Academic Freedom? Well - Not Really
Everett PiperDr. Piper is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Associated with Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint and Centurions programs, Dr. Piper is the author of "Why I am a 'Liberal' and Other Conservative Ideas" http://www.whyiamaliberal.com/. He has also authored "The Wrong Side of the Door: Why Ideas Matter. Piper is a frequent speaker on Christian education, Biblical worldview, and applied apologetics in both regional and national venues. For more information go to www.okwu.edu or go to www.everettpiper.com .
- 2011 Feb 03
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Do you think that your daughter is going to enjoy spiritual and intellectual freedom when she heads off to college this coming fall? Well, if your answer is yes, think again. As I have mentioned before, open and honest debate on most college campuses is a thing of the past and at many universities Christianity is actually suffering overt persecution and blatant intolerance.
Recently, for example, at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Dartmouth, campus activists stole and burned conservative student newspapers without facing any significant penalty. Ask yourself what would have happened had conservative students committed the same act of vandalism against any liberal groups on these campuses.
At Purdue, Castleton, and Syracuse University, Christian organizations found they simply could not operate without violating expansive nondiscrimination policies. Their very existence was imperiled when they were told they could not require their members to be overtly Christian. Would Muslim organizations have been prohibited from expecting their members to subscribe to the Koran? Would the student atheist group be required to have Christians serve as their organization's officers? How about Student Democrats? Would they be required to admit and elect conservative Republicans as their organization's president or vice president?
Here's another example: A few years ago a Catholic student at a Big Ten university was confronted with an overtly anti-Christian bias when he refused to wear a pink triangle button that was given out during orientation. He was fired from his leadership position by the Dean of Students of that institution by the end of the day for his "intolerance."
Intolerance? Apparently all worldviews must be tolerated except for Christianity, which is intolerable.
Remember these examples next fall as your son or daughter heads off to brand X university. If you expect your student to have religious freedom, think again.