So what would it take for you to deny your faith? A good grade? That’s what some Christian students are learning it will cost them to pass a course on Philosophy at Suffolk County Community College.

The professor is demanding – demanding that students admit the possibility that there is no God, or fail his course. It’s that simple. And it is a form of persecution, here in America.

The American Center of Law and Justice has presented the college with a demand letter asking them to halt the professor’s classroom habits. The demand letter is a prelude to a federal lawsuit to prevent the instructor from forcing students to “change their own personal viewpoints or state that they are unsure of whether their own personal beliefs are correct” on religious issues.

Gina DeLuca is one student who has been punished with lower grades and labeled “closed-minded” by a professor who demands that students acknowledge the possibility that God does not exist in order to participate in his philosophy class. That class is required for graduation. It is just one example of how the academic world believes it can violate the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.
Gina has been a student at the school for two years, and holds a 3.9 grade point average. She received good grades in the philosophy class “until her religious beliefs became known.” Then her grades dropped significantly. Her refusal to compromise her Christian faith brought her in direct conflict with the course goals of the professor. The ACLJ said. “The course beyond merely requiring knowledge of prominent philosophers and their arguments or ways of thinking, which Gina does not object to.” The class demands conscience conformity to the world view of the professor. It is mind-control. It is intellectual oppression. It is intolerance – the opposite of a truly liberal education.

In addition to the lower grades, the ACLJ said, the professor has called the student “closed-minded,” “uncritical,” “hurtful,” and “blinded by belief.” Gina has become the victim of a personal crusade perpetrated by the professor. “While a college professor may encourage students to be informed about viewpoints and arguments that differ from their own, it is inappropriate – and unconstitutional – for a public college professor to make passing a required course (and thus graduation) contingent upon a student’s willingness to express agreement with philosophical viewpoints that conflict with her religious beliefs,” the ACLJ said.

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