University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off

By Craig Robinson

A University of Iowa professor felt the need to reply to a blast email by the College Republicans on Monday morning. Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, sent a vulgar response to a College Republican email about the group’s, “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

The College Republican email, which was sent to the entire University of Iowa Community, had been approved by a number of university officials before being sent out.

Lewin responded to email by writing, “#*@% [F-Word] YOU, REPUBLICANS” from her official university email account.

Natalie Ginty, a University of Iowa Student and Chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, demanded an apology from Lewin’s supervisors.  “We understand that as a faculty member she has the right to express her political opinion, but by leaving her credentials at the bottom of the email she was representing the University of Iowa, not herself alone,” Ginty wrote to James Enloe, the head of the Department of Anthropology.

“Vile responses like Ellen’s need to end. Demonizing the other party through name-calling only further entrenches feelings of disdain for the other side. I am sure you understand that nothing is ever accomplished by aimless screams of attack,” Ginty concluded.

In an email to the College Republicans, Professor Lewin wrote, “This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government.  I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities.  I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.”

Lewin sent that email at 10:51 a.m.

Lewin’s response is as inappropriate than her choice of language in her first email. At the bottom of the original mass email, a University of Iowa disclaimer reads, “Distribution of this message was approved by the VP for Student Services. Neither your name nor e-mail address was released to the sender. The policy and guidelines for the UI Mass Mail service, including information on how to filter messages, are available at: http://cs.its.uiowa.edu/email/massmail.”  The College Republicans didn’t even know who all would be receiving the message.

At 11:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Professor Lewin sent another email saying:

I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity.  Despite the Republicans’ general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event “conservative coming out day,” appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement.   Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work.  And the “Animal Rights BBQ” is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause.  Then, in the email that Ms. Ginty sent complaining about my language, she referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted.  I do apologize for my intemperate language, but the message you all sent out was extremely disturbing and offensive.

It’s strange that Professor Lewin is upset with a student for calling her by her first name AFTER she told them to “$%@& [F Word] OFF.”  Quite honestly, Lewin’s continued attacks make it seem like more serious punishment of the professor is called for rather just than the public apology that the College Republicans are demanding.

Professor Tim Hagel, the faculty advisor for the University of Iowa College Republicans, also interjected on behalf of the group.

The issue isn’t whether you found something in the message sent by the College Republicans to have been offensive, but how you chose to express yourself.  Although some would disagree with the reasons in the message immediately below, there would have been a more appropriate way for you to have expressed yourself.  Your initial apology, though qualified, was at least a step in the right direction.  The “additional note” only served to retract the apology and was an apparent attempt to justify your initial response.

It’s not my place at this point to debate the merits of whether the CR message was offense, but let me remind you that they have First Amendment rights as much as you do and that their message was approved for mass distribution by the VP for Student Services, as was indicated at the bottom of the original message.

Let me also note that I found your complaint about Ms. Ginty’s use of your first name to be rather ironic.  As much as I agree with you that it would have been better for her to have shown the respect for your position by referring to you as “Professor,” respect is a two way street and you clearly did not show respect for the College Republicans in your initial response.

-TH

Tim Hagle

Associate Professor

UICR Faculty Advisor

Update :University of Iowa President Sally Mason has responded to the incident by sending out a blast email.  Mason’s response was “spurred” by TheIowaRepublican.com’s story about the incident.

Dear Members of the University Community:

The University of Iowa encourages freedom of expression, opposing viewpoints, and civil debate about those opposing viewpoints.  This is clearly articulated in our core values of Diversity and Respect.  Because diversity, broadly defined, advances its mission of teaching, research, and service, the University is dedicated to an inclusive community in which people of different cultural, national, individual, and academic backgrounds encounter one another in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and shared appreciation.

The University also strongly encourages student engagement in such discussions and supports students acting on their viewpoints.  Student organizations are sometimes formed along political lines and act on their political beliefs.  Even if we personally disagree with those viewpoints, we must be respectful of those viewpoints in every way.  Intolerant and disrespectful discord is not acceptable behavior.

Sally Mason
President

Below is the original email that includes Lewin’s response.

In 2010, Lewin’s salary from the University of Iowa was $94,800.00 plus benefits.  In her spare time, Professor Lewin was written books entitled, Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America, and Gay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America.

0 thoughts on “University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off

  1. @woodman: (2) I was blackmailed at the felony level (Code of Iowa, 711.4 paragraph 5) by a U of Iowa administrator named Carol Aschenbrener, Assoc. Dean of medical students, who also had money-juggling activities going on with thousands or maybe millions of dollars of misdirected Federal student loan funds (via her student loan subordinate Kay Colangelo). The felony activity was based on years of lies and prior set-ups. When I talked to the wife of the local prosecutor, then-County Attorney Pat White, instead of prosecuting Aschenbrener he tipped her off ergo Aschenbrener had a university friend in Columbia, Missouri, try to bribe me out of state with a job offer to get rid of me.

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  2. @woodman: (3) The Johnson Co. (Iowa) Democrats are happy to cover up crimes for one another, and White’s job security largely depended on keeping certain well-placed lefties happy. A few years later, Aschenbrener’s friend T. Anne Cleary, financially related to Aschenbrener and also part of the Iowa City/university lesbian network, blackmailed an already unstable student named Lu Gang, who in Nov. 1991 pulled out his gun and shot Cleary dead along with 4 or 5 others on campus (cf. the book “Deadly Scholarship” by Edwin Chen). Cleary’s title at the time was University Vice-President, and her successor under a new title of Associate Provost was Susan R. Johnson, yet another part of the Iowa City university lesbian network, who had previously been Dean of Faculty at the medical school and has for years been happy to go kill babies at the Emma Goldman abortion mill.

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  3. @woodman: (4) Lewin was hired into the University of Iowa under Susan Johnson and “like-minded individuals” who are always trying to promote their own agendas on the taxpayer’s dime, especially when few or none notice what they are all about. So of course they would like to keep their racket as denied and covered up as possible. Mafia-styled organizations generally do. What was revealed by Ellen Lewin’s infantile outburst out of the Dept. of {Lesbian} Women’s Studies was merely a rare instance of lack of control in relation to what is ordinarily kept carefully concealed. Their philosophy and conduct is all about total dictatorship, Newspeak level of control over whatever they interpret as “crimethought,” and keeping the peasants ignorant. There are many other examples of other parts of Iowa City’s problem with institutionalized perversion, such as nursing professors manipulating nursing students into literally prostituting themselves in the beds of nursing professors, Steve Sueppel clubbing his family to death Easter 2008 with the Iowa City police promptly denying they could ever possibly get to the bottom of the case (after Sueppel had spent hours leaving blow-by-blow teasing accounts at his dad’s and brother’s law office the night of the multiple murders, plus written notes all over the murder scene as he was carrying out his murder sequences), the shooting of Eric Shaw as covered up by Iowa City policeman Troy Kelsay, and other day-to-day examples of the homosexual network making as sure as possible that few or no ordinary citizens figure out how criminally corrupt and perverted they have made themselves, the University of Iowa, and all aspects of government they can con their way into.

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  4. @ woodman (5) Just remember Abraham Lincoln said: “You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.” The homosexual racket in Iowa City, funded with millions of dollars milked away from the university, is far more dangerous in its deeds and aspirations than most realize. And, for past performance according to Iowa City standards, Assoc. Provost Susan Johnson has meanwhile been promoted to University Omsbudsperson in University President Sally Mason’s office. So, she’s in a very good position to protect Lewin and keep her on the state payroll, or if need be find Lewin a cushy sinecure in some other state where Joe Citizen has been kept even more ignorant as to how the racket juggles appearances as needed. It makes me wonder: how long until Johnson is made more politically correct with the title of University Omsbudsperdaughter?

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  5. CConservative:

    The Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII), and Germany’s vice chancellor, Franz von Papen, formally signed a concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich on July 20, 1933. Among the witnesses to this event were Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini (the future Pope Paul VI) and Msgr. Ludwig Kaas, the leader of Germany’s Catholic Center Party. The pope ratified the agreement two months later. The Concordat of 1933 specified the church’s rights in the Third Reich. At no time during Hitler’s reign did either party abolish this concordat.
    Hitler used this to show he had won the church’s approval, thereby gaining international recognition of his Nazi regime. Some see this event as a manifestation of Pope Pius XI’s and Cardinal Pacelli’s underlying motives, which allegedly included their preference for dictatorships over democracies, their readiness to use Nazi Germany as a bulwark against the spread into Europe of Stalin’s Communism and their disregard for German Jews.

    Almost all scholars agree that Hitler’s hatred for the Jews was based on religious grounds. [Jews killed Jesus]. Although Hitler had problems with the Catholic Church and eventually wanted to replace Catholicism with his brand of Christianity, the very fact that Hitler wanted a united German Church shows he considered himself a Christian. At no time did he denounce Christianity.

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  6. Clownson, are you out of your mind, or simply ignorant of history? Sure, Jews were first on the hit list, but Hitler’s own diaries and inner circle reveal that he wanted a united (ecumenical?) christian church to water down their teachings, and that they were next on the hit list after he was done exterminating Jews & handicapped. The more watered-down and “unified” denominations are, the less meaningful they are…see today’s mainline churches that have rushed forward to join the Natl Council of Churches, etc, and have set aside “controversial” teachings for the social non-gospel. Catholics ignoring homosexual pervert priests; Lutherans, Presbyterians, UCC, Methodists who “just want to get along” (like during WW2 era) and throwing away the Gospel for the social gospel of “getting along” rather than following Christ. Perhaps reading the putridness and lukewarmness that had invaded those united churches, to the point of them turning in their neighbors to “obey the law” would impress you.

    Erwin Lutzer’s book on Lessons to Learn from WW2 is a must-read for you. Unified church = no Bonhoeffer.

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  7. Farmgirl – My original response was for the idiot that compared the SS to homosexuals.
    Whether Hitler used religion to justify his atrocities or whether he believed he was doing his God’s work makes no difference to all who lost their lives because of him and his men. For whatever reasons, the Vatican made a pact with him and never, at least openly, condemned what he did.

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  8. farmgirl, I share your passion about anything National Council of Churches. We left the apostate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America nearly twenty years ago after their last merger. These folks have totally gone over the deep end. Now, being Missouri Synod Lutheran, for someone to use the word “Lutheran” makes me nervous because the term has become as polluted as the term “Christian”. It can mean so much, it mean nothing.

    In Iowa we have lots of UNITED Methodist churches, UNITED Churches of Christ (which really doesn’t care much for Christ’s teachings) Presbyterian Church of America and lots of others which are now left wing political organizations.

    If you have a question if your church belongs to the NCC, simply google the NCC to find out. It won’t hurt to read about them all you can.

    BVP belongs (or belonged) to the Reformed Church of America, which is part of the NCC. If he still goes to that church, they teach homosexuality and abortion are both acceptable. That’s what you get with NCC “churches”.

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