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Professor Labels Troop Care Packages ‘Shameful’

A law professor and Afghanistan war veteran has quit his teaching position at Suffolk University in Boston after another faculty member circulated an e-mail openly bashing our overseas troops:

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Robert Roughsedge cut ties with Suffolk University in Boston in response to fellow law professor Michael Avery’s defamatory e-mail regarding troops fighting overseas, Fox affiliate WFXT-TV reports.

Avery criticized a school-wide drive to collect supplies for soldiers overseas, writing in an email to colleagues: “I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”

Avery, who specializes in constitutional law, also wrote that sympathy for American troops in harm’s way is “not particularly rational in today’s world.”

In response to Avery’s email, Roughsedge submitted his letter of resignation on Monday, telling WTXF in an interview that the e-mail is “hate speech.”

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