Monday, September 20, 2010

Does Academic Freedom Apply to Christians?

When the University of Illinois fired Kenneth Howell--who like Brant, John and myself is a Senior Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology--for teaching the Catholic Church's understanding of homosexuality, we saw one of the clearest examples of what Pope Benedict has come to call "the dictatorship of relativism". Howell was teaching an introductory course on Catholicism. The university however claimed that Howell was "intolerant" and therefore fired him--"tolerance" was demanded of all views it would seem, except traditional Christian perspectives.

Of course, thanks in large part to the public outcry the followed his dismissal, the school was eventually forced to reverse itself and ended up hiring Dr. Howell back.

Now the whole story is available here. This is a fascinating read.

(This post has been slightly edited since originally posted thanks to a correction offered by Estaban Vazquez. See the discussion in the comment-box.)


Esteban Vázquez said...

Um, the University of Illinois is a Public University.

Michael Barber said...

Thanks to Estaban--you're right. I was wrong, the school is not a Catholic institution as a I had originally stated. What I should have said is that Howell was teaching an introductory course on Catholicism at a public university. I edited the post accordingly. Thanks again for the correction.

Michael Barber said...

Estaban: I just added a note thanking you in the post, lest someone accuse me of attempting to hide my mistake!

Esteban Vázquez said...

Oh my, that really wasn't necessary! I mean, thank goodness for he ability to correct posts. ;-)