January 19, 2005

Blatant Bigotry at Florida College

Well here we go again. Indian River Community College might seem like an upstanding school when you learn that it refused to allow the showing of Mel Gibson’s “The passion of the Christ” because it was “R” rated. Now if that was indeed the fact, I’d give them credit for at least being consistent within the scope of their policy even if they weren’t exactly using their brains. Ah but the “R” rating excuse was merely a way to sidestep their blatant anti-Christian bigotry. You see have to also be aware that this same public institution previously allowed a dramatic presentation titled—F---ing for Jesus that portrayed simulated sex with the risen Lord.
Well, now that changes things doesn’t it?
The Campus Christian Fellowship, which was sponsoring the showing of the Gibson film, wrote the college president in protest. And what was their open-minded tolerant response? School administrator, Lori La Civita yanked the fellowship leaders out of class and demanded an apology from them for having addressed the college’s higher authority without her permission. Additionally, due to added stipulations the administration placed on the group, the faculty sponsor had to disengage from involvement with the group so the fellowship is no longer able to meet.
What I would like to know is how, in this day and age, a state funded college can proffer this sort of blatant viewpoint discrimination and religious censorship? And how in this day of sensitivity and tolerance can any school administrator--short of being possessed-- think that something like this would go unchallenged?
And anecdotally, I would like to know where the outrage is from that bastion of free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union? (It’s a rhetorical question.)
You know just because we are told in the Scriptures that there will be persecution does not mean we are obligated to allow it to stand, especially in these United States which declares freedom and justice for ALL—even Christians.
So go forth Christian, go into battle filled with the Holy Spirit, being wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Demanding our civil rights along with all other citizens is at odds with neither our faith nor our faithfulness. Let us take advantage of the light exposing the darkness to the glory of the one who saved us. We can do no less.

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