A few days ago, I told you the story of an anti-religious incident at the University of South Florida, in which a professor had equated priests with excrement. I had contacted the professor, Dr. Timothy Weil, for comment; but instead, I received a response from his dean, Dr. Julianne Serovich. The case was being reviewed, she assured me, and a response would be sent to the Catholic League.
I expected the usual “academic-freedom-blah-blah” sort of statement to be issued by USF. I expected a back-slapping, eye-rolling, wink-wink, “keep-an-open-mind”, “oh-those-crazed-fundamentalists” sort of back story, as the university did damage control and moved on.
I’m happy to report that there is a much happier ending to the story than what I had expected: The Tampa Bay Times reports that Timothy Weil has been reprimanded by university officials. According to the Tampa Bay Times:
On Wednesday, the dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences wrote Timothy Weil a two-page “letter of counseling.” Weil, a practicum coordinator, will also be issuing an apology, dean Julianne Serovich said.
Read the rest of the article here.
Anyway, we move on. The case is closed.