chief with the Rangers.  Transferring to the reserves, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.  Besides his military experience, Lynch has held executive positions in sales, distribution, product management, global sourcing, manufacturing and real estate.

The Thomas More Law Center is a national public interest law firm whose mission is to preserve and promote America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, a strong national defense, and an independent and sovereign United States of America.

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