Liberal Professor Targets Christian Student

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200611/CUL20061120a.html

    Liberal Professor Targeted Me From Day One, Says Christian Student

    By Meghan Mulhern
    CNSNews.com Correspondent
    November 20, 2006

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    (CNSNews.com) - A Christian social work student who took Missouri State University to court after a liberal professor targeted her for refusing to lobby for homosexual adoption said Thursday she and the teacher had clashed over her beliefs from day one.

    Emily Brooker was vindicated when the university agreed to an out-of-court settlement, and the professor was disciplined.
     
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    Tell me that in this great country that Christians do not have to fear being persecuted for our faith . . .

    Tell me it is still not so . . .

    :BangHead:

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    Perhaps you missed the last line in the OP: Emily Brooker was vindicated when the university agreed to an out-of-court settlement, and the professor was disciplined.

    The American process works.
     
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    She got a few $s out of the deal

    http://www.news.missouristate.edu/releases/27833.htm

    Missouri State settles lawsuit with Emily Brooker

    Date: November 8, 2006
    Contact: John Black, (417) 836-8507
    Dr. Michael T. Nietzel, (417) 836-8500


    SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University today signed an out-of-court agreement with the Alliance Defense Fund, thus ending the lawsuit filed against the university by Emily Brooker.
    On Oct. 30, the Alliance Defense Fund posted on its website a news release with a link to a lawsuit filed by Brooker. In the lawsuit, Brooker claimed that before she graduated from Missouri State in May 2006 with her undergraduate degree in social work, her free speech and religious rights had been violated in two social work classes. Missouri State University officials have spent the past several days investigating the allegations and discussing the case with the Alliance Defense Fund.
    According to the terms of the settlement, Missouri State agrees to the following:
    • clear Brooker’s official record of the Social Work Level 3 review referenced in the complaint.
    • pay Brooker an amount of $9,000 and she will be responsible for her own legal fees.
    • waive academic fees at Missouri State University, or in lieu thereof, reimburse an amount equal to two years of degree work toward a Master of Social Work degree (or a graduate degree of equivalent length) at any public institution in the state, which is estimated at approximately $12,000, plus Brooker will receive $3,000 per year in living expense for two years of graduate education.
    “We acted on these allegations as soon as we became aware of them the afternoon of Oct. 30,” said Missouri State President Michael T. Nietzel. “Although our investigation did not support all of the allegations made in the lawsuit, we were concerned about some of the actions that we did learn about.”
    In addition to the terms of the lawsuit, Nietzel also announced that based on the university’s investigation, he believed it was important for the university to take a number of other steps that addressed broader issues. They include the following:

    • Nietzel will commission a comprehensive, professionally directed evaluation of the Missouri State Social Work Program. He has asked Provost Belinda McCarthy to identify an outside group of social work education experts who will be charged with this review. “It is important for current and prospective students, for potential employers, and for the faculty and staff in the program to have confidence that the policies, procedures, leadership, and delivery of the program are up to par,” said Nietzel. “The reviewers will have the complete cooperation of the university as they conduct their assessment. We will begin to recruit this external team immediately with the hope that they can visit us and conduct the review in the spring 2007 semester.”
    • Dr. Frank G. Kauffman, assistant professor of social work, has voluntarily stepped down from his administrative duties as director of the Master of Social Work Program. In addition, he has been re-assigned to non-classroom duties in the School of Social Work for the remainder of the fall semester. Finally, Kauffman has begun weekly consultations with Associate Provost Chris Craig, which will continue at least through the spring 2007 semester.
    • Finally, Nietzel will appoint an ad hoc committee to recommend ways in which the university can better publicize and more effectively implement its policies regarding freedom of speech and expression on campus. “The Declaration of Community Principles and the Statement of Student Rights adopted by Missouri State a number of years ago are very good and powerful statement of rights and responsibilities,” said Nietzel. “And, we have strong and effective grievance policies in place. We need to make sure that all members of the campus community, especially new members, are familiar with the Principles and the policies. When we talk about making sure that a Missouri State education is rigorous, part of that is the recognition that the content, theories, and implications of any number of academic disciplines often engender vigorous debate and can sometimes conflict with personal beliefs. How these controversies and how the inevitable clashes of personal convictions and values are raised and addressed are crucial questions for a university. Ultimately, universities must be responsible for providing an environment that promotes learning and that permits individuals to exchange ideas in honest and civil ways. That is our goal.”
     
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    She was vindicated after being persecuted, which should've never happened in the first place.

    A professor tried to make the whole class sign a letter that endorsed homosexual adoption, then the professor filed a grievance aginst her:

    Then the student was forced to seek legal help.
     
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    The woman's constitutional rights were clearly violated and it looks like the system worked.
     
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    What about the students who are too intimidated to fight back?

    College professors literally hold the academic future of students in their hands and many are afraid to complain for fear of subjective grade punishment.

    The system would work better if ideologically bent professors who insist on spreading their own ideology were simply fired and banned from teaching instead of getting a mild slap on the hand on no punishment at all.
     
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    I had Christian issues with my professors and I lost . . .

    Maybe I should have gone to the ACLU . . .

    NOT!



     
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    Carpro

    I think you are correct about needing to fire these offenders. No severance pay. One appeal (quick and permanent).

    Get rid of the Anti-American professors. When they deny American students their constitutional rights, they should be punished as NON-citizens.
     
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    Yes it usually works, but it doesn't change the fact that Christians ARE being persecuted in America, as El Guero pointed out.

    The fact that she had to go to court to protect her religious rights is proof.
     
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    It is my prayer that her legal costs were not significantly more than her settlement.

    When ya' gotta fight city hall fer being a Christian, I gotta wonder if our Forefathers are rolling over in their graves . . . .

     
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    Sure, and peace should occur in the middle east. Live with reality and use the processes in place to live with honor rather than in fear. Worked here, would work for others if they had the same intestinal fortitude.

    Would you sit in a corner and cry in the same situation? Or, as she did, graduate and sue? I'd sue.
     
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    And why should Christians be any different? There are multitudes of people being persecuted for an infinite number of reasons. Use the existing processes rather than bemoan a discriminatory individual who will not be changed.

    Christians were never promised, by man nor by God, a lack of persecution.
     
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    No. That's just the point. It doesn't have to be and shouldn't be that way.

    Professors who browbeat their students have no honor.

    This lady was no 18 or 19 year old student away from home for maybe the first time and under pressure to perform academically.

    Young students want to please the overbearing professor who chooses to indoctrinate them rather than educate them.

    It is the professor that uses their fear, insecurities and inexperience against them to advance their own agenda that has to be stopped.

    They should be fired.
     
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    This is not "persecution". Too many Christians lose credibility claiming any infraction is persecution. It is unright and unlawful what happened, but hardly persecution.
     
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    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/11/27/balancing_views_on_campus/

    Balancing views on campus
    By Cathy Young | November 27, 2006

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    ... In a recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni at 50 top colleges and universities, nearly half of students said the presentation of contemporary political issues and controversies in classes, campus panels, and lecture series was too one-sided, and nearly a third felt they had to agree with a professor's political views in order to get good grades. On many campuses, there is a general sense that you have to be a liberal to fit in. In a post-conference interview, Johnson said that the problem was not so much retaliation against students with dissenting opinions as "one-sided instruction to students that don't have the educational or intellectual background to detect the bias and challenge a professor's viewpoint."
     
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    Stating that here has no meaning. Specific response to a specific incident has meaning. Name the school / professor and the action taken to remove the person acting in such a manner.
     
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    Kinda bland,:rolleyes: doncha think?
     
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    Must be half asleep -- I didn't 'get' this response.
     

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