Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Perspectives: Target of contempt -- Are evangelicals persona non grata at universities?

Posted at OneNewsNow.com

Emily Brooker, a student in Missouri State's (MSU) School of Social Work, had religious objections to an assignment made by professor Frank Kaufman. Little did she know how much trouble her objections would cause.

According to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which wound up helping Brooker, Kaufman told all his students to write a letter to the Missouri legislature expressing support for homosexual adoption, and for each individual student to sign his or her name to it. As an evangelical Christian, Brooker refused to do so, and the full weight of the school's power fell on her. She was charged with violating three of the school's "Standards of Essential Functioning" -- diversity, interpersonal skills and professional behavior.

Furthermore, ADF said, Brooker was forced to undergo a two-and-a-half hour grilling from an "ethics" committee, which asked her questions pertaining to personally-held religious beliefs such as "Do you think gays and lesbians are sinners?"

Do you supposed they asked her if she was a sinner? Do you suppose they asked her if she thought that those on the "ethics" committee were sinners? It seems that they were trying to find out if she believed that what the Bible teaches is true. If so, would she be found "guilty" of violating one of the three "Standards of Essential Functioning"?

Is it really essential for a student to participate in political activism for a cause that the student is not supportive of? This "diversity" business in the name of "tolerance" has turned in to nothing more that a activist's witch hunt. The offenders will be routed out by their reluctance to participate in political leftist activism or they will be brought under submission and forced to participate.

I was considering allowing my children to choose a secular college if they could attend by distance learning or if they could continue living at home during their enrollment. However, in the light of recent developments and based on the latest research from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR), I'm not so sure that I want to even spend my money on a secular college. Additionally, after receiving bundles of literature from Christian colleges, I'm not sure that the alternatives are much better. I wonder if I can homeschool my children through college?

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