Jewish prof. says she lost her job at Texas A&M for complaining about crosses


(JTA) — A Jewish adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio said she has not been asked back to teach because she complained about crosses placed near the entrance of the public university.

Sissy Bradford, who taught criminology at the university, said she received hate mail both in hard copy and electronically, including death threats, the San Antonio Express reported.

Bradford last October protested against crosses affixed on the Tower of Hope, a tower demarcating the entrance to the university. The tower was paid for by the city although it sits on private land. Bradford said the crosses were inappropriate at the entrance to a publicly funded university.

“Christianity is not everyone’s tower or beacon of hope, nor is the promotion of Christianity the mission of Texas A&M University-San Antonio,” Bradford reportedly wrote to university officials in an e-mail last fall.

The San Antonio Express quoted a university spokeswoman as saying some 20 adjunct staff members will not be teaching in the fall due to the university’s "changing needs."

Adjuncts are hired on a semester-by-semester basis; Bradford had been at the university since 2010.

Bradford told the newspaper that she has hired an attorney and is considering suing the university.

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