Mike S. Adams was born in Columbus, Mississippi on October 30, 1964. While a student at Clear Lake High School in Houston he played goalkeeper on a team that won the Texas 5A soccer championship. Committed to athletics and not academics, Adams barely graduated from C.L.H.S. in 1983 with a 1.8 GPA. He was ranked 734 among a class of 740, largely as a result of flunking English all four years of high school. Fortunately, he tore an Achilles tendon his senior year and was forced to shift his interests away from athletics and toward academics.
After obtaining an Associate's degree in psychology from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, Adams moved on to Mississippi State University where he joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While living in the fraternity house, his GPA rose to 3.4, allowing him to finish his B.A., and then to pursue an M.S in Psychology. In 1990, Adams turned down a chance to pursue a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia, opting instead to remain at Mississippi State to study Criminology. This decision was made entirely on the basis of his reluctance to quit his night job as member of the popular musical duo Mike & Shannon. Playing music in bars with his buddy Shannon Ruscoe financed his graduate education. He was also motivated to play for free beer and attention from blondes - most of them members of the Phi Mu sorority.
Upon getting his doctorate in 1993, Mike Adams, then an atheist and a Democrat, was hired by UNC-Wilmington to teach in the criminal justice program. A few years later, Adams abandoned his atheism and also became a staunch political conservative. He also nearly abandoned teaching to become a criminal prosecutor. He took a one-year leave of absence to study law at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998. After returning to teach at UNC-Wilmington, Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award (issued by the Office of the Dean of Students) for the second time in 2000.
After his involvement in a well publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams was defended in the court of public opinion by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. In the midst of the controversy, high-ranking members of the university administration were caught lying in an effort to conceal an illegal inspection of Adams’ private emails – an inspection that was clearly motivated by political disagreement. As a result, he became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. Since coming out of the conservative closet Adams has been interviewed on national television by the likes of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Megyn Kelly, and Pat Robertson.
Mike Adams published his first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004. His second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus was published in 2008. Later that year, Adams joined the faculty of Summit Ministries in Colorado where he spends his summers lecturing against abortion and in favor of First Amendment rights on college campuses.In addition to lecturing on the First Amendment, Adams is actively involved in legal challenges to campus censorship. In fact, between the publication of his first and second books, Adams was denied a promotion by UNC-Wilmington and decided to sue. The case dragged on for over seven years.
Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Mike Adams won a landmark First Amendment case before the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA. Decided in 2011, Adams v UNCW held that professors publishing columns and giving speeches have the full protection of the First Amendment when discussing matters of public concern. Hence, when professors report such activities as part of their annual review, tenure, or promotion materials the university does not have license to discriminate on the basis of the professor's viewpoint.
Mike Adams' third book, Letters to a Young Progressive, was published in April of 2013 in the midst of his long legal battle. In 2014, Adams v. UNCW finally went to trial to determine whether the university violated the First Amendment in 2006 by denying his promotion to full professor in retaliation for his speeches and columns – most of which appeared on TownHall.com. David French of the ACLJ and Travis Barham of ADF represented him at trial. On March 20th, the federal jury ruled unanimously in Adams favor. On April 8th, the court ordered UNCW to promote Adams and give him seven years back pay.
Mike Adams used part of the settlement money to buy two Taylor guitars, which he named after two of the defendants. They are displayed prominently in his living room as a reminder of the need to persevere in the face of evil. His bedroom wall is also decorated with a framed picture of the honorable discharge of his sixth great grandfather, Frederick Rester, who served as a soldier in the American Revolution under George Washington. Rester enlisted at age 13 and was shot at age 15 and barely survived. This explains why Adams refuses to associate with those who are unwilling to stand up for their rights. He often refers to them as traitors who effectively spit upon the graves of our forefathers.
Mike Adams’ favorite acoustic guitar is a Martin Custom Shop OM 28, which he bought in Texas. His favorite electric is a Fender Eric Johnson Artist Stratocaster. He enjoys playing it through his favorite amp, which is a Mesa Boogie Lone Star. He often cranks it up so loud that objects begin to move about the room and pictures in his house begin to tilt sideways.
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