The Iowa State Daily reported that a course, Application of Biblical Insight into the Management of Business/Organization was recently canceled because of potential violation of “the establishment clause of the Constitution which outlines separation of church and state.” At ISU the interpretation of the first amendment seems to be that if a course is respectful toward Christianity’s beliefs is should be banned.
See full article, Finance department cancels business class focused on biblical implications, by David Bartholomew here.
Professors Hector Avalos and Warren Blumenfeld again advocate the suppression of students’ constitutional rights of freedom of religion and freedom of assembly at Iowa State University by demanding strict adherence to their own philosophical prejudices against Christianity. ISU backed down to this intolerance. For these professors, no deviation is allowed from their tightly defined world and life view (i.e. their religion); they are not asking for freedom of religion or thought for themselves, they want to use the power of the state to force all to comply to their specific philosophical system (religion). The wishes of students, parents, taxpayers, and other professors may not be considered; all must submit to the professors’ doctrine defining proper religious study for ISU students.
This use of the state to support a particular religion (in this case Avalos and Blumenfelds’ worldview and value system, i.e. religion) is exactly what the first amendment clause is designed to protect us against. The first amendment teaches us that the state should not favor a particular religious system, nor restrict other faiths and thought. Avalos and Blumenfeld want state protection for their dogma and want state restriction of others’ views. While they feel the freedom to disparage the academic credentials of professor Stover, they speak as experts on constitutional law; not an academic specialty of either professor! ISU’s ban of a course because of a couple of professors’ intolerance of another professor’s religion is unbecoming of ISU professors and rational thinkers across Iowa who value freedom of thought.
How do you think universities should handle courses that use the Bible as a resource?