In what sounds like the beginning of a movie plot, a 16-year-old humanities student has turned to a high-power law firm specializing in religious freedom after a leftist professor failed her for refusing to deny her Christian faith or describe the history of Jesus as a myth.
According to Campus Reform, Professor Lance “L.J.” Russum at Polk State College in Lakeland, Fla., gave the student, identified as “G.L.,” “four (4) straight zeros because she refused to conform to his personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality,” according to a statement by the Liberty Counsel, a non-profit law firm.
Liberty Counsel stated:
Russum’s classroom behavior is a reflection of his personal biases. Mr. Russum’s Facebook profile pictures include Fidel Castro and Jesus Christ making an obscene gesture. The website “Rate my Professor” shows that G.L. is not the first student to be subjected to the professor’s viewpoint discrimination. His college email signature line includes a quote from a Marxist who praises Lenin, Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and Adolf Hitler. These, along with the inappropriate course content, show that Professor Russum is seeking to impose his own values on students, in violation of the Constitution.
Liberty Counsel has demanded (1) a full and independent review of Mr. Russum’s behavior and course content; (2) appropriate grading of G.L’s four “zero” assignments by a different professor; (3) a written apology; and (4) assurances that future courses taught by Mr. Russum, if any, will be free from such unlawful discrimination.
“Mr. Russum should not be permitted to use his position to punish students who do not conform to his anti-Christian views,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel said in a statement.
“G.L.’s parents asked Polk State College to review this matter, but it refused, so Liberty Counsel is stepping in to help. According to its website, the college’s core values are service, integrity, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. No student should be subjected to such outrageous bias and outright hostility to their values by a professor. Being a professor is not open season to belittle and punish students merely because they do not subscribe to the professor’s radical opinions.”
Word spread quickly on social media — all of it in support for G.L.
— MJ (@MarieJoseGMH) May 5, 2015
— Reagan (@rsdos621) May 5, 2015
— Kyle Powers (@KylePowers15) May 5, 2015
— Liquid741 (@Liquid741) May 6, 2015
— David Kuenstle (@Davidkuenstle) May 5, 2015
And on that note, it sounds like Russum needs to check out “God’s Not Dead,” the 2014 drama about a devout Christian student’s clash with an atheist professor.
He can start with baby steps — the trailer:
H/T: Campus Reform
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