‘Hang the queers’ professor sacked
A ‘conservative Christian’ professor at a Canadian college has been sacked after using Facebook to advocate the hanging of ‘queers’.
According to this report, Rick Coupland, a full-time professor of business at St Lawrence College in Kingston, shared a video of St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman raising a pride flag to start the month-long St Petersburg Pride festival.
Above the video Coupland wrote:
It’s the queers they should be hanging, not the flag …
Later Coupland posted:
I have to get off Facebook for awhile. I’ve been called into work and told to bring a representative re; my comments on FB. Please pray for me and my job ….” (Sic)
Coupland’s Facebook profile has since been deleted.
The posts came within days of SLC Brockville unveiling its new Rainbow Way on July 14, pictured above. An SLC Facebook post said:
Rainbow Way is the newly painted pathway on the Brockville campus that celebrates our LGBT staff and students and is a visual representation of the College’s inclusive community.
It was later reported here that, after college administrators received complaints, they began investigating the matter, then announced on the college’s Facebook page:
Mr Coupland is no longer an employee at St. Lawrence College.
An earlier post had noted that his comment was:
Not a reflection of our college values.
College spokeswoman Kelly Wiley said:
We have several policies that apply to the conduct of our employees. This includes the fact that we adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code; we also have harassment policies, a policy around outside activities of college employees, and our collective agreement.
The human rights code bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.