Iowa College Professor Resigns After Voicing Support for Antifa and Saying He Wanted ‘Revenge’ Against Evangelical Christians

Jeff Klinzman, seen in a July 28, 2014 photo, resigned Friday as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

A college professor in Iowa resigned after he indicated support for the militant leftist movement Antifa and after the media dug up social media comments in which he stated that he wanted “revenge” against evangelical Christians.

Jeff Klinzman, who served as an English adjunct professor for Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, stepped down from his position last week following a report from KCRG that indicated that Klinzman declared he was part of the militant leftist organization Antifa.

Klinzman had served at the school since 2010 and his resignation was announced via a statement from Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg.

“Kirkwood Community College leadership has been assessing this matter in recent days, especially its potential impact on our learning environment,” Sundberg’s statement reads. “With the safety of our students, faculty and staff as our top concern, we made the decision this morning to identify an instructor who will take over the one course that Mr. Klinzman was to have taught this semester. We have spoken with Mr. Klinzman this afternoon about this matter and have accepted his resignation.”

Sundberg added that the decision to remove Klinzman from the classroom was made not because of the “substance of [Klinzman’s] views” but rather as a safety precaution following threats made to the college.

The Cedar Rapids ABC News affiliate reported last week about concerns over Klinzman’s online rhetoric. Klinzman was quoted as telling the news outlet in an email: “I affirm that I am antifa.’” Additionally, he expressed no regret in his email for the postings he made online in the past.

Antifa is a movement comprised of autonomous leftwing anti-fascist groups that aggressively oppose what they perceive to be authoritarian movements and groups, according to the Anti-Defamation League. While many of the Antifa counterprotests have been peaceful, there have been times when encounters between Antifa groups and far-right groups have become violent.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith