University Fires Professor for Opposing Homosexuality
The firing of Prof. Yeruham Levitt by the university has caused much outrage among the academic staff. The sole course he was giving is on medical ethics for pharmacological students. Several weeks ago, the topic was fertilization methods for homosexual couples, and a female student noted her concern that for the development of children raised by homosexual parents. Another student, a declared homosexual himself, objected, at which point, Prof. Levitt intervened and vindicated the first student’s concerns. He affirmed the chance of harm to the development of such children and that their ability to lead a normal family life could be affected. He added that sexual inclinations can be restrained and chosen.
When some students complained to the University administration, he was summoned to a hearing, where he explained that it is acceptable for a lecturer to express his opinion in classes on ethics.
Despite this, the head of the
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel promptly protested, noting that just a few weeks ago, another Ben Gurion lecturer, Dr. Neve Gordon, head of the Department of Politics and Government, escaped being fired even though he called for a political boycott against Israel. University Rector Prof. Weinblatt said at the time, “We live in a democratic country in which there is freedom of expression for all, even for those whose opinions are not appreciated by all.”
The Forum said that the firing of
In a letter to University President Prof. Rivka Carmi and Education Minister Gideon Saar, the Forum says it will consider turning to the Supreme Court if the firing is not reversed.
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