- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2017

San Diego State University is defending an associate dean’s First Amendment rights after he called the GOP a terrorist group on Facebook.

“The Republican Party has become an extremist terrorist organization,” SDSU Associate Dean Patrick McCarthy wrote in the comments section of another user’s now-deleted post comparing “right-wing extremists” to the Islamic State, according to screenshots obtained by Campus Reform.

Another commenter pointed out that Mr. McCarthy was, in effect, calling his own school’s College Republicans group a terrorist organization, to which the faculty member responded, “College Republicans and the Republican Party of the United States are separate organizations.”

The commenter said Mr. McCarthy was still suggesting that his school’s College Republicans chapter engages with a terror organization.

The exchange caught the attention of Brandon Jones, president of the school’s College Republicans, who demanded Mr. McCarthy apologize.

“We just got compared to an organization that kills hundreds of thousands of people through terror tactics and bombings,” Mr. Jones told a local ABC affiliate.

“All too often professors contribute to politically motivated violence towards conservative students in the classroom where they continuously preach their views, as opposed to teach the coursework,” he said in a statement to Campus Reform. “The SDSU CRs ask Patrick McCarthy to apologize to our organization for contributing to violence against Conservatives on campus.”

Mr. Jones told ABC that his group would push for Mr. McCarthy’s resignation if he does not apologize.

The university responded to the controversy in a statement:

“The views and opinions expressed by faculty and staff on their personal accounts are protected by the First Amendment and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the University.”

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