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Book by Atheist Details How Christians Aren't Welcome on College Campuses

In Benjamin Wiker's Catholic World Report review of Gregory Lukianoff's Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, he documents the groups most under attack on American college and university campuses. The result? Christian groups find themselves most under attack.

“If you told me twelve years ago,” said Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), “that I, a liberal atheist, would devote a sizable portion of my career to defending Christian groups, I might have been surprised. But almost from my first day at FIRE, I was shocked to realize how badly Christian groups were often treated.”

Wiker explains how orientation often serves as "indoctrination" for incoming students.

Today, for example, incoming students routinely undergo intensive indoctrination during freshman orientation week, and it continues for the rest of the year, administered in regular doses by heavy-handed propagandists in the administration, among the faculty, and through converted students (especially the RA’s that oversee dorm life).

Orientation has become the cleansing doctrinal gate of entry. The goal of such “orientation,” reports Lukianoff, is quite literally “thought reform.” For example, at the University of Delaware the Office of Residence Life introduces incoming students to an imposed speech code forbidding“any instance that is perceived by those involved as being racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, or otherwise oppressive.”

The review goes on to explain how similar "thought reform" takes place in the classroom and assignments that students are given.

Wiker describes how Emily Brooker, an Evangelical Christian at Missouri State University, was given a mandatory assignment in class during her freshman year to "go out in public and display homosexual behavior, and then write a paper about the experience." In her senior year she was required by a professor, as a class assignment, to write the state legislature advocating adoption for gay foster parents, and was subjected to a closed two-and-a-half-hour interrogation by seven professors when she was deemed irredeemably Christian.

He also details how Resident Assistants at the University of Wisconsin were barred from holding private Bible studies in their own room, how Christian student groups have been banned, and that Christian sororities and fraternities are no longer allowed at places such as San Diego State University.

"...the real problem, or at least the deepest problem, is not Unlearning Liberty but unlearning Christianity," writes Wiker. "As dual sign of this is both the deep anti-Christian bias pervading our universities and the evangelical zeal in promoting the entire secular liberal worldview. The deep bias against Christianity reveals an important historical truth: secularism is not neutral—the mere subtraction of religion—but, as we learn from its history, a worldview formed specifically against Christianity. The evangelical zeal of the secular liberals reveals that we are dealing with what really amounts to another religion."




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