LONG BEACH, Calif. – Conservatives have long complained that the nation's universities are skewed to foster liberal political beliefs, and now one California professor is taking heat for the perceived slant of a class.
Clifton Snider, a professor at California State University Long Beach (search), has suggested to his English 101 students that they write about current political topics.
In this required class, Snider asks students to think about: "Is it right for the Bush administration to use the War on Terrorism for political or commercial purposes? Should Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search) have been impeached for her partisan, political actions in the Bush v. Gore case? What evidence do we have that Mr. Bush and his cronies lied to the American people in promoting the Iraq war?"
Snider also prohibits students from writing about prayer in public schools, same-sex marriage, the "so-called faith-based initiative (search)," abortion and "so-called creationism," which in his opinion, "[there is] no other side apart from chauvinistic, religious, or bigoted opinions."
"The real issue is he is able to manipulate the students' minds year in and year out," said student Marissa Fremais. "And I think the university should take a look at that and force him to be a little, not-so-one-sided on the issue."
FOX News asked the school's chancellor, faculty Senate and English Department to address the students' complaints — and they all refused. Snider also failed to respond to repeated e-mails, calls, and notes left in his office. However, he did suggest on his Web site that his persistent criticism of the administration is protected by principles of academic freedom.
Click on the video box near the top of this story to watch a report by FOX News' William LaJeunesse.