Skip to comments.ACLJ Demands NY Community College End Hostility Toward Christian Student
Posted on 04/12/2008 4:25:40 AM PDT by Man50D
Washington, DC) The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, said today it is demanding that a community college in New York end its hostility toward a Christian student who has been punished because of her religious beliefs. The ACLJ represents Gina DeLuca, a student at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), who has received lower grades and has been labeled closed-minded by a professor who requires students to acknowledge the possibility that God does not exist in order to participate in a philosophy class. The ACLJ has sent a letter demanding that the school end its discriminatory actions against DeLuca or face a federal lawsuit.
This is another troubling example of how some in the academic world believe its acceptable to violate the First Amendment rights afforded to all students especially students who hold Christian beliefs, said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. The actions by this professor clearly reflect hostility toward religion. To require students to acknowledge the possibility that God does not exist in order to participate in a class is not only wrong, but clearly violates the constitutional rights of students who hold religious beliefs. Unless this school takes corrective action, we will go to federal court to protect the rights of our client.
In its letter to Suffolk County Attorney Christine Malafi, the ACLJ explains that the problem began when DeLuca took a philosophy class which is required for graduation.
DeLuca, who has been a student at SCCC for two years, has maintained a 3.9 GPA and has had good relationships with her professors at the school. She received good grades in the philosophy class until her religious beliefs became known.
According to the ACLJ letter, the grades she received on class assignments dropped significantly once God and religion became prominent topics of class discussion and her refusal to compromise her Christian faith became apparent. This is because the course goes beyond merely requiring knowledge of prominent philosophers and their arguments or ways of thinking, which Gina does not object to. The letter adds that the professor believes that it is his job to get students to change their own personal viewpoints or state that they are unsure of whether their own personal beliefs are correct.
In addition to giving DeLuca lower grades, the ACLJ contends that the professor labeled her closed-minded, uncritical, hurtful, and blinded by belief simply because she did not adopt his way of thinking.
SCCC must take immediate action to correct this problem, the ACLJ letter states. While a college professor may encourage students to be informed about viewpoints and arguments that differ from their own, it is inappropriateand unconstitutionalfor a public college professor to make passing a required course (and thus graduation) contingent upon a students willingness to express agreement with philosophical viewpoints that conflict with her religious beliefs.
The ACLJ is asking the school to end this discriminatory action against DeLuca, provide assurances that her constitutional rights will be preserved, and advise the professor about the First Amendment rights of students. The ACLJ is demanding that the school provide these assurances by April 14th or face a federal lawsuit.
The ACLJ defends the constitutional rights of students nationwide and most recently secured a victory for an Arizona college journalism student who faced discrimination and a failing grade because of her Christian faith. After the ACLJ intervened on behalf of that student, the school reversed itself and awarded her an occupational journalism certificate in addition to her associates degree.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C.
I’d gladly sign a statement that I agreed with the concept that evolution and anthropologic global warming and Santa Claus, Al Gore inventing of the internet and sasquatch (etc) do not exist. Think I would be allowed to earn a passing grade?
This gal will get her grade restored, the letter of assurances, and probably be offered a top-flite job by a solid company very soon. She also will get more criticism and feel the sting of standing for her faith, but she will be stronger and the Kingdom of Heaven will the better for it!
MOLON LABE (applies to personal faith as well as arms!)
I’m sure the first amendment champions in the ACLU are on this now too......... Wait, maybe its the ACLU that might not exist?
If the school gets any kind of federal funding and this truly is a required course for graduation then this really should be a slam dunk.
Many of those who ridicule Pat Robertson on this site do not realize that we have him to thank for the founding of this wonderful organization. It was specifically created as a counterweight to the ACLU and to stand up for the rights of Christians in cases like these. Some of the things Pat says are a little wacko, but he has done a lot of good as well.
[The ACLJ defends the constitutional rights of students...]
It is a shame they have to defend the rights of students and shows how far the marixsts of American have come in their hostle takeover of America.
[This gal will get her grade restored, the letter of assurances, and probably be offered a top-flite job by a...]
You may be seeing a story book ending.
Would be nice for a real person now and again,don’t you think?
Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, President
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The College is sponsored by the County of Suffolk and operates under the policies of the Board of Regents and the supervision of the State University of New York.
Suffolk County Community College is guided by the philosophy that all students should have the opportunity to realize their highest potential for individual human development intellectually, socially, culturally, physically and personally.
Obviously, not if you are a Christian.
Well, is this professor namesless?
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