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College Professor Accused of 'Outrageous Bias' against Christian Student

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 May 07
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A professor at Polk State College in Florida has been called out for discriminating against a student for her Christian beliefs. According to Christian Today, Professor Lance “LJ” Russum gave a 16-year-old student zeroes on a series of four essays after she refused to write that Christianity was false. 


Non-profit law firm the Liberty Counsel said that Russum treated the Christian student, known only as GL, unfairly and demonstrated "blatant and pervasive anti-Christian bias throughout the class.” 


A statement from the Liberty Counsel said, "In...essays where GL refused to concede that Christianity was false, violent, or oppressive to women; that Martin Luther's motivations for the Reformation were wholly secular; and that Michelangelo's sculptures and paintings communicated that 'same-sex relationship is NOT A SIN,' Mr Russum gave her a total of four straight zeros.”


"Russum's classroom behavior is a reflection of his personal biases,” the law firm continued. 


The incident inspired a Fox News blog that compared the situation to the movie “God's Not Dead,” in which a college professor forces his students to deny the existence of God. 


Liberty Counsel lawyer,Richard Mast said that the situation at Polk State College "reflects a growing hostility towards religion--Christianity in particular."



Publication date: May 7, 2015