A Polk State University student says that her humanities professor gave her four consecutive zeros after she disagreed with his negative views toward Christianity.
Grace Lewis, 16, who virtually attends Polk State, said she disagreed with the professor over Christianity and religion, and he consecutively gave her zeros.
Fox News reported that one of professor Lance “L.J.” Russum’s assignments asked students: why did Christianity and its male gods seek to silence women? Another insisted that Michelangelo’s sculptures and paintings communicated that same-sex relationships are not a sin.
Within the first week of the course, Lewis said Russum gave the class “a taste of his beliefs” when he said that all religions come from human imagination.
Lewis said in the following weeks, the assigned essay questions got even more “opinionated” and it became clear that Russum held some anti-religious views.
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told “Fox and Friends” that Lewis is a great student with a 3.9 GPA.
“She simply was being belittled because this person is a militant atheist intent on destroying her faith,” Staver said, explaining that Russum has done the same thing to other students.
Staver charged Russum with “proselytizing militant atheism” and said the college’s dean hasn’t taken action against the professor.
The Liberty Counsel issued a press release on the matter Thursday, which also contains the university’s response. The university disputes that there was any discrimination against Lewis.
Campus Reform added that “The point of this is not to ‘bash’ any religion, we should NEVER favor one over another, they all come from the same source, HUMAN IMAGINATION and [sic] they demonstrate that humanity is one,” a copy of Russum’s class outline, riddled with grammatical errors, says.
“We have much to thank of [sic] humans like Michelangelo who took a sacred space, a temple to god, and made it a HUMAN space, a space where humanism can meet with god and discourse,” one course assignment read. “Finally humanity and the gods are on equal footing and that is what the myths of Hercules, Apollo and Jesus are all about—the divine becoming human and human being divine.”
In her essay, the student, who Liberty Counsel identifies as “G.L.,” argued that “it is a logical fallacy to make the assumption that Christian humanism’s goal was to ‘blend mythologies and make man the center’ simply on account of Michelangelo’s artwork or because Renaissance artists incorporate classicism.”
I respect the atheists right to their point of view about religion, but this professor should not inflict his personal beliefs on students.
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