State Colleges, Universities Reject, Fail and Expel Christian Students for their Faith
It is open season on faith at public colleges and universities. Religious liberty is now center stage in the battle for freedom on campus.
Facing blatant, in-your-face discrimination, Christian students are being outright expelled for having the audacity to live in accordance with their faith. They are receiving failing grades for daring to allow their religious beliefs to outweigh the omniscience of the educational elites. Their applications are being rejected because they let it slip out that they are a person of faith.
A student’s belief in God doesn’t disqualify them from academic study in any field. Nonetheless, we are seeing a rise of unconstitutional discrimination against, and suppression of, religious freedoms across the country:
May 2018: College librarians at Simmons College in Massachusetts distribute Anti-Oppression Library Guide warning if you’ve ever wished someone a “Merry Christmas” or said “God bless you” when someone sneezes, you’ve committed an act of “Islamic microaggressions.”
The guide includes a page on “Anti-Islamomisia,” which argues that “people who follow Christianity have institutionalized power” and therefore may inadvertently commit microaggressions against Muslims and other religious minorities.
The page features a TED talk by Melissa Boigon, where she said Islamophobia has turned into a fear of Arabs and not Islam itself. Boigon stated there is nothing “violent or anti-American” about sharia law.
“Islam is a religion of peace,” Boigon said. “Muslims did not kill Americans on 9/11. A very small extremist group that can barely gain any footing, even in the most conservative Muslim circles committed heinous crimes on 9/11. Islam is a religion of peace.”
The controversial resource also argues that Christians suffer from “Christian fragility” and may become angry, hostile, or defensive during conversations about religion because Christians lack the skills for constructive engagement with other religions.
“Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative slights in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims,” the librarians argue. “They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of religious/Christian hierarchy.”
The controversial resource argues “people who follow Christianity have institutionalized power,” or “Christian privilege,” which is demonstrated when they “expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays” or worship without fear of violence or threats.
December 2017: the University of Iowa expelled a small Christian group of students off campus for regularly sharing their religious beliefs.
The dean of students warned small student organization, Business Leaders in Christ, that it must “revise” its religious beliefs and submit an “acceptable plan” for selecting its leaders if it wanted to be admitted back on campus.
The Christian students fired back with a lawsuit, asking the to allow it to choose leaders who embrace its mission, as does every the 500 other student group on campus, and protect them from religious discrimination. A federal district judge ordered the University of Iowa to maintain the organizations status as a registered student organization on July 18.
November 2016: George Washington University’s resident advisor posted a bulletin board in the campus’ dorms warning students to “Check Your Privilege.”
“Becoming aware of privilege should not be viewed as a burden or source of guilt, but rather an opportunity to learn and be responsible so that we may work toward a more just and inclusive world,” the board stated.
The board listed examples of “privileges.” The first describing “Christian privilege,” warning, “[d]o you expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays? If so, you have Christian privilege.”
The display also warned that if you feel comfortable walking alone at night, you have “male privilege;” if you grew up expecting to attend college rather than only dreaming about it you have “class privilege;” if they can walk comfortably down the street while holding their partner’s you have “hetero privilege;” if one feels confident that the police will protect them, they have “white privilege;” and if you can use public bathrooms without stares, fear, or anxiety you are guilty of having “cis privilege”
February 2015: California State universities effectively evicted Christian organizations from university campuses by refusing to recognize Christian organizations in college directories and university websites, increasing their room rental fees, and forbidding them from representing themselves at campus-wide open houses, until the Christian organizations accept California State University’s “all-comers” policy.
May 2015: In Florida, at Polk State College, a professor gave a student zeros on several assignments because the student refused to agree with the professor’s anti-Christian bias. The course syllabus even stated, “[t]he point of this is not to ‘bash’ any religion, we should NEVER favor one over another, they all come from the same source, HUMAN IMAGINATION….”
July 2015: A student at the University of Wisconsin was informed by her professor that “[r]eligious contemplations and the bible [sic] belong to a different realm and not academic sources. So your argumentation along Christian lines . . . are [sic] inappropriate for this presentation. I will not allow you to present unless you change this. You will also fail your presentation if your [sic] discuss religion in connection with it.”
April 2014: The Community College of Baltimore County rejected Christian student, Brandon Jenkins, saying the medical “field is not the place for religion.”
July 2013: Audrey Jarvis, a student at Sonoma State University in California, was asked by a university administrator to remove her cross necklace during orientation because it could potentially offend others.