Bashing Christianity

The double standard against Christians comes into yet clearer focus when we realize that bashing Christianity per se is also permissible. Well-known Princeton bioethicist and animal rights advocate Peter Singer makes no secret of his disdain for Christianity. He regards with the contempt the biblical message that human beings are superior to other animals and life forms, which he calls "speciesism." "One of the things that causes a problem for the animal movement," said Singer, "is the strong strain of fundamentalist Christianity that makes a huge gulf between humans and animals, saying humans have souls but animals do not" But the scope of Singer's radicalism can best be seen in his belief that not all human life is sacred-that it is not immoral to murder severely disabled infants. Princeton apparently has no problem with the dissemination of Singer's odious views.

Universities don't just permit the overt denigration of Christians-they also often suppress the Christian message and its values. When Dartmouth's chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ placed copies of C.S. Lewis's theological works in students' mailboxes, one university dean decried the action, saying it was an offensive imposition of religion on non-Christian students. This was no small matter to the group, which believes its reason for existence is to bring non-believers to Christ. One wonders whether the same level of indignity would have been shown had another group representing a non-Christian religion been involved.

Censorship of messages not explicitly Christian but clearly grounded in the Christian worldview is also a common practice at universities. Officials at the University of Texas repeatedly denied permission to a pro-life student group, Justice For All, to display a huge exhibit promoting life on open areas of the campus-places that have been customarily used for student expression. When a Harvard law student posted notes on school bulletin boards stating, "Smile! Your mother chose life," an employee said he was expressing "hate." University of Houston officials quashed an anti-abortion rally but embraced a pro-gay rights event, saying that the gay celebration was permissible because it was akin to cheerleading or band practice and thus could be held outside the designated free speech zones.

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