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A professor at a Tennessee college ordered her students to publicly express support for gay rights or fail the course.

Leftwing debate: A professor at a Tennessee college ordered her students to publicly express support for gay rights or fail her course.

Students in a general psychology class at Columbia State Community College were directed by their professor to wear “Rainbow Coalition” ribbons for an entire day and express their support for the homosexual community, said Travis Barham, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. …

The professor told students to write a paper about how they were allegedly “discriminated against” because of their support for homosexual conduct. Several students objected to the assignment because their religious convictions prohibit them from supporting conduct their faith teaches them is immoral and unnatural.

Barham said the professor made it clear they had to follow the rules of the assignment to receive credit and allegedly told the students their own beliefs and viewpoints were irrelevant – even when they wrote their papers. The students were also barred from defending or explaining any other views regarding homosexual conduct, dismissing such arguments as “throwing Bible verses” at her,” the attorney said.

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9 comments

  • Scott

    I think all the students in her class should declare themselves homosexual and get it over with. That way any further requirements for passing her course could be challenged by the students as oppressive and homophobic.

  • I don’t see the problem here. If I were the teacher I’d require the students who support the position to argue the opposite and vise versa. I had a writing class where I was required to argue against abortion in all circumstances.. The lecturer wrote “see me” on the paper. When I went to see him I was asked what my personal position was on the subject. I think it was the lack of bible verses that tipped him off that the argued position wasn’t my personal position. I said something to the effect of “that you even need to ask says more to me than the high grade you gave me, thanks.”

    If you can’t argue someone else’s position, or even understand it, then you can’t argue and deserve a failing grade.

  • “I don’t see the problem here”

    “. . . ordered her students to wear ribbons in support of gay rights and said those who supported the traditional definition of marriage are just “uneducated bigots” who “attack homosexuals with hate,”

    “If I were the teacher I’d require the students who support the position to argue the opposite and vise versa.”

    “The students were also barred from defending or explaining any other views regarding homosexual conduct, . . ”

    “When students objected to how she was pushing her personal views on the class, she explained that it is her job ‘to educate the ignorant and uneducated elements of society,’ that oppose this movement’s demands and to correct their ‘hateful and close-minded’ views”

  • D. K. Williams

    The students should pay a visit to the college president. Community college presidents are usually a lot more sensitive to students’ concerns than their senior college counterparts.

  • jwing

    Let’s see you put your money where your mouth is. If you have any credibility, then you should argue the opposite position yourself on this issue.

    Trent,

    I would love to see your comments arguing instead why this teacher is wrong and should be fired for abusing her postion, forpushing her personal political idealogy, for abusing her power as a teacher and intimidating the student who place their academic grades in her hands.

    Put up or shut up.

    Thank you.

  • lino

    This sounds like a very engaging and interesting class. I’d rather oppose the views of a teacher than someone in congress.

  • Blair already did it for me.

  • Knowing Trent’s other positions on many issues, I suspect his original comment occurred before he had read the article itself. Otherwise it doesn’t really fit with what I’ve read by him elsewhere.

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