Hearing Tuesday in case of NC professor fired for opposing critical theory | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

    WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

    WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Phillips v. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    WHEN: Immediately following hearing, which begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 2

    WHERE: Wake Superior Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville St. Mall, Raleigh, Courtroom 010A. To schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Manager Ellie Wittman at (202) 503-7984.

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a professor fired by the North Carolina Governor's School after he spoke out about the harms of the racially divisive ideology the school is embracing will be available for media interviews Tuesday following oral arguments at the Wake Superior Courthouse.

    Dr. David Phillips was a well-respected English professor who spent eight summers teaching at the Governor's School, a residential summer program for the state's most talented high-school seniors. For years, Phillips spoke out against the school's increasing adoption of critical theory, an ideology that views everyone and everything through the lens of characteristics like race, sex, and religion, labeling people as perpetual oppressors or victims based on group membership alone. After Phillips delivered three optional seminars in June 2021 critiquing critical theory and the increasing bias and lack of viewpoint diversity in higher education, North Carolina public school officials fired him mid-session without any explanation.

    Full news release, quotes, and related media resources available at the following link:


    Case Name: Phillips v. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

   Phone: (480) 444-0020
   Online: adfmedia.org/book-interview
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