A Midwest university has censored a professor for displaying a poster on his office door with a television character’s quotation that school officials contend “can be interpreted as a threat.”
The poster by University of Wisconsin-Stout theater Professor James Miller was one of two items removed from his door by campus police at the direction of university police Chief Lisa Walter and with the support of Chancellor Charles Sorensen.
The campus police chief has threatened Miller with criminal charges for disorderly conduct if he duplicates the postings, and the professor is demanding that the Menomonie, Wisc., university respect his First Amendment rights.
The initial offending poster depicts a quotation from actor Nathan Fillion’s character Mal in the sci-fi series “Firefly” that aired briefly on Fox in 2002.
Confronting an adversary, Mal says, “You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. You’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed,” the Daily Caller reported.