Despite the fact that a college professor’s posts on social media seemingly promote violence against President Trump and ‘evangelical Christians,’ he is not likely going to be disciplined due to his First Amendment rights.
An Iowa man who is a member of the far-left group Antifa—a group that engages in political violence against those it deems to be far-Right or “alt-right”—is also a professor at a local community college, according to news reports.
Klinzman, who has worked as an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood since January 2010, tells the I9 investigative team, “I affirm that I am ‘antifa'”.
In late July, on Iowa Antifa’s facebook page, a post of a tweet by President Trump regarding Antifa’s use of baseball bats drew a comment from Klinzman, who stated: “Yeah, I know who I’d like to clock with a bat…”
Klinzman’s dislike for others with differing views does not stop with President Trump, however.
According to kcrg.com, Klinsman dislikes “evangelical Christians” as well.
A search through Klinzman’s Facebook page shows over the years he has also made statements expressing his desire to “stop evangelical Christians” where he included a poem that said, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground”. Klinzman went on to explain, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this county and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.” [Emphasis added.]
Although Klinzman’s posts were shared with Kirkland Community College, according to the news report, “the college declined to comment, calling it a personnel matter.”
Several years ago, Klinzman also called for the carpet bombing of Wall Street
Regarding Klinzman’s post about President Trump, the Secret Service is aware of it.
However, Sara Riley, an attorney in Cedar Rapids, says while what Klinzman post may “suggest” an act of violence against the president, she does not expect him to be charged.
“It’s so ambiguous that there is just no way that he’d ever be considered a true threat,” Riley told kcrg.com.
While Klinzman’s “ambiguous” speech may be protected under the First Amendment, one must wonder whether his attitude toward either President Trump or his desire to “exact revenge” on evangelical Christians is being shared with students in the classroom.
If so, who will bear the responsibility if one of Klinzman’s students do, in fact, “exact revenge” due to his teachings?