The Appignani Humanist Legal Center scored its first major victory in July 2008 when it obtained a settlement on behalf of a Southwestern Community College instructor fired in September 2007 for allegedly telling his Western Civilization class that the biblical story of Adam and Even should not be taken literally. In an interview with “Community College Week”, published October 8, 2007, Steven Bitterman stated: “I put the Hebrew religion on the same plane as any other religion.”

The Des Moines Register reported that Bitterman received a settlement in the amount of $20,000. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center contacted Bitterman in October 2007 and offered legal assistance. Subsequently, the Legal Center arranged for a local attorney, Brad Schroeder, to represent Bitterman and assisted throughout the process.

Click here to read AHA’s press release “One Humanist's Stand for Academic Freedom” announcing the Bitterman-SWCC settlement.