The Persecution of Christians on Campus

Posted: May 11, 2015 in Apologetics
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campusBeing, I suppose, a professional student and spending over fourteen years in undergraduate and graduate education and another seven years as a professor at the collegiate level, it is unbelievable the anti-Christian bias that is found on the college campus today.  Instances have ranged from prohibiting Christian clubs from require its leaders (not members), its leaders to be Christian, to being shouted down in class for endorsing Christian views, the rise of anti-Christian bias on campus is evident.  Granted, many of the instances listed here are no where comparable to what Christians are facing around the world, but an indicator of the rise of this attitude was a 2007 study to discover anti-Semitism on campus. In 2007, the Institute for Jewish and Community Research released a study on the political beliefs and attitudes of college professors. The study was commissioned in part because of concerns that anti-Semitism was rising on campus. Rather than finding anti-Semitism, the Institute discovered that 53% of college professors admitted to “unfavorable” feelings about evangelical Christians.  No other religious group (including Muslims) was even close to this number. Provided are some instances of this “unfavorable” feelings about Christians on college and university campuses today:

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“Stomp On Jesus Assignment at FAU” at Townhall – Assignments, not just diatribes by the professor, are part of the “unfavorable” attitudes against Christians.  If it was the name Muhammad, I believe there would have been a very different outcome.

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“Professor Fails Student for Refusing to Condemn Her Christian Faith” at Campus Reform – Recently a professor failed a student for not condemning her Christian faith.

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“Ohio State Quiz” at Campus Reform – Another assignment with an “unfavorable” view of Christians.

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“Are U.S. Colleges Hostile to Christian Students?” at Beliefnet.com – This article provides a quick summary of many instances of “unfavorable” attitudes towards Christians on campus.

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“Christian Privilege Bulletin Board” – Not only will Christian students be challenged and even mocked in the classroom, when they are done with class and ready to relax or study in the dorm room, they will be faced with challenges to their faith, making it inescapable. (warning: explicit language)  Watch the video report here.

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“Christian Clubs Ousted from Campus” – Colleges around the nation are ousting Christian clubs such as Cru and InterVarsity because they require the leaders, not the members or attendees, but their leaders to be Christian.  This is at Vanderbilt, UMichigan, the entire California State University system, Bowdoin College, Sonoma State, Tufts University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Rollins College in Florida.  Some have regained status but the trend is in effect.

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[UPDATE]

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an-empty-classroom-is-seen-in-this-undated-file-photoStudent Told by Professor to Remove Bible Reference From Assignment – An 18-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County during the Spring 2015 semester at the University of Wisconsin, Langeberg took a sociology class taught by Kuhlman that centered on the issue of criminal justice and crime.

As part of a group Powerpoint project, Rachel Langeberg included biblical references as one of the acceptable non-peer-reviewed sources for the assignment.  Professor Annette Kuhlman rejected the biblical references, telling Langeberg that use of the Bible was “inappropriate for this presentation.” “Religious contemplations and the Bible belong to a different realm and not academic sources,” stated Kuhlman.

[UPDATE 9/21/15]

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Students DENIED admission to college because of their Christian faith – Two students were denied admission to the Radiation Therapy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC): Brandon Jenkins and Dustin Buxton.  These students, who were acting out their Christian faith by seeking to serve the hurting and the sick, were brazenly refused admission because of their professed belief in God.

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Toughest Test in College” – This is a must watch video that is only 45 minutes detailing the worldview challenge, social pressures, and ethical relativism that students will face on campus.  Parents and their students need to watch this before going off to college.

[UPDATE 4/8/16]

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To Fight ‘Oppression,’ Campus Posters Tell Christian Students to Check Their PrivilegeThe University of San Francisco has implemented a poster campaign similar to Appalachian State above.  I have taught college and I was required to put the following in my syllabus:

“Absences for observances of a religious holy day are excused. A student whose absence is excused to observe a religious holy is allowed to take a make-up examination within a reasonable time after the absence.”

It’s like that haven’t heard of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which is a federal law that protects individuals from discrimination based on religion.  This would include time off for religious holy days.  See Religious Accommodations.

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“Prof: ‘Don’t take this class if you believe the Bible is infallible'” – At the University of California, Berkeley a “open-minded” professor warned to not take his class if anyone believed that the Bible was inspired or infallible.  Here is a taste of this article:

“Don’t take this class if you believe the Bible is inspired or infallible.”

That was how a professor at UC Berkeley had launched his “Jewish Civilization I: The Biblical Period” course, a class in which a stunned doctoral student David Kurz sat.

“This stuff isn’t taught in synagogues or churches because they don’t want to piss people off,” the professor had continued. “… Anyone can take this class, as long as you play by the rules of the game. … If you disagree with the approach we use, that’s an F.”

Kurz — who earned his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and master’s degree in biological science from the University of Cambridge — was shocked at the professor’s declaration.

Kurz decided to challenge the professor:

I politely peppered my professor with questions to try to better understand his intellectual paradigm. Just to be clear, there is a correct answer you want us to accept, I asked. “Correct.” What about rigorous biblical scholarship claiming, for instance, that Moses did, in fact, write the vast majority of the Pentateuch? “That doesn’t exist.” It does, I argued. “I don’t want people who are going to disagree with me all semester,” he repeated. I thought a university was an environment in which multiple viewpoints and debates were encouraged, I countered. “Not in this classroom” came the maddeningly smug response.

After the class, I was left shaking my head, a mixture of indignation, sadness, confusion and frustration exploding inside me. As I packed up my things, other students came over to me and thanked me for my questions, explaining that they, too, were upset about the professor’s overly harsh attitude toward religion and religious students. We all felt the arrogance of the professor and the injustice of the situation, but did not know what to do about it.

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“Harvard Employee Rebukes Student for Discussing Bible Verse on Campus” – “Safe spaces” are being used Harvard to repress free speech and in this instance the ability to discuss a bible passage.  What ever happened to tolerance, free speech, and open-mindedness.  Rachel Huebner, writes about here experience in the Harvard Crimson.

[UPDATE 5/20/2016]

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Registered Student Group of North Carolina State University Required to Get a Permit to Talk About Jesus

North Carolina State Campus (NCSU.edu)I thought the first amendment would be the only permit a person would need to talk about their religious faith at a state funded university.  It seems that college campuses are the worst transgressors of our free speech in the country today.

Here is a local news report on the issue: Campus Christian Group Sues NC State

Mike Adams, professor of criminal justice at University of North Carolina at Wilmington at townhall.com.

[UPDATE 6/1/2016]

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“In Academia I Face More Discrimination as a Christian Than as an African-American” by George Yancey at The Steam May 29, 2016

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Nicholas Kristof in the NYT published this piece “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance.”  Here is a short piece of it:

WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.

“Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.”

Kristof followed up with the previous op-ed piece with “The Liberal Blind Spot” affirming the original piece:

In a column a few weeks ago, I offered “a confession of liberal intolerance,” criticizing my fellow progressives for promoting all kinds of diversity on campuses — except ideological. I argued that universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives, and especially for evangelical Christians.

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stereotyping and discrimination are wrong, whether against gays or Muslims, or against conservatives or evangelicals. We shouldn’t define one as bigotry and the other as enlightenment.

When a survey finds that more than half of academics in some fields would discriminate against a job seeker who they learned was an evangelical, that feels to me like bigotry.

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Dr. George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, presents about bias against religion in academia in the video below.  His book, Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias (IVP Academic, 2015), show the evidence of the hostility towards Christians and that there is a Christianphobia.

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Christianophobia is Alive and Well on American College Campuses” Impact360 Institute – interview with Dr. George Yancey by Dr. Jonathan Morrow

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MSU Instructor Mocks Christians in Class Presentation” Campus Reform | Dec 7, 2016

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Prof. Blames Conservatives, Christians for Orlando Shooting” by Marlo Safi | Campus Reform June 16, 2016

[UPDATE 3/28/2017]

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Rollins College Suspends Student After He Challenged Radical Muslim Hate Speech” by Jacob Engels | Central Florida Post, March 25, 2017

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Student Talking About Jesus Told to Shut Up” by Andrew Desiderio | The College Fix, March 31, 2014

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Man praying at Clemson U. stopped by campus official: ‘Not a designated free speech area’ ” by Jennifer Kabbany | The College Fix, August 29, 2016

[UPDATE 4/4/2017]

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University of Central Florida professor calls Christians in class bigoted and arrogant. “Professor, Says Students Showed ‘Religious Arrogance and Bigotry’ in a Letter” | The Huffington Post, August 19, 2012.  The professor states:

Bigots … are convinced their beliefs are correct. For the Christians in my class who argued the validity of Christianity last week, … it seems to have not even occurred to you (I’m directing this comment to those students who manifested such bigotry), as I tried to point out in class tonight, how such bigotry is perceived and experienced by the Muslims, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the non-believers, and so on, in class, to have to sit and endure the tyranny of the masses (the dominant group, that is, which in this case, are Christians).

Tom Gilson at Thinking Christian responds to the letter and uses it to show the ‘intolerance of tolerance’ in universities today.

 

Quotes from the “Experts”

“They will see me as just another liberal professor trying to cajole them out of some of their convictions and they are dead right about that – that’s what I am, and that’s exactly what I am trying to do.” – Daniel Dennett, director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University.

“Secular professors like myself need to arrange things so that incoming students who enter college as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own. The goal of education is to help these youth escape the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents. We are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.” – Richard Rorty, the late professor Rorty included positions at Princeton University, University of Virginia, and Stanford University.

“I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive of religious belief and I’m all for that. If scientists can destroy the influence of religion on young people, then I think it may be the most important contribution that we can make.” – Steven Weinberg, Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist and Josey Regental Chair of Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Resources

Freefall of the American University: How Our Colleges Are Corrupting the Minds and Morals of the Next Generation by Jim Nelson Black

Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro

Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education by Roger Kimball

Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias by George Yancey

Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education by George Yancey

 

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  1. […] not surprised, myself. Christianity is under fire in North America. If you need more proof, look at what’s been happening on campus. (The post is dated 2015 but the author, J. Steve Lee, has been updating it.) Or read what […]

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