FCC Professor Brad Lopez Denies Anti-Gay Remarks
Fresno, California (KFSN) -- After meeting with a school administrator, Fresno City College Health Instructor Brad Lopez and his attorney held a news conference to deny complaints he; Used the bible to teach scientific facts, and taught students homosexuality is a disease.
"My belief is the complaints that are being investigated currently are fruitless and without support," said Attorney Charles Magill.
Lopez said he has done nothing wrong. "Everything I teach is within the context of Health Science 1 on this campus."
The college is investigating complaints about Lopez filed on behalf of students by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Student Jacqui Maheffy is among those who complained, this is what she told us last week. "I was very upset about the homosexuality part. To think that this man would be telling me that my gay and lesbian friends, which I have quite a few of -- are ruining the world, are degrading society," said Maheffy.
Asked at his news conference if he made such statements, Lopez repeatedly said "No, I did not."
Lopez said any use of the Bible or religious views were simply to provoke critical thinking. He defended his right to do so as academic freedom. But ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill disagrees.
"He puts up a slide in his classroom as we said in our letter that Homosexuality is a disease. He is presenting that in his class as a fact as science ... but Homosexuality is not a disease. This is not just provoking thought. This is a professor in a classroom presenting facts that are wrong," said Gill.
But Gill said the ACLU is encouraged by the schools decision to investigate. In a letter to the ACLU the schools attorney said, "No instructor has a right to engage in political or religious indoctrination or other unprofessional conduct in the classroom."
In the letter the schools attorney said it will likely take several weeks to conduct the investigation to determine if Lopez violated any rules. Until then, Lopez said he plans to continue teaching the way he has for 18 years. The ACLU said Lopez' recorded classroom lectures and power point presentations are the best evidence against him.
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