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A&M-SA slow to respond to threats made in Tower of Hope debacle, Sissy Bradford charges

May 16, 2012

With the school year winding down, there’s one lesser-heard story from Texas A&M-SA’s “tower fight” that still deserves an airing. And it hinges on the experience of adjunct criminology professor Sissy Bradford, who challenged the constitutionality of placing crosses on the Tower of Hope at the entrance to Texas A&M-SA. While the short-lived conflict was well-covered in the press, what was not touched upon was the zealous blowback and abuse Bradford received for taking her unpopular stand, including the receipt of threatening emails messages and unnerving letters (and at least one Christmas card reading simply “Hope I am the first”).

Bradford knew her complaint that a religious symbol should not adorn the entrance to a publicly funded campus would rub some the wrong way, but it was a complaint that found fast support from groups like Americans United and the tower owner (VTLM Group, a private developer that hoped to turn the property over to the city) quickly removed the crosses in mid-November. In its short life, the debate generated heated exchanges on both sides, but by far the worst of it came from cross supporters with Bradford in their sights.

On November 27 Bradford received an email that asked: “As a professor, do you have the right to live?” before the author rambled on to describe Bradford being sealed in a coffin with a cross inside of it. “After that you will reign with your father satan,” the message continued, before suggesting that she should — of all things — wed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On top of the hateful emails, Bradford was waylaid on campus by a local TV news film crew (aided by one of her students, who she said was interning at the station). She began to feel not very safe on campus. But don’t look for signs of her distress in campus police filings dating back to November. While she showed up to report the harassment, officers at the University Police Department refused to take her statements, she told the Current.

Weeks went by. Students took to walking her to class and to her car, she said, since campus security was not available. Her request for access to an office for adjunct faculty, Bradford said, was refused by the administration. (Marilu A. Reyna, associate vice president for university communications, offered only that the university does not comment on “personnel matters.”)

After taking her complaint higher up to A&M at College Station, Bradford said she was finally able to file a statement with UPD on December 5. In a two-page Voluntary Statement, she states, “I am being stalked & harassed & threatened by student(s) & community members because I am not a Christian. There exists a clear & prolonged pattern of unwanted communication, contact, threats, & invasion of privacy.”

UPD’s Sergeant Roberto Lopez told the Current a case was opened into Bradford’s complaint and since closed, however an open records request would be needed to access a copy of it, he said. The Current filed a public information request for the report and related paperwork on May 9, but has still not received the material (state open records law states that requested materials should be produced immediately, but allows 10 working days to either comply fully or appeal to the Texas Attorney General’s office).

Meanwhile, other students appear to have shared in Bradford’s harassment, as well. When Kirsten Verdi (who graduated from A&M-SA in December with a degree in psychology) spoke up in Bradford’s defense in one class she said she was told by a fellow student simply, “You need to be beaten.”

“I felt protective of her because I couldn’t believe what I was reading all the time. I just couldn’t believe what was going on. Some of these responses were very disturbing.”

Message boards filled up with unflattering comments about Bradford. An Examiner blog went up on the subject (and was subsequently taken down by the author) sharing personal information culled from Bradford’s Facebook page. “It got so bad that I complained over and over again,” said Verdi. “Call me hypersensitive or whatever, but it got to the point that I was afraid to go to my own graduation in December because of some of the statements people made. Maybe I took it too much to heart because I felt like I was being attacked as well indirectly.”

While the Express-News editorial board defended the crosses, given the experience of Bradford and others, it’s hard not to agree with the editorial’s conclusion that praises the prompt response by the VTLM Group, writing: “It is probably for the best, because the quick action served to defuse the situation before it could get more heated.”

Good thing, indeed.

Given how commonly those who complain about such church-state are targeted, it would seem UPD would be even more vigilant.

“Individuals who raise these concerns often are the target of a backlash in their community,” said Heather Weaver, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s program on the freedom of religion. “That’s why many of the plaintiffs sue anonymously. Across the country they face extreme vitriol from certain segments of the community: threats, instances where houses have been fire-bombed, certainly many harassing remarks are made, death threats.

“The school has an obligation to treat [Bradford's] claim for investigation or request for protection in the same manner that it would treat [anyone else],” Weaver added. “To refuse that request based upon the fact that she complained about these crosses is just wholly improper.”

But for those still squinting their eyes for signs of the Antichrist in Bradford, you won’t want to hear the message of her former student Linda Rodriguez. After a fellow sociology student at Northeast Lakeview College killed themselves in 2010, professor Bradford joined two teary students in the restroom to offer comfort — and then (despite not sharing their faith) joined them both in prayer. When Rodriguez heard all the things being said about Bradford at A&M-SA last fall, she said she cried all over again. “I really did break down and cry because she is a really, really extraordinary lady.”

Update 10:05 a.m., 5/18/2012

The day this blog went up, Bradford was informed that she will not be teaching any of the four classes she had been scheduled to teach at Texas A&M-SA in the fall.

An email dated May 16 addressed to Bradford from William Bush, interim head of the School of Arts and Sciences, reads:

I’m writing to inform you that the School of Arts and Sciences will not be able to offer you any classes in the fall semester.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please submit a written request to Dr. Brent Snow, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs.

Please note that he will be traveling abroad until Tuesday, May 29.

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  • Bmorefree35

    People should not be judged or punished just because they stand up for something they believe in. Professor Bradford is a strong well educated woman who has taught my alot! She is someone I will stand by no matter how others may feel.

  • Gitmachine

    Professor Bradford is absolutely correct with the separation of State and Church.  The issue is not about belief and in an organization that represents higher learning it fails to embrace those convictions.  Texas A & M University San Antonio should have provided mediation through Human Resource and provide safe environment for Staff, Faculty and Alumni.  This basically  took serious repercuccions on everyone by allowing this to escalated to this level of hostility.   Perhaps this may be stemmed from the lack of experience or maturity of this organization of higher learning.  Something that Texas A & M University organization should look into as a whole and make necessary adjustments internally.

  • http://twitter.com/lheras67 Luis Heras

    I stand with Professer Bradford!

  • Jogger49

    There is no room for tyranny in this country….PERIOD!!!!!!

  • Jogger49

    Professor Bradford didn’t stand up for what she believed in,  she stood up for what is RIGHT!!!!!! 

  • Eatme

    Great to see that not all my fellow S.A.’s are mindless sheep!  

  • Fcarreon2006

    Professor Bradford is stupid for debating over a cross. If she does not like it, she should get another job. That is good that she felt harrassed after that email because that is the same way we as Christians felt. Welcome to our world. I feel bad for you Sissy Bradford. Who is the SISSY NOW!!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    Professor Bradford is stupid for debating over a cross. If she does not like it, she should get another job. That is good that she felt harrassed after that email because that is the same way we as Christians felt. Welcome to our world. I feel bad for you Sissy Bradford. Who is the SISSY NOW!!!

  • Warriones

    She obviously didn’t proofread your comment- taught ME alot- dumba**.

  • Warriones

    In whose eyes is it RIGHT?  The devil thought he was right too, and look at where he is at?

  • Warriones

    Look at what separation of church and state has done in the past couple of decades.  There is more violence going on in schools.  A simple cross at the entrance does not harm anyone.  If she and others don’t like it, they don’t have to look at it!!  Besides, the tower was built to make a connection with the area and surrounding culture.  There are several missions around the San Antonio.  Imagine if everyone started complaining about those too!! It’s just ridiculous!! 

  • milo4

    Although the powers of separation of CHURCH AND STATE held firmly in the situation the facts remain that the removal of the crosses could’ve gone either way. The tower located at the entrance of the university sits on city property, not Texas A&M-San Antonio property. However, because the tower represents the university it was determined that the crosses be removed for equality of all religious and non-religious beliefs. As a gift to Texas A&M the artist created the Tower of Esperanza to represent the City of San Antonio, and to modify such art on the basis of ones personal beliefs or non-beliefs is sad. 

  • milo4

    Although the powers of separation of CHURCH AND STATE held firmly in the situation the facts remain that the removal of the crosses could’ve gone either way. The tower located at the entrance of the university sits on city property, not Texas A&M-San Antonio property. However, because the tower represents the university it was determined that the crosses be removed for equality of all religious and non-religious beliefs. As a gift to Texas A&M the artist created the Tower of Esperanza to represent the City of San Antonio, and to modify such art on the basis of ones personal beliefs or non-beliefs is sad. 

  • Fcarreon2006

    She is so educated that needs students to accompany her to her car!! Loser!!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    and together you will fall!!!

  • http://www.sacurrent.com/ gharman

    i don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but the copy of the email i saw that is cited in this story asking bradford if she “had a right to live” (among other horrendous and threatening images) came from a “warriones” email handle. are you the same person?

  • Fcarreon2006

    no you are wrong. majority of S.A. are mindless and full of S**T including professor bradford!!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    does it matter who wrote the damn email? the thing is that does act that sissy bradford did was wrong!!! where were the “horrendous and threatening images” that i cant see fool?

  • David Lopez

    I hope that in hindsight she found that openly protesting tiny crosses on a tower – in a community full of Christians and Catholics – was not a good idea. Wait! This is San Antonio right? Where the majority of our population is Hispanic. Smart move. I wonder if anybody here can cite the specific wording that covers the use of religious symbols and the legality of the placement of such symbols on state-owned structures.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOS7MA6NJWUXGW2EK5NLD7ENDI Dan

    Interesting that those professing a belief in this whole Christianity thing are the ones that acting the most un-Christian.  Jesus would have condemned the actions of those retaliating against Ms. Bradford.  Remember your Matthew.  ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted in the name of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’  All of you need to remember something:  It’s easy to say you’re a Christian, try being one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOS7MA6NJWUXGW2EK5NLD7ENDI Dan

    Why should she get another job?  She works at a university, not a church.  Those who don’t believe should have the same courtesy shown to them as those who do.  For you to say that being harassed is a good thing goes against everything it means to be a Christian.  Jesus would condemn your statement as sinful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOS7MA6NJWUXGW2EK5NLD7ENDI Dan

    But Jesus says it is up to God to decide what is right, not man.  So unless you are a heretic claiming to be God, then shut up.

  • Warriones

    You’re the one that needs to shut up!  I’m not saying what is right, I’m asking a simple question stupid! 

  • Warriones

    If she works at a University, she should KNOW there is a display of diverse beliefs on campus.  Does she go around doing this everywhere she goes?  If she finds the cross offensive, she shouldn’t look at it or drive by it.  It’s quite simple.  Further, why should she be shown courtesy if she doesn’t?  Remember the Golden Rule.  How would you know Jesus would condemn such a statement?  Do you know Him? Did He tell you?   

  • Warriones

    Actually, Sissy Bradford barked up the wrong tree.  Christians have been quiet for too long and look at where the country is now.  What righteousness has Bradford done to inherit the kingdom?  She is not being persecuted for doing something righteous.  Mr. Religous, you need to read and know the Bible first before you cite it.   

  • Warriones

    Actually, Sissy Bradford barked up the wrong tree.  Christians have been quiet for too long and look at where the country is now.  What righteousness has Bradford done to inherit the kingdom?  She is not being persecuted for doing something righteous.  Mr. Religous, you need to read and know the Bible first before you cite it.   

  • Fcarreon2006

    i agree with warriones! All this B*LLS**T started when she B and C about a cross.  There are a lot of stupid people on Sissy Bradford side. Why are you kissing but to her? what has she done for you?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/APEUAZ6RXWSCLWSB36NZ5IVZNQ sissyBRADFORD

    Dan, find me please. sb33162

  • Fcarreon2006

    First of all, i know that your are not God so up yours!!!

  • Gitmachine

    This is for all you self righteous Christians.  From the scriptures Mathew 7: 21-23 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW THEE; DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.   Your own scriptures condemn you for your shameless action against Professor Bradford.  She will probably wind up in heaven before any of you. 

  • Fcarreon2006

    how can the devil cast out the devil? Unless you are God, you have no right to mention the bible, dumbutt!!!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    Dan does not need to find you!  you need to find JESUS! He will save you and PROTECT! instead of taking students with you! what an idiot!

  • Bmorefree35

    She needed to be accompanied to the car because so called Christians were threatening her life and the school did nothing about it.

  • Gitmachine

    What do you know you have never read it.  You only know what THEY say and go to church like the Pharisees that Jesus rebuked.  Their lips praise God but their hearts are far away from Him who created them.  You are a sad person I praise Professor Bradford for getting under your skin I know who you are.  My butt is pretty smart great ideas evolve from it how about yours?  Got Bible?

  • Jogger49

    Right In the eyes of the Constitution of the United States of America!!!!!!!!! 

  • Jogger49

    Dan, you are a bully, you don’t tell me to shut up

  • Jogger49

    The last time I checked San Antonio is on US American soil, San Antonio is not Mexico…..so what if it is dominated by a certain religious group.  The laws of the USA apply here, don’t like it go where it’s done your way…..south ;)   

  • Jogger49

    There is no room for catholic tyranny in San Antonio ;)

  • Jogger49

    I am sick and tired of the disrespect towards Prof. Bradfort on this comment board.  Name calling, mocking her because of her name……we have way too many psychopaths running around in SA,Your conduct is DIABOLIC!!!!! 

  • Jogger49

    Your comment is uncalled for, get a shrink and do something about your psychopathic behavior

  • Jogger49

    Maybe it’s time to contact the Pope and see what he has to say about what has been  happening in San Antonio, TX…..he doesn’t seem to keep a close eye on his flock ;) 

  • Fcarreon2006

    There is no room for stupidity in this city and yet there is!!! How about that?

  • Luvgaea

    Warriones,
    I am curious how you will respond to this. A simple pentagram at the entrance wouldn’t harm anyone either. Would it bother you to look at it?  How about the Star of David? Or perhaps a Star and Cresent? Wld that cause YOU grief?  Funny  how you never really see pagans or even Jews or Muslims (who share your belief in one god) trying to place their symbols on public buildings then getting all bent out of shape when someone who doesn’t believe the same takes issue with it by bring up its constitutionality. Why is it always crosses or the ten commandments or something like that in these stories? Hmmm… think about that for a moment. I’ve never understood the big headed idea that certain Christians somehow think that because they are a majority in this country they are somehow exempt  from separation of church and state. It’s there for a reason. I am not a Christian and I would not dream of asking to have my religious symbols plastered all over a public building. It really does nothing to unite us as a country when we go out of our way to highlight our differences… nor does it do any good to try and shove one religion down the throats of all. I promise no one will complain about the missions. They are historical sites and not part of a publicly funded university system. 

  • HiStephanie

    Stephanie Carreon – does your Daddy know about the emailed threat you sent to Sissy Bradford back in November? 

    @03cbf5a6a8d33d725fe226a89536bde1:disqus  Dan was referring to Stephanie aka Warriones. She’s a bit of a wacko, and likes to send “anonymous” email threats of violence.

  • HiStephanie

    or just forward it to her daddy Enrique Carreon.

    https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.carreon.54 

  • HiStephanie

    Are you threatening someone else over the internet, again Stephanie?

  • HiStephanie

    her response to it is actually in the article. Warriones aka Stephanie Carreon is the one who sent the rambling email to Professor bradford that stated ”
    “As a professor, do you have the right to live?” before the author rambled on to describe Bradford being sealed in a coffin with a cross inside of it. “After that you will reign with your father satan,” the message continued, before suggesting that she should — of all things — wed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”

    The actual email was: (and both were traced.)

    From: Stephanie Carreon [warriones@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:40 PM
    To: Sissy Bradford
    Subject: Professor
    As a professor, do you have a right to live? Have you ever been married or you’re too ugly and stupid that nobody wants you? Do you know the difference between good and evil? Do you know why you exist? The day you die, a cross is going to be inside your coffin and a cross on your tomb to let you know who is KING.  Your tongue will confess and your knees will bow down to the Holy name of JESUS.  After that you will reign with your father satan.  You’re a perfect idiot profesor that has no morals.  You don’t know whether you’re coming or going. You live a sorry, depressing life seeking evil instead of good.  You and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will  make a perfect couple; you should consider it and leave now. You are a disgrace to Texas A&M and to the United States of America!

  • HiStephanie

    @gharman:disqus  Yes it was. Also Fcarreon2006 was originating fromt he same router. 

    Warriones aka  Steaphie Carreon is the daughter of Bexar County Sheriff Enrique Carreon.
    And yes, she was the one who wrote the rambling threatening email and keeps hopping between “warriones” and “Fcarreon2006″

  • HiStephanie

    bible bible bible? B I B L E. Seriously Steph, you need to get help before you get arrested, and of course, this all will make your Dad look like crap. Did I mention CPS? 

    All of these keystrokes are logged. In fact, when you sent that email threatening Miss Bradford at her place of employment, it was traced right to your house. Now you are just adding to the evidence.

  • StephanieMcCrazypants

    Well of course you would, it’s your account.

  • HiStephanie

    @gharman:disqus  You might want to forward this stuff to CPS. Stephanie is a danger to herself and others, and is clearly not functioning in reality.

  • HiStephanie

    Otherwise Stephanie Carreon will write more crazy emails like (seriously, this kind of thought process is no different than the guys who flew into the twin towers):

    As a professor, do you have a right to live? Have you ever been married or you’re too ugly and stupid that nobody wants you? Do you know the difference between good and evil? Do you know why you exist? The day you die, a cross is going to be inside your coffin and a cross on your tomb to let you know who is KING.  Your tongue will confess and your knees will bow down to the Holy name of JESUS.  After that you will reign with your father satan.  You’re a perfect idiot profesor that has no morals.  You don’t know whether you’re coming or going. You live a sorry, depressing life seeking evil instead of good.  You and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will  make a perfect couple; you should consider it and leave now. You are a disgrace to Texas A&M and to the United States of America!

  • HiStephanie


    Further, why should she be shown courtesy if she doesn’t?’
    Well if you proclaim yourself to be a Christian, it’s part of YOUR belief system, Stephanie.Golden Rule predates the old testament. Christianity follows a “turn the other cheek” (which is repeated in the book of Matthew)How would you know Jesus would condemn such a statement?  Do you know Him? Did He tell you?  It’s in the New Testament which is the foundation of Christian beliefs. That is good that she felt harrassed after that email.And, that right there folks is Stephanies admitting to writing the harassing email. Texas State actually has a fantastic law regarding cyber harassment, and with this, charges can be pressed.Ps. It’s a Felony =)

  • StephanieHi

    I want to pretend to be Stephanie (warriones/fcarreon2006)

    URFACE!

  • HiStephanie

    MUDKIPS!

    two different email accounts, same person, same I.P.

  • Karen Jensen

    I am not surprised that A&M San Antonio took the Fall classes away from Professor Bradford. Their behavior in this matter has been cowardly. This is a shameful episode in this school’s short history. It is a shameful episode in this city’s history. We must stop violence and the threat of violence against people who stand up for our constitutional rights.

  • Fcarreon2006

    too bad, you can’t and will never be her!!! your so funny!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    your an idiot!!

  • Fcarreon2006

    are you sure you didn’t write it? obviously your name begins with stephanie as well. i saw no evidence that she wrote it!

  • AQ

    Such “good Christians”, showing yet again that they worship an abusive bully of a god.

    I’m an armed Pagan, and I stand with Professor Bradford!

  • Leigh Williams

    This
    Stephanie Carreon person is a dangerous loon.  If her daddy is indeed the sheriff of Bexar County, I hope someone has drawn his attention to her mental state.  She’s skating really close to actionable threats.

  • Dlreyna2010

    This is South Texas. How much more south do you think I should go?  The point was that it was not very smart of her to take that approach. From what I understand, she went straight to the news instead of the chain of command at her workplace which is unacceptable. Sure she did not deserve the backlash that she received but it is her own fault. It’s better to take responsibility and do things the right way without taking shortcuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705167756 Rachel Kusama

    “You’re”. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705167756 Rachel Kusama

    “You’re”. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705167756 Rachel Kusama

    Also, the difference between being considered eccentric and being batshit insane, is eloquence and the attempt to utilize proper grammar. Guess which one you aren’t, guano!
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705167756 Rachel Kusama

    Life doesn’t occur  in a vacuum; you are correct in that there might have been a better method of expressing it, and typically those channels are open.

    This past year, we’ve seen far too many breakdowns in these “open” lines of communication. Typically, in previous years, SGA would hold student forums that would address some of these issues, and mediate discourse.

    The University employs a lot of wonderful, intelligent, eloquent people, and it’s expected that they come from different backgrounds (they aren’t clones, right?)

    I do want to point out, that it isn’t fair to the South, to pigeon hole it. It isn’t just Christian, it isn’t just Mexican. Metaphorically speaking, the reason our food is so good is because of the diverse flavors and infusion of cultural based recipes – “Tex Mex”! Our people are the same, a beautiful infusion of diversity.

    Viví en la frontera para cinco años. Te quiero los Mexicanos, la cultura, las historia, las comidas. Cuando estaba embarazada con mi niña y vívi en California, quieren regressar.
    (Perdon mis gramatica, porque no mi practican.)

    It was because of that experience, and a class titled “Intercultural Communication”, that I began to understand many of my own faux pas.
    The Southwest has a different method of communicating, that is a little more indirect. For those used to direct communication (which can coincidentally come off as “rude”.) it can come off as seeming dishonest.

    Professor Bradford is a wonderful woman to chat with, she’s very caring, intelligent and has  an enthusiasm for life that “my people” might define as Chutzpah. I always imagined her at a more prestigious University, and I suspect that is where she will end up.  –However, doing this interview at this time, was not an appropriate idea (for her.) Feelings are still raw, and it could be all the “push” that someone like Stephanie needs to commit a violent act.
    ( you can express any opinion, it’s all in the timing.)
    I don’t want anyone to be too harsh on the University either. I have very different beliefs than many of our administrators, my peers and the professors. Yet, I feel loved, I feel supported. Because of the University I have gotten to: participate in a hostage negotiations exercise with state law enforcement, present my research, and even meet our Governor. This is the metaphorical, oil and vinegar. Both are wonderful to cook with, to dip bread in, and to add to salads. Yet, they don’t mix! Plainly speaking, both Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Professor Bradford are wonderful – at some point, I hope they will see those beautiful qualities that they both possess.

  • Amandajoy1983

    to all out there argueing back and forth..insulting one another..insulting eachothers and everyone elses beliefs..you are just confirming.what the problem is here..Everyone is allowed their opinions,their beliefs…and while they will always differ from others and are subject to criticism..this is just outrageous…are we not adults? i myself am a Christian and have to say for the socalled Christians talking this way it is not very Christian like..you can not let anger get the best of you..’Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ And for everyone else while I do not share the same belief, I still respect you have yours..Now regarding the case of Sissy Bradford…while I do not share her beliefs, I sure am not going to stand for her being threatened,penalized for.having an opinion. It is not only her right as an Amercan to speak her mind but even aside from that what right do.we have to judge her…all are entitled to their beliefs but none are entitled to bash others for differing opinions…

  • deerwoman

     It’s actually “a lot” not “alot.” It’s two words.

  • Sarah_prent

    I will be the first to admit that Bradford is a captivating professor. She provokes her students to think critically, discuss, and most of all inspires change. However, I do believe that she went about this issue all wrong. She went straight to the media with the cross issue. Why not address it internally first? When and where did she speak with Dr. Ferrier on this issue? After the crosses were removed in the hallway, where every passing student or staff could here here. She was quick to apologize to Dr. Ferrier for the firestorm she had created, expressing her sympathies stating that she didn’t mean for it to blow up like it did. Well Professor Bradford, you  took a political and religious issue to media in South Texas, what did you think was going to happen? Now you want to fuss over losing your job and the email you got. Do you expect the more courtesy than you afforded them with the tower issue? I do not condone threats and violence against Bradford, nor do I believe she should have lost her job. But in this economy, I feel she should have valued her job and protected it by going to the proper channels. She bashes the media in class, and now she wants them to get her job back. Personally, it was an honor for her to teach in those classrooms and she should have treated it as such. There is a chain of command for grievances and KLRN shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Now any future employer can google her name and find out what she has done. Best wishes to Bradford as she has a long, difficult road ahead of her.  

  • Christians are Lame

    It’s Texas A&M, folks – these barely educated students (and professors) are mostly nutjobs that embrace symbols as primary markers of their faith. I don’t think they can handle private faith – it would be too novel a concept for them, they need idols and symbols and people to talk for them. You should treat these “Christians” with the same credibility as criminals.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LYU6LEQ6V7GCGODSLSHWMGQEDM dumpstercake

     Yeah, you poor christians have it so hard in America. Let me ask you this, if I tried to get a statue of a pagan god erected in the town square and was rejected, would you still be angry? Or is it only oppression when christians aren’t allowed to force their icons in to public view.

  • Anonymous

    It’s silly to argue over this matter as god doesn’t really exist. 

  • Angiers

    He who is without sin cast the first stone. And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye?

    You’re the fool that think such behavior make you holier than thou, but you represent the worst on organized religion.

  • Angiers

    You need a refresher in the scriptures if you insist on quoting them. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/APEUAZ6RXWSCLWSB36NZ5IVZNQ sissyBRADFORD

    From a student: ‎”There is a fear at this university that if you speak out you will be punished. This has already occurred with several students. One lost her Presidential Scholarship simply because she used the president’s ‘open door policy’ to discuss the ‘cross situation.’ Several students were threatened with physical violence because of their support of Professor Bradford. Many students who want to speak up are afraid to get involved. They do not want their names ‘dragged through the mud’ or to be treated as they witnessed Professor Bradford and others treated. And let’s not forget the assignments by fellow professors on Blackboard that allowed students to openly discuss and demean individuals who supported the removal of the crosses.”

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    Little fellow Christian of mine…tell me..exactly how fast do you think you would object if instead it was a cross it was a pagan symbol?  Or a Hindu or Buddhist one?  Or a Muslim one?

    I suspect you’d object real fast.  And yet you sit there and think you have some right to stick your religious beliefs and symbols where they don’t belong.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    It’s not any more constitutional on city property then university property, Milo. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    Hello perfect example of stupid logic.

    By your logic, child, we can blame indoor plumbing for the rise in violence in schools. 

    Where exactly does Jesus say that you have to have crosses on public property?  Couldn’t you just have them on your own and be content?  Or do you feel some need to have the government favor our Christianity over the rest?

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    Hello perfect example of stupid logic.

    By your logic, child, we can blame indoor plumbing for the rise in violence in schools. 

    Where exactly does Jesus say that you have to have crosses on public property?  Couldn’t you just have them on your own and be content?  Or do you feel some need to have the government favor our Christianity over the rest?

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    The US Constitution, child.  Sorry, we Christians do not gain more rights then all the other religions just because at the moment we’re the majority.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    The US Constitution, child.  Sorry, we Christians do not gain more rights then all the other religions just because at the moment we’re the majority.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    Kindly go back and take a remedial english class.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    She stood up for what is right and constitutional.

    Whereas you are acting like a Christian Taliban and being an hateful jackass in God’s name. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    She stood up for what is right and constitutional.

    Whereas you are acting like a Christian Taliban and being an hateful jackass in God’s name. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    And yet you’d be the first to object if any religion other then Christianity and possibly Judaism tried doing the same.

    Get this through your little mind:  The government has no right to favor any religion over any of the others.  It’s this little thing called “Separation of Church and State” along with the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. 

    You simply do not have a country in which everyone is equal when the government is playing favorites with one religion over the rest.  What you want, child, is to turn the United States into the Christian version of Iran.

    You want a cross on property?  Then put it on your own private property.  But public property is out of bounds. 

    And nowhere in the Bible did Jesus say “Put up symbols so you can harass non-Christians and make them feel like second class citizens.  And be an ass to them in my name.”

    And yet, Warriones..there you sit…being an ass in Jesus’ name.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    And yet you’d be the first to object if any religion other then Christianity and possibly Judaism tried doing the same.

    Get this through your little mind:  The government has no right to favor any religion over any of the others.  It’s this little thing called “Separation of Church and State” along with the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. 

    You simply do not have a country in which everyone is equal when the government is playing favorites with one religion over the rest.  What you want, child, is to turn the United States into the Christian version of Iran.

    You want a cross on property?  Then put it on your own private property.  But public property is out of bounds. 

    And nowhere in the Bible did Jesus say “Put up symbols so you can harass non-Christians and make them feel like second class citizens.  And be an ass to them in my name.”

    And yet, Warriones..there you sit…being an ass in Jesus’ name.

  • http://profiles.google.com/james.w.kessler James Kessler

    Since stephanie thinks she’s such a good Christian, lets see her explain how she’s not wholesale violating what Jesus taught in Matthew 6:5-6:

    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

  • Me

    Not “A” cross but “4″ crosses, well visible from 410 and the access road leading to University One Way….it gave the impression that TAMU-SA is a catholic university, a clear misrepresentation 

  • Me

    The ones that should be punished are those that started harrassing those who opposed to the crosses, they should not have been allowed to participate in graduation and they should have their government grants and scholarships taken away.  Those responsible for creating this debacle should be fired and not the other way around  

  • Me

    A chain of command is meaningless in a broken system so it doesn’t matter how she went about it.  Proof, an individual who went to the president got his/her scholarship taken away….how much more prove do you need that it is pointless to go through the appropriate channels at that particular institution. Intelligent employers will value her, those that google her and have a problem = another broken institution, who would to get from one abusive situation to another? Only if there’s something wrong with you.  In any event receiving those e-mails was wrong, period and it is not her own fault for getting those.  Which media is she bashing, the duds or the worthy?  Someone here mentioned that the timing was wrong for this article, again if you deal with a broken system there is no right and wrong timing, what difference does it make?  Why does she have a difficult road ahead of her, how do you know that, again intelligent employers will no the difference.

  • Me

    *proof*

  • Me

    *know the difference*

  • Steve

    I’ve lived in Texas as an adult for 30 years, so not surprised that a teacher got fired for fighting for the U.S. constitution.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/APEUAZ6RXWSCLWSB36NZ5IVZNQ sissyBRADFORD

    Here is the video of KLRN’s Texas Week with Rick Casey:http://video.klrn.org/video/2239476197

  • Cahtsurph

    some times the battles we engage in or the positions we take  will be at the expense of losing your livelihood.  when playing the game you have to know the rules and of course the penalties associated with it. good luck to you professor bradford in our future endeavors.

  • t_retz

    Sissy Bradford is a stupid cunt.  maybe jesus will strick her down and take her ‘home.’

  • t_retz

    she is a whore

  • t_retz

    this is a christian country.  u don’t like it, get the fuck out.

  • t_retz

    Go fuck urselves.  Majority rules in this country.

  • t_retz

    what an excellent email!  I totally agree with what she wrote!

  • t_retz

    she is a fool for going against the majority!  this is a majority rule country.  take a hike if u don’t lke it!

  • t_retz

    bradford is a whore and a trouble maker

  • t_retz

    bradford is a whore and a trouble maker.  majority rules

  • t_retz

    who gives a shit?  I totally agree with her email and am glad she said it.  ur a dummy

  • t_retz

    maybe they think she deserves to die?  i don’t know.  but i am just guessing that is what others think.

  • t_retz

    obviously ur a retard and u don’t know the law.  For a threat to be actionable, it has to threaten clear and IMMINENT danger of bodily injury.  Saying that you think someone should die is not a threat.  Saying that i am going to come to ur house and kill u tonight would be an example of  threat.  One is opinion and the other is a threat of imminent bodily injury.

  • t_retz

    the people who need to be punished are those that spoke out against the crosses.  Where is the Spanish Inquisition when you need them?

  • t_retz

    ur a n00b and a retard

  • t_retz

    Bradford is a whore, what else did u expect?

  • t_retz

    Why is it that liberals are all for diveristy except when it is for something that they disagree with?

  • Amber

     The founding fathers did not intend for the US to be a christian country.  They intended it to be a country tolerant of all religions.  Nevertheless, a true christian would not be so intolerant of others as to tell someone of a different faith to “get the fuck out.” 

  • Amber

     The founding fathers did not intend for the US to be a christian country.  They intended it to be a country tolerant of all religions.  Nevertheless, a true christian would not be so intolerant of others as to tell someone of a different faith to “get the fuck out.” 

  • SBR

    TAMUSA is a brand new campus and is serving as a testing lab for Perry’s view of what constitutes an education. The main campus in CS would have shut this down so fast. Recall that that’s where Prof. Bradford eventually had to go to get something done. 

  • SBR

    So…no job this week? Well, I’m sure something will turn up.

  • Me

    Lucky that the founding fathers allowed any kind of religion,  it is my understanding that it was not their initial intent to let the catholics into the country ;)

  • Me

    LOL A testing lab run by the infamous scientist Frankenstein ;)….this issue is not the only one, they can’t get the simplest basics done right and make things up as they go along. CS will have to step in and put an end to it sooner or later or their reputation nationally and internationally will be ruined      

  • Me

    The disgustingly vile comments to this article are of the same vicious nature as the comments that appeared on the TAMU-SA facebook page and articles of the mesquite student paper.  Complaining did no good, the university did nothing to stop this kind of behavior and their excuse was that it is “free speech”.   “Free speech” clearly out of control.  The university needs adult supervision

  • Luis Rodriguez

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.  Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions.  The constitution guarantees our right to freedom of speech.  And while many may belive that gives them the right to be abusive and hateful, if someone is truly a “Christian” then they should act like one.
    To me, the people who responded negatively and hatefully to Sissy Bradford should not call themselves Christian or Catholic or whatever religion they feel they belong to.  I have seen it much too often where people who go to church assume that they are better than everyone else and can treat people like crap because of it.  Some news for those people, they are not christian.

    In my opinion, I feel that TAMU-SA is setting themselves up for a major lawsuit in the way they handled this affair and they have no one but themselves to blame.

  • Me

    A lawsuit may actually cause the university to go under as a business and be bought out by someone else….self-defeating in my opinion,  a great opportunity lost by getting off the ground under the Texas A&M name.  

  • Me

    A lawsuit may actually cause the university to go under as a business and be bought out by someone else….self-defeating in my opinion,  a great opportunity lost by getting off the ground under the Texas A&M name.  

  • Me

    A lawsuit may actually cause the university to go under as a business and be bought out by someone else….self-defeating in my opinion,  a great opportunity lost by getting off the ground under the Texas A&M name.  

  • Me

    Wasn’t the intent to built the university at the south side to get that part of the city up to par, bring businesses there and improve living conditions and improve the quality of life for those who live there?  Can’t help those who don’t want help, here they have an opportunity and throw it away, a tragedy!

  • Dlreyna2010

     This guy wants to “treat these “Christians” with the same credibility as criminals”. Learn how to form correct sentences before you make a value judgment on the education of students at a university. If it wasn’t for “Christians” or the application of faith we might not have had a theory of evolution, legal system, or atheism.

  • Blancanelson17

    Thank you Sarah for writing with conviction and passion.  The truth just comes down to who was and is better served?  I fear for her, the students and faculty who could potentially be in danger.  Crazies are everywhere, and to provide her continual protection would only bring more attention to her and her supporters (students).   I have two questions, 1. Why did she go to the media, when the crosses were “quickly removed”? 2.  What did she think would happen once she went public?  She must be a smart lady, given her many accomplishments, did she really think that bringing attention to herself and her complaint would not start a fireball of controversy?  Sometimes patience and humility give way to achieve one’s goal.  I am sorry that she lost her job.  Although on her KLRN interview she stated that she was not going to return to A & M after the fall anyway, “she was going on to better things”, I believe she said. So, I say “why wait until after the fall”, leave now and think about the greater good.  Could her presence on campus put others in danger, the answer I believe would be yes.  Is it right, the answer is NO!  But if I were a parent whose child attended A & M I would not want my child being within 100 feet of her or in her classroom.  Not because I fear of what she believes or says in class, but because of how those who were offended could or would react.  Now the crosses have been removed and so is she.  Both the crosses and she could have remained for the better good of all and she could have used her voice to expound inclusiveness to those who felt the crosses were symbols of unwelcoming.  I hope  A & M based their decision not to have her return on the basis of safety for her and for her students.  I wish her luck, and hope that this lesson did not go to waste.

  • Blancanelson17

    Your right mediation of the whole issue should have been provided and taken through the Administration, Human Resources and Professor Bradford!  Perhaps the escalation of hostility stemmed from the media attention that Professor Bradford chose to involve? Someone quoted the bible “And when you pray do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others…… But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then the Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.  It could be said that Professor Bradford just wanted to complain and “be seen by others”, a kind of  “look what I am doing for you”, kinda thing.  Now I am not religious by any means, but I see this verse two-fold.  Professor Bradford could have kept her complaint between her and the administration.  Instead she spoke to faculty, her students and then to the media, all making the issue public.  In her interview on KLRN she said she voiced her complaint on November 5th, the crosses were no longer there by the Thanksgiving break.  Why then talk to reporters?  In May of this year she interviews with KLRN and says she was wrongfully fired, but also says “she was not returning after the fall anyway, she is going on to “bigger and better things”.  So why stay on, putting faculty and students in jeopardy.  I do not sanction threats or harassment of any kind, but come on, could this have been better handled? I think the answer is yes, alittle patience would have gone along way.  All that is left now is the fear for the safety of her supporters that are left behind, and the loss of what Professor Bradford could have taught future students at A & M.

  • mesquite

    Thank you for making that point.  I’m sure the university police looked at everything they could and took approriate action.  Only time will tell who is trying to influence public opinion and why.

  • Fromouterspace

    It appears as if the majority of Texans never heard of such thing as the US constitution    

  • RK

    He is trolling you.

  • RK

    He is trolling you.

  • AQ

    How very Christian of you. I’m sure that you’re going to heaven now.

  • AQ

     I cordially invite you to “make me” GTFO.

  • Phillipfifty

    Religion is suppose to be the most important thing in a believers life. So how can anyone feel comfortable depending on someone else opinion? People should care enough about their religion to study it and follow it’s teachings. The people who do try to follow a Christian religion normally pick a small part of the bible to believe and skip the rest. True Christians would have to follow these biblical verses. These are not suggestions these are orders.
    2 John 1:10 Don’t associate with non-Christians. Don’t receive them into your house or even exchange greeting with them.
    Romans 16:17 Shun those who disagree with your religious views. Colossians 2:8 Paul, knowing that their faith would crumble if subjected to free and critical inquiry, tells his followers to avoid philosophy.
    Exodus 22:20 You must kill those who worship another god.
    Deuteronomy 13:6-10  kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own.
    Deuteronomy 13:12-16 Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you.
    Deuteronomy 17:2-7 Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own.
    Deuteronomy 17:12-13 Kill anyone who refuses to listen to a priest.
    Deuteronomy 18:20 Kill any false prophets.
    The Bibles views on gays (stone them),people of other religious views  (kill all of them) slavery (it is a part of life), and women’s rights (They have none). The Churches skip these teaching and most Christians only study the parts of the bible they agree with. What good is any book of rules and regulations if we only follow the rules we like?

  • David Lopez

    What relevance does that have to the above blog?

  • Hagion777

    I am a graduate student at Texas A&M University, San
    Antonio (TAMUSA) who has spoken out clearly as being aghast at the removal of
    the crosses from the A&M Tower. Here is why I take this action as an act of
    hatred and intended injury against people of faith. The crosses were probably
    not included in the Tower design as an attempt to declare TAMUSA as a religious,
    and certainly not as a Christian, school any more than the general Hispanic
    theme of the tower proclaims TAMUSA to be a “Mexican” school. What
    both motifs were likely to accomplish was to recognize the local cultural
    history of San Antonio which is obviously heavily Hispanic and heavily Christian
    both in the Protestant and Catholic traditions.

     

    I have never met, to my knowledge, Sissy Bradford. I cannot
    speak for her motivations. I can tell you that the effect of removing the
    crosses from the TAMUSA Tower have clearly said to me that I am less than a
    valuable person at Texas A&M University. That people of faith are neither
    wanted nor respected at Texas A&M. That the heritage that I count very
    highly MUST be brushed aside in contempt by those pure souls, like Ms.
    Bradford. I suppose that TAMUSA should now only recruit students born in test
    tubes without personal, family, religious or cultural backgrounds. TAMUSA and
    Bradford apparently think America should no longer be a salad bowl of flavorful
    cultures but should just be a glass of lukewarm water.

     

    If Ms. Bradford is from Jewish extraction, as I have read,
    then I wonder how it escapes her that she herself has become the very evil that
    murdered so many of her Jewish predecessors who wanted a “final
    solution” to the very existence of Jews. It seems to me that TAMUSA, the
    City of San Antonio and Ms Bradford have colluded to initiate a Final Solution
    for Christians.

  • Davewavehi

    She did go thru proper channels of Admin. before the press heard anything from her. The dept. chair said no problem so she proceeded. The upper echelon at TAMUSA had the problem with the issue. As a student of higher education, you should know that an open discussion about issues of this magnitude should be brought forth and discussed rationally and with respect for other persepctives, not the majority foisting their beliefs on others. Not that almost all of the diseent came from over zealous Christians who chose to quote scripture rather than think for themselves. Ms. Bradford will do just fime without your condescending attitude towards her teaching future. You don’t know anything about her. In fact, she did TAMUSA a favor by pointing out the obvious bias that exists in out society against anyone who swims against the stream. That takes guts and vision. You have neither.

  • Blah_blah345464

    not a christian nation…

  • Black

    shut the fuck up dude. really.

  • Haha

    We just don’t like white people.