A professor in a Florida college who failed his student for refusing to condemn her Christian faith has received full backing from the faculty at Polk State College.
In May, Lance Russum gave one student a zero on four separate papers because the 16-year-old did not question her own views or conform to what he had taught her in humanities classes about Marxism, atheism, feminism and homosexuality.
According to the Liberty Counsel, a legal firm which filed a complaint on behalf of the student, the girl was failed for not conceding that Jesus is a myth, or accepting that Christianity oppresses women.
The law firm has called for a full, private investigation of the professor and of the course curriculum. However, according to InsideHigherEd.Com, a news site dedicated to higher education, the college is standing behind the professor.
In a response to the complaint filed by Liberty Counsel, the faculty at Polk State College wrote: ‘The overall fallacy of your position rests singly on the premise that an instructor should not require a student to consider, discuss or present arguments that are contrary to his/her personal beliefs’.
The student had complained that the questions the professor asked, and his strict instructions as to how to answer them, were neither open-minded nor allowed for discussion from different viewpoints, but were merely leading course participants to the one conclusion, namely that Christianity was a myth and oppressed women.