Ferris State University in Michigan fires professor who used racist and homophobic slurs, called COVID-19 ‘leftist stunt’
A Michigan university professor has been fired after posting racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic comments on Twitter.
Ferris State University physical sciences professor Thomas Brennan announced his firing Saturday on Twitter, and the university confirmed to The Detroit News that Brennan was fired on Thursday.
A representative of the university could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.
Brennan was placed on administrative leave in November 2020 for his comments, according to a message sent to the campus by Ferris State University President David L. Eisler sent on Nov. 23.
His posts included a racial slur about Neil deGrasse Tyson, a homophobic slur, COVID-19 denial, and comments about a “Jewish mafia” and COVID-19 being a “(J)ewish revolution,” according to a report from The Torch, the university’s student newspaper.
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Brennan also disrupted a Zoom meeting in August 2020, saying COVID-19 was a “leftist stunt” and the death rates were “exaggerated,” Eisler said in his message.
In a November statement in response to the university’s actions, Brennan defended using a racial slur, saying he was trying to “neutralize its power,” and fought back against the allegations of denying science and being anti-Semitic.
He further defended the offensive language in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“My defense is that I was acting out and speaking out of despair caused by a personal crisis involving extremely painful migraines, emf sensitivity and a series of repeated break-ins into my home,” Brennan said.
“I believe that I am a targeted individual. I am one of thousands of Americans from all walks of life who claim to be victims of a secret program that harasses people, breaks into their homes, and uses emf along with bio, neuro, or nano-technologies to poison and torture their targets.”
The acronym, EMF, means electromagnetic field.
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