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Christian PhD driven out by the raging Woke


When this happens in the sciences, it’s the same thing only more is at stake:

I entered the PhD philosophy program at Purdue University in 2004. Six weeks in I was shocked that I was receiving prank calls at 3 in the morning from fellow grad students. They were mocking me for my faith. The next semester I recall receiving a permanent note in my file from a Marxist professor who claimed I was schizophrenic. While he was not a clinical psychologist capable of judging me schizophrenic, he believed religion was the opiate of the masses and that my beliefs were delusional.

I tried to be as stealth as possible and keep my head down to graduate. Nonetheless I could not avoid the hostility. While in my fifth year I was sabotaged near the finish line. The atheist director of grad studies found a way to work in tandem with her longtime friend, my adviser, to root me out. I was ABD (“all but dissertation”) with a 3.5 GPA. I completed all course work, languages, exams, and my funding was even from a different department. But my dissertation committee chair informed me that he dropped me. He said it was because I had “too much of a faith perspective.” Never mind the fact that part of my dissertation topic was on the virtue of faith.

I now had no adviser and no legal recourse. If they don’t want to advise a grad student, then they don’t have to. I couldn’t find an adviser willing to touch me. Corey Miller, “I was forced out of my PhD program because of my open faith in Jesus Christ. Here’s my story.” at The College Fix

The question of whether the raging Woke have the right to do this stuff needs to be considered alongside whether anyone should be expected to fund their behavior through taxes or ponder their (increasingly mostly garbage) output—as conveyed to us through government and media.

Another thing: It matters more in the sciences because so much science isn’t just rubbish anyway. The Woke right to rule with no qualifications whatever apart from the implied threat of violence will most likely mean the suppression of good evidence and the promotion of Woke rubbish.

Miller, as he goes on to explain, later became president of a Christian thinktank dedicated to punching back twice as hard, which may be wise under the circumstances. Read the story.

See also: Darwinian PZ Myers Blows Off Attack On Bret Weinstein

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Here are my comments about Professor Hedin, written at the time. https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/ball-state-university-intelligent-design-my-7-disappointments/ ayearningforpublius
Sev, affecting the cool, dispassionate observer again. And failing. Again. Belfast
Of related note. It seems Christianity is experiencing its most explosive growth in the world in exactly those places that militant Atheists tried their damnedest to snuff it out
Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity. (massive study based on face-to-face interviews with 25,000 adults in 18 countries} Jeremy Weber - 5/10/2017 Excerpt: “The comeback of religion in a region once dominated by atheist regimes is striking,” states Pew in its latest report. Today, only 14 percent of the region’s population identify as atheists, agnostics, or “nones.” By comparison, 57 percent identify as Orthodox, and another 18 percent as Catholics. http://www.christianitytoday.com/images/76841.png?h=717&w=380 http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/may/pew-atheism-failed-central-eastern-europe-orthodox-identity.html China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years – 19 Apr 2014 Excerpt: Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao’s death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation. “By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule. “It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change.” China’s Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline. By 2030, China’s total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted. “Mao thought he could eliminate religion. He thought he had accomplished this,” Prof Yang said. “It’s ironic – they didn’t. They actually failed completely.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10776023/China-on-course-to-become-worlds-most-Christian-nation-within-15-years.html Update: China’s war on religion, academics: Xi Jinping moves to reassert Communist Party dominance – 14 Aug, 2018 Excerpt: Images of Christ are being replaced with posters of President Xi. As with the Tibetans and Uighur’s before them, Christian children are no longer allowed to attend church. “The move is aimed at Christian families in poverty, and we educated them to believe in science and not in superstition, making them believe in the party.” One Beijing pastor told AP otherwise: “A lot of our flock are terrified by the pressure that the government is putting on them,” he said. “It’s painful to think that in our own country’s capital, we must pay so dearly just to practice our faith.”,, Beijing sees Christianity as a Western threat, and its 67 million followers as infected by dangerous Western ideals. President Xi stated in 2016: “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means.” And any community that places any entity above himself is not putting the Party first. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12106917
"sarcasm on" Seversky, are those dog gone Christians making up stories about being persecuted by atheists again??? I wonder where those ungrateful Christians get the unmitigated gall to complain about their treatment at the hands of atheists? Everyone knows how overly loving and tolerant atheists have been towards Christians in the past. It is as if they don't remember any of that love and tolerance from atheists whatsoever? Sheesh, Atheists ought to wipe out a few more million Christians for such a lack of gratitude! "sarcasm off"
"In total, the number of Christians who were martyred under the militant state atheism of the USSR is (conservatively) around 12 million." - Martyred in the USSR MICHAEL BOURDEAUX Part 1 Martyred in the USSR: Militant Atheism in the former Soviet Union - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcwOgzQJG4o Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=degd5ojzEWk Among the Disbelievers: Why atheism was central to the great evil of the 20th century - GARY SAUL MORSON / SEPT. 17, 2018 Excerpt: In its 300-year history in Spain, Portugal, and the New World, the Spanish Inquisition killed a few thousand, perhaps even a few tens of thousands, while in the atheist Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin, that was the average toll every week or two. To this objection, the atheist has a ready reply: Atheism had nothing to do with Bolshevik carnage. As Richard Dawkins explains in The God Delusion: “What matters is not whether Hitler and Stalin were atheists, but whether atheism systematically influences people to do bad things. There is not the smallest evidence that it does.” This comment displays an ignorance so astonishing that, as the Russian expression goes, one can only stare and spit.,,, Bolshevik ideology demanded that religion be wiped out. Perhaps even more than constructing dams and factories, creating a population of atheists became the regime’s most important criterion of success. “Atheism [was] the new civilization’s calling card,” as S.A. Kuchinsky, director of the Leningrad State Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism, explained. Communist society could be built only by a new kind of human being, one who would at every moment be guided by partiinost (party-mindedness), a singular devotion to the Party’s purposes. Partiinost demanded militant atheism (mere unbelief was not enough), and atheism became, as Smolkin observes, “the battleground on which Soviet Communism engaged with the existential concerns at the heart of human existence: the meaning of life and death.” - per commentary magazine
Don't worry Seversky about the USSR no longer existing and no longer trying to eradicate Christianity, Muslims are picking up the slack of killing millions of Christians where the former Soviet Union left off.
Genocide of Christians Reaches "Alarming Stage" by Raymond Ibrahim - May 26, 2019 Excerpt: Many of the world's most persecuted Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with colonialism or missionaries. Those most faced with the threat of genocide — including Syria's and Iraq's Assyrians or Egypt's Copts — were Christian several centuries before the ancestors of Europe's colonizers became Christian and went missionizing The BBC report highlights "political correctness" as being especially responsible for the West's indifference.... Among the worst persecutors are those that rule according to Islamic law, or Sharia -- which academics such as Georgetown University's John Esposito insist is equitable and just. In Afghanistan (ranked #2), "Christianity is not permitted to exist." https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14281/genocide-of-christians
Of related note: If silencing by intimidation, or censorship, does not work in American Academia, Darwinists often simply 'EXPEL' anyone who disagrees with them:
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (full movie) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5EPymcWp-g Slaughter of Dissidents – Book Volume 1 of a trilogy, the disturbing premise of this book documents widespread discrimination by Darwin loyalists against Darwin skeptics in academia and within the scientific community. Multiple case studies expose the tactics used to destroy the careers of Darwin skeptics, denying them earned degrees and awards, tenure, and other career benefits offered to non-skeptics. The book exposes how freedom of speech and freedom of expression are widely promoted as not applicable to Darwin doubters, and reveals the depth and extent of hostility and bigotry exhibited towards those who would dare to question Darwinism. The book also shows how even the slightest hint of sympathy for Darwin Doubters often results in a vigorous and rabid response from those who believe such sympathies represent an attack on science itself.,,, "If folks liked Ben Stein's movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," they will be blown away by "Slaughter of the Dissidents." - Russ Miller "If folks liked Ben Stein's movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," they will be blown away by "Slaughter of the Dissidents." - Russ Miller http://www.amazon.com/Slaughter-Dissidents-Dr-Jerry-Bergman/dp/0981873405 Slaughter of the Dissidents - Dr. Jerry Bergman - June 2013 - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v5nAYU2GD0 Discrimination (by Darwinists) is a pervasive reality in the scientific (and education) world. It’s also a hidden reality. Scott Minnich Richard Sternberg Günter Bechly Eric Hedin Don McDonald David Coppedge Caroline Crocker Bryan Leonard Martin Gaskell Dean Kenyon Roger DeHart Granville Sewell https://freescience.today/stories/ Here are many more examples of discrimination against people who dare question Darwinism https://uncommondesc.wpengine.com/intelligent-design/review-of-darwins-doubt-slams-id-theorists-for-not-publishing-in-darwinist-run-journals/
Ah the Christian is telling a fabrication or Over exaggeration. This type of bias never happens to Christians they are always the perpetrators I suppose. Even though I don’t agree with a business refusing to help other people because of their beliefs ( they are a business first), on your point the only side I ever heard was how this horrible racist Christian cake baker refused service to a gay couple. I only ever and I mean ever heard the story of the couple and how horrible this Christian Baker was to them, discriminating against them for who the were. Maybe if I heard the other side of the story maybe the couple made a stink to get Publicity and to paint a group of people into being xenophobic ignorant trash simple because they hated Christians, maybe they choose that Baker for the very reason that they KNEW it would create issues..... Same logic I don’t agree with what happened to the couple and I’m not taking a side, But taking a biased like that to dismiss straight out of hand the accounts of what you just read shows the same type of logic. I’ve dealt with this first hand, by the way, at MCC, with of course a Psychology professor. Because I directly experienced this, as I lean towards believing the story. By the way the professor I’m speaking off Is no longer employed at the college, enough students complained about him that the school removed him. He gave me a D and marked answers I clearly got right as incorrect, I complained and fought the idiot, he was forced to give me a C and allow me to pass. That was about 17 years ago. He was asked to leave 3 years after what happened to me for similar reasons However back then that type of bias wasn’t tolerated too well. Now it seems fashionable. AaronS1978
If what Miller describes actually happened in the way he describes then he certainly had cause for complaint. Unfortunately, as with the Old Testament accounts of atrocities, we only get to hear one side of the story Perhaps Purdue was way out of line but perhaps this is just another #ChristianMeToo story where Christianity is portrayed as the victim. We don't know. Seversky

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