Colleagues, friends remember Professor Mike Adams: beloved freedom fighter, champion of First Amendment

Jul 26, 2020 by

He was a soldier … committed to truth, and deeply invested in his students’ success.

Professor Mike Adams, an atheist turned Christian conservative known as a firebrand and staunch defender of the unborn and Constitutional rights, has died. He was 55.

The longtime University of North Carolina-Wilmington criminology professor was found dead at his home Thursday. Police have yet to release the cause of death. A local news outlet, citing police dispatch banter, reports that a gunshot wound was involved.

Adams is best known for successfully suing UNCW for denying him a promotion because of his Christian, conservative beliefs. In 2014, Adams won a retroactive promotion and back pay, as well as $700,000 in legal fees, in a decision that capped off a seven-year court battle.

Adams’ lengthy court case “in the face of so much personal animosity took enormous strength and resolve,” said Jay Schalin, a scholar with the North Carolina-based Martin Center for Academic Renewal, in an email to The College Fix.

Schalin said Adams will always have “a tremendous legacy in the world of higher education and the fight for free inquiry because of Adams v. UNC-Wilmington.”

Adams was also well known as a contributing columnist for the conservative news outlets Townhall and the Daily Wire. He was a frequent critic of leftist higher education bias. He was also a prolific pro-life speaker and involved in the Christian campus apologetics group Summit Ministries.

Source: Colleagues, friends remember Professor Mike Adams: beloved freedom fighter, champion of First Amendment | The College Fix

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