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Friday, July 25, 2014

College “Not the Place for Religion”

A college in Maryland has rejected a student based partly on his Christian faith. Brandon Jenkins applied to the radiation therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County. When he didn’t make it into the program, Jenkins asked the college to tell him why he was rejected. He received a response from the program director. Her letter mentioned that other students had higher GPAs and that he had had a drug conviction years earlier that could hurt his ability to find a job after graduation. These are valid reasons to reject a student. However, the program director went on to say that Jenkins’s religious views also hurt his chances for admission.

Here is a quote from her letter: “I understand that religion is a major part of your life.” “However, this field is not the place for religion. We have many patients who come to us for treatment from many different religions and some who believe in nothing. If you interview in the future, you may want to leave your thoughts and beliefs out of the interview process.”

The only thing Jenkins had said about his faith, was, when he was asked what was most important in his life, he simply replied, “My God.” A few recommendation letters also mentioned his faith. Jenkins is now suing the college and is represented by the American Center for Law and Justice.

Since there were other valid reasons to reject Jenkins, there was no need for the program director to use his religion as a negative. It’s completely improper that it was considered at all in the admission decision. However, the director’s bluntness tells us a great deal about the arrogance of atheists in academia. The left believes it can bully Christians without consequence – and too often, they get away with this sort of discrimination. I hope this lawsuit sends a strong message to colleges everywhere.

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