I am certain I would be on the liberal professor target list if I had stayed in academia. This, despite being like you — strongly committed to data, research and the scientific method.
The reason I know I would be on the list is that I taught social policy and human diversity to social work students. One day, one of the younger women in my class hauled me in to the dean’s office.
So we’re sitting there, and she accuses me of being biased against Christians and conservatives. I’m sitting there thinking, “Say, what?!” She continues how I taught students that Elizabethan poor laws and Puritan Christian values influenced today’s American welfare system to be punitive.
The Dean and I just stared at her for a second in silence. Students in social work have learned the origins of our social welfare system for over fifty years in pretty much the same way. I wasn’t adding anything new or liberal or anti-Christian. It didn’t take long to learn some of these conservative students are trying to revise history.