A recent study entitled “Religious Beliefs and Behavior of College Faculty” was released by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR). A similar study, released earlier, “Political Beliefs and Behavior” focused on political and ideological faculty views.
One of the questions on the survey was: “What are your feelings toward the following groups?” The rating, on a scale of 0-100 listed a number of religious groups. Researchers had anticipated the discovery of anti-Semitism. What it found surprised them. 53% of non-evangelical faculty admitted to perspectives toward conservative Christians which were cool, if not unfavorable. Evangelicals were the only group about which the majority of the faculty shared negative feelings. When asked if conservative Christian beliefs should be kept out of politics, 71% stated that the county would be better off if Christian views were not a part of the public dialogue.
Dr. Gary Tobin, President of IJCR noted, “If a majority of faculty said they did not feel warmly about Muslims or Jews or Latinos or African Americans, there would be an outcry!” Cary Nelson, President of the American Association of University Professors dismissed the relevance of the study. He explained it away by stating that the reaction of higher education faculty was not to the person but to the political position. Gary Tobin responded that it would be ludicrous, if this was any other group, to suggest that such prejudice was a result of the mere “politics” of blacks or Jews or any other group. Christians, it appears, are the one group who are not welcome on University campuses. At least 20% of the nation’s universities do not welcome people of faith. This is not by chance, but by design. And there is evidence that this is a mobilized 20%.
When asked if Muslims should withhold their views and involvement in the political process; Or, if the county would be better off if Muslims did not organize for political impact, 38% disagreed. By the inverse, 72% would approve of Muslim input and impact on the political process, while 53% disapprove of the same privilege for conservative Christians.
Faculty members were not blind to the bias created by the liberal environment. 21% acknowledged that religious minorities – Conservative Christians – were reluctant to express views contrary to the faculty very often or fairly often. 39% agreed that such students might feel intimidation at least occasionally, a total of 59%. 49% of the students say that faculty members use class time to propagate their opinions irrelevant of the nature of the class. 29% say they are compelled to agree “in order to get a good grade.”
The system is thus constructed – cave in to politically correct and liberal views, or fail and have your life wrecked. Get kicked out of college and fail to get the credentials necessary for your trade.
Emily Brooker at Missouri State refused to conform to the liberal litmus test. Her professor in the School of Social Work demanded that each student write a letter to the Missouri legislature in support of homosexual adoption. Emily refused to do so. The whole school lined up against her. She was charged with violating the Schools “Standards of Essential Functioning.” Three specific charges were leveled against her – failure to meet diversity standards, failure in interpersonal skills and professional behavior. She was forced to undergo a two-and-a-half hour grilling from the “ethics committee” which eventually focused on her religious beliefs. “Do you think gay and lesbians are sinners?” The politically correct answer is – “No!” What Emily experienced was first-class persecution of a Christian for politically incorrect views. In America. At a State school. In a program preparing her for social service, or rather, conditioning her …
Given the attitudes of faculty, reinforced by media, can the Christian holocaust be far behind?