Leftist bias infiltrates Christian universities
Cancel culture, critical race theory, and other left-wing ideologies became more powerful than ever before in 2020.
Based on Campus Reform’s reporting, universities that profess a Christian foundation are far from immune to such cultural movements.
Christian and Roman Catholic universities have not been immune to cancel culture, critical race theory, and overall liberal bias.
Campus Reform reported on numerous instances in 2020 of left-wing bias from universities that profess a Christian foundation.
Here are five of the most egregious examples.
Palm Beach Atlantic University disinvited alumnus Seth Dillon — the CEO of Christian satire outlet The Babylon Bee — from participating in a speaking event and interview at its chapel, instead changing the location to the school’s library.
Days earlier, students complained about his opposition to the Black Lives Matter organization and LGBTQ ideology.
“Cancel culture has come for me,” Dillon told Campus Reform in October. “I'm just too dangerous and divisive to be permitted to speak on the campus of my alma mater. Since when do you have to support terrorist organizations that use violence and intimidation to advance their agenda to be welcome on a Christian campus?”
Citing “the escalating events in Kenosha,” Wisconsin Lutheran College disinvited Vice President Mike Pence from speaking at its commencement ceremony.
In the days before commencement, however, students and alumni wrote an open letter calling the invitation for Pence to speak “disrespectful” and “problematic.”
Though Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian college, the letter criticized the school for praising Pence’s advocacy “for the freedom of religious expression.”
Marymount University in California hosted "healing circles" for students based on their race. The university advertised two separate events, one for "White Allies" and another for "Black folks."
The "White Ally Circle" event was described as a "space for White allies to discuss race, racism, and identity." The "Black Centered Circle" was a place "for Black folks" to "discuss race, anti-Black racism, and identity."
Marymount, a Roman Catholic institution, states on its website that it is “rooted in the Catholic intellectual and faith tradition” and that it desires for its students to “grow spiritually.”
Hardin Simmons University stated that a student was no longer enrolled after she was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.
“Do black lives matter? Yes, of course,” she said in a TikTok post. “Do white lives matter? Yes, of course. But I’m not gonna sit here and put each one in a group saying this race matters.”
The university’s official Twitter account condemned the video as a “deeply disappointing and unacceptable social media post by one of our students” that was “not reflective” of the school’s Christian values.
Sacred Heart University hosted an hour-long panel in which the term “white privilege” was mentioned more than 40 times.
The school’s associate dean pointed out that White people may be “uncomfortable” with the panel, but emphasized the importance for White people to “sit in our discomfort so that we are forced to… wrestle with this legacy of White privilege” in order to “change ourselves.”
A history professor participating on the panel asserted that “White privilege is an aspect of sinning in very much a Catholic sense.” She also claimed that Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence made “White men the example of what it means to be an American citizen.”
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