Whoever said inquisitions and witch hunts were things of the past? A big one is going on now. The sociologist Mark Regnerus, at the University of Texas at Austin, is being smeared in the media and subjected to an inquiry by his university over allegations of scientific misconduct.
Regnerus's offense? His article in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research reported that adult children of parents who had same-sex romantic relationships, including same-sex couples as parents, have more emotional and social problems than do adult children of heterosexual parents with intact marriages. That's it. Regnerus published ideologically unpopular research results on the contentious matter of same-sex relationships. And now he is being made to pay.
For those who say you don't need tenure to protect academic freedom, I say this case stands as a sad example of why it is needed. To those who's say that the left's dominance of higher ed doesn't matter, I say this case stands as a sad example of how it ensures a politically correct environment in the classroom and the laboratory.