Peter Marshall said: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” We live in a peculiar time; culture is shifting beneath our feet in numerous ways. We live in a generation dedicated to Secularism; a generation that is increasingly defined by the Secular agenda. Faith is being beaten down by a growing number of people whose only ambition seems to be trashing religion and God. This cultural bent is most strongly seen in universities, where professors seek to banish all talk of faith–unless it’s Islam.
Ryan Rotela, a student of Florida Atlantic University, was recently disciplined by the school when he defied his teacher’s mockery of Christ in the classroom. His teacher–according to media reports–had students write the name of Christ on a piece of paper, lay that paper on the floor, then stomp on it. Rotela–who is a Mormon–said that he would not do it; and that he was going to file a complaint with the university.
According to Fox News, the University has taken disciplinary action against Rotela:
“According to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”
First, the university claimed that no disciplinary action had been taken. However, following public anger, the university is now taking a kitchen sink approach; issuing statements that say not all students were required to participate, and that the lesson will “not be used again.” It seems that they are trying desperately to cover their bases.
The university says that the exercise was designed to provoke discussion about “symbols in culture.” If that is the case, why use the name of Christ? There are numerous other religious figures that could be used. In addition, there is abundant non-religious symbolism that could be used to provoke discussion.
What strikes me the most is not what was done, but rather why it was done. I have a suspicion that can be easily validated with anecdotal evidence from anyone who has ever been in a college classroom—EVER: The Secularist movement is strongest in the universities. I’ve lost count of how many times I have been sitting in a classroom, listening to a professor put down Christian values or beliefs. The hatred and dismissive attitude toward Christian values is systemic.
I believe—admittedly parroting Hiram Sasser, of The Liberty Institute—that Ryan Rotela is being targeted because of his faith. He dared to stand up and complain, which enraged the Secularists; causing them to slap him with disciplinary charges. The back-peddling and wishy-washy way in which the university is dealing with this situation leads me to believe that they are lying.
This kind of behavior would never be tolerated if the “symbol” being stomped upon was a symbol of Islam, gay rights, abortion rights, or (insert any Liberal cause here). But because the universities in this country are so deeply entrenched in their anti-Christ crusade, they don’t care. The Secularists have no regard for Christ or those who follow him.
With rare exception, Christians are extremely courteous to those who do not follow Christ as they do. Secularists, on the other hand, are often the most cruel, and vile. This is the world in which we live. We live and operate in a society where as long as you have a “coexist” bumper sticker on your car, and you follow the assigned agenda, you are exempt from criticism. Watch out if you have a Jesus Fish on your car.
Ryan Rotela is just one of a litany of students who have been subjected to hatred on the part of their professors. The Secularist agenda is only growing stronger; which is why people like Rotela need all the support we can offer. People of faith grow stronger in contrary winds; Secularists simply fall over.