Email to Columbia Catholic Ministry, March 15, 2016
Dear Fr. O'Reilly,
I taught science in New York City high schools, and would like to give a developmental lesson, not a lecture, on the arguments for God's existence to Catholic students at Columbia. In October 2015, I submitted an article titled, "Why People Think God Caused the Big Bang" to the Review of Metaphysics. The article is still being considered for publication, so far as I know. The editor of this journal is Elizabeth Shaw and I'v attached proof that I submitted the article. I'v also attached the article itself. But you can download a pdf version from
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzZLe2IsSc0sZU81ckRvQnhVUlU/view?usp=sharing
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Email from Fr. Dan OReilly, March 15, 2016
Good afternoon:
Thank you for your interest, but I already have our schedule set for the 2016-17 calendar year. God bless you in your work,
Fr. Dan

Email sent to co-Presidents of the Columbia Catholic Ministry and response from Fr. Dan O'Reilly, March 16, 2016

Emails to co-Presidents, August 13 and 20, 2016
Dear Kenna,
Brendan Moore has not responded to this email, which I sent on Aug. 13:
Dear Brendan,

On March 16, 2016, I sent you an email offering to give Columbia students a lesson/lecture on the arguments for God’s existence. You did not respond to the email, and I am concerned that you were scandalized by its contents and by Fr. O’Reilly’s rejection of my offer. I expressed my concerns to Cardinal Dolan (http://www.newevangelist.me/styled/) on March 31, but have not gotten yet from the Archdiocese of New York any assurance that you have not lost your faith. Please give me a call at 347-414-2285 or send me an email. Very truly yours,David Roemerhttp://www.newevangelization.info

I am making the same request to you. If I don't hear from you by telephone or email in a few days, I will feel obliged to tell your and Brendan's parents about what transpired between me us. I suppose I can find out how to contact your parents from Columbia U.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Email sent to Assistant Dean for Student and Family Support, August 31, 2016
Dear Mr. Patashnick,
In a telephone conversation with you on August 29, 2016, I expressed my concern for the welfare of the two undergraduate students who I sent emails to on March 16, 2016, offering to give a developmental lesson on the arguments for God’s existence. The only response I got was an email from Fr. Dan O’Reilly threatening me with legal action if I contacted the students again.

On August 13 and August 20, I sent the students emails asking them to contact me. I indicated in the August 20 email that if I did not hear from them I would feel obliged to tell their parents about my concerns.

In our conversation, you indicated that you would contact the students to make sure they were okay. Ken Finnegan called me on August 30, and we spoke on the telephone on August 31. He declined my offer to meet with him. He also indicated that if I contacted you again, I would be guilty of harassing the two students. He took down my address and said he would send me a letter to this effect.

In matters of faith and morals, you and Mr. Finnegan are not qualified to be the guardians of two Catholic undergraduates. The only ones qualified to be their guardians are Msgr. John Paddack and their parents. Msgr. Paddack is the pastor of their parish, and is also a chaplain for the Columbia Catholic Ministry.

I want to speak to either the students, Msgr. Paddack, or the parents of the students about my concerns. I suggest that you and Mr. Finnegan think through how you should carry out your responsibilities.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Letter from Department of Public Safety, September 1, 2016

Email to Dean of Columbia College, September 13, 2016
Dear Mr. Valentini,
I’m writing to ask you to intervene in a conflict that has arisen between me and the Assistant Dean for Student and Family Support. I attached the letter I got from your Department of Public Safety and the email I sent to Mr. Patashnick. I am repeating to you my request to discuss my concerns with the two students and/or Msgr. Paddack, who is both their pastor and a campus minister. I have written about this scandal to the Archbishop of New York and the President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (see http://www.newevangelist.me).
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Email to Campus Minister of Columbia University, September 15, 2016
Dear Ms. Davis,
I am a retired New York City high school science teacher, and want to give what the Board of Education calls a developmental lesson on the arguments for God’s existence to Columbia students and faculty. Being a Catholic, I first approached the Columbia Catholic Ministry. This resulted in some kind of legal battle that I recently informed Dean Valentini about. I published my ideas about this topic here: Why People Believe God Caused the Big Bang.

I’v attached the hand-out I would use is such a lesson. I’v also attached the email I sent to Dr. Valentini with a cc to Msgr. Paddack.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Letter to Jane Booth, September 23, 2016
Dear Ms. Booth,
In the email I sent to Mr. Bollinger, I neglected to mention another legal problem Columbia might have. As you can see from the email to Mr. Patashnick, the two students did not respond to my email even though I threatened to contact their parents. This to me indicates that the students are suffering emotional distress from what has transpired. Another thing that concerns me is that the students may not realize that I am giving a full account of my exchanges with Columbia U. on my website: http://www.newevangelist.me.

I have no doubt that the students are stressed out because it is obvious that Fr. O’Reilly, Chaplain Davis, Mr. Patashnick, and Dean Valentini are stressed out. This is why they have all involved the Department of Public Safety. Suppose you are in an emotional dispute with your neighbor over something or other. It will occur, even to the best of us, to hire a hit man to take care of the problem. No?

Very truly yours,
David Roemer
Encl:
emails dated March 16, Aug. 20, Aug. 31, Sept. 13, Sept. 22, 2016
A Developmental Lesson on the Arguments for the Existence of God
Mailed with a certificate of mailing

Email sent to Director of Investigations of the Department of Public Safety, October 4, 2016
Dear Diedre,
I got Jane Booth's letter threatening me with legal reprisals if I contact the students and faculty of Columbia U. about my offer to give a developmental lesson on the arguments for God's existence. In my opinion, it is Lee Bollinger who has to send such a letter. Lee Bollinger, not Jane Booth, is responsible for your actions and the behavior of Jewelnel Davis, Matthew Patasnick, James Valentini, and Fr. Daniel O'Riley.

Lee Bollinger has two choices. He can either invite me to give my lesson or he can sent me a letter declining this offer. If he does not do this, I will file an ethics complaint against Jane Booth with the New York Bar Association.

My accusation will be that Ms. Booth is conspiring with Mr. Bollinger to violate the academic freedom of the students and faculty of Columbia U. The part she plays in this malicious conspiracy is to threaten me a frivolous civil lawsuit and/or a criminal complaint.

I should point out that I asked the National Association of Scholars and the American Association of University Professors to criticize Mr. Bollinger for his behavior. The president of the NAS has advised me that they will not get involved. However, my email exchanges with the NAS President and Chairman of the Board indicates they are not sincere. I'v posted all of my correspondence with the NAS and some of my correspondence with Columbia U. on my website at http://www.newevangelist.me. My guess is that the AAUP is too smart to try to defend the actions of Lee Bollinger.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Letter sent to Attorney Grievance Committee, October 18, 2016
Attorney Complained of: Jane E. Booth, 412 Low Memorial Library, 535 West 116th St., New York, NY 10027, 212-854-0286, jeb@gc.columbia.edu
Dear Mr. Dopico,
On Sept. 22, 2016, I mailed Ms. Booth a copy of the email (Exhibit 1) I sent the President of Columbia U., with a certificate of mailing (Exhibit 2). On Oct. 11, I called the above number and asked to speak to Ms. Booth. I explained that my call was about my email to President Bollinger.

On Oct. 12, I got a telephone call from Diedre Fuchs, Director of Investigations of the Department of Public Safety, telling me that I was violating her order, given to me in person on Sept. 22, by sending an email (Exhibit 3) to the University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis. Ms. Fuchs sent me an email (Exhibit 4) and I responded (Exhibit 5).

On Oct. 13, I got a letter from Ms. Booth (Exhibit 6) threatening me with legal action. Following the directive in the letter, I responded with an email (Exhibit 7) to Ms. Fuchs threatening to file a disciplinary complaint against Ms. Booth with the New York Bar Association.

On Sept. 29, I filed a complaint against Columbia U. with the National Association of Scholars for violating the academic freedom of its students and faculty. My correspondence with the NAS is here:
http://www.newevangelist.me/wood-london/nas.html

My complaint against Ms. Booth is that she is conspiring with the University Chaplain and the President to deprive the students and faculty of Columbia of the opportunity to learn and understand the arguments for God’s existence. Her roll in this malicious conspiracy is to send me letters threatening me with legal action. Exhibit 8 is the handout I would use in my proposed lesson. Exhibit 9 is an essay that explains my insights into the arguments for God’s existence.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Letter from Attorney Grievance Committee, January 5, 2017

Email sent to Jane Booth, January 11, 2017
Dear Ms. Booth,
On October 18, 2016, I filed an ethics complaint against you with the New York State Unified Court System in an effort to understand why you sent me a letter on October 13, 2016, threatening me with legal action if I contacted students and faculty of Columbia to offer a lesson/lecture on the arguments for God’s existence. The Attorney Grievance Committees recently determined that you had violated no laws or rules of conduct.

My complaint is that you maliciously conspired with the President and the University Chaplain to deprive the Religious Life Advisors and their students of my insights and knowledge about the arguments for God’s existence. One possible explanation for your behavior is that you all simply assumed that you are not depriving your community of anything because I am just a retired high school teacher. If this is the case, I would appreciate your reading the essay I wrote and published on Academia.edu:

Why People Believe God Caused the Big Bang

So far, there have been over 700 views of this article. Also, I got this response from a prominent Catholic scholar, Vittorio Hösle, of the U. of Notre Dame:

Dear David,Thank you for your courageous and intelligent fight against bad arguments for God’s existence. Your lesson plan is well done. Best wishes for the New Year, Vittorio.



While I admit that no journal accepted the article, I got this letter from the editor of Review of Metaphysics:

Dear Dr. Roemer,Thank you for the opportunity to read your essay, “Why People Believe God Caused the Big Bang.” It is well crafted and I am sure would command an appreciative audience. Unfortunately, given its present commitments, the Review is not in a position to accept it.John C. McCarthy, Editor



Also, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy asked me to document my criticism of their entry (“Cosmological Argument”) on the arguments for God’s existence. My correspondence with the SEP is here:

http://www.newevangelist.me/zalta-uri/nodelman.html

As you may or not know, the Columbia Catholic Minister already refused my offer to give my lecture/lesson to his students. What I want to do is send all the other Religious Life Advisors on the website of the Office of University Chaplain my offer. Understanding the arguments for God’s existence is important not only on a personal level, but for understanding the numerous political conflicts in the United States caused by disagreements about religion.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Letter faxed to Attorney Grievance Committees, January 11, 2017
Dear Mr. Dopico,
I got your letter telling me the results of your investigation. I sent Ms. Booth an email that I reproduced below this letter. I am hoping I get a positive response from Columbia U. If not, I would like to know the details of your investigation. Did you send my complaint with all the exhibits to Ms. Booth? What was her response?

An attorney from JustAnswers.com told me that if I filed a civil lawsuit against Ms. Booth, I could subpoena your records. If I get a letter from the President of Columbia telling me not to contact the members of the Columbia U. community, I can’t imagine any cause of action. However, as it stands now, all I have is a letter from an officer of the New York State Unified Court System. This seems to me to be a violation of my right to free speech.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Email sent to Lee Bollinger and Jewelnel Davis, January 18, 2017
Dear Mr. Bollinger,
I just found out you are an expert on First Amendment rights. I think you should know that I'm considering filing a federal lawsuit against the Attorney Grievance Committee of the First Judicial Department if they don't sanction Jane Booth for unethical behavior. I'v attached the letter I just faxed to the Attorney Grievance Committee. All you have to do to put an end to this nonsense is to invite me to give a lecture/lesson on God's existence.
Very truly yours,
David Roemer

Amended Complaint against Jane Booth, Lee Bollinger, and the Attorney Grievance Committee filed in the Souther District of New York on February 13, 2017