July/August 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin

A Texas professor who complained about a taxpayer-funded tower featuring four Christian crosses is out of a job.

Sissy Bradford, an adjunct criminology professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, complained in November 2011 about the tower, which was being built on private land near campus with city funds.

The tower also featured the university seal and was on track to someday become the property of the public school. Thanks to her protest and a letter from the Americans United Legal Department, the crosses were subsequently removed.

On May 16 of this year, Bradford was informed by the university that her services would longer be needed even though she was already scheduled to teach four classes in the fall. No reason was given, according to the San Antonio Current.

This development came after Bradford had been subjected to months of vicious backlash from cross defenders. Things got so bad that she asked campus police to protect her, but her requests were ignored. (The university declined to comment on the matter).

According to the Current, she later complained to Texas A&M at College Station, which allowed her to file a statement with university police on Dec. 5. The newspaper learned that school police did open an investigation, but closed it without taking any action.