August 18, 2007


Tenured bigots: Back-to-school: It is a statistical reality that most faculty members don’t like evangelicals, and they aren't ashamed to admit it (Mark Bergin, 8/18/07, WORLD)

In a recently released scientific survey of 1,269 faculty members across 712 different colleges and universities, 53 percent of respondents admitted to harboring unfavorable feelings toward evangelicals.
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"The results were incredibly unsurprising but at the same time vitally important," French told WORLD. "For a long time, the academic freedom movement in this country has presented the academy with story after story of outrageous abuse, and the academy has steadfastly refused to admit that the sky is blue—that it has an overwhelming ideological bias that manifests itself in concrete ways. This is another brick in the wall of proving that there's a real problem."

Unlike much of the previous foundation for that proof, this brick hails from a non-evangelical source. Gary A. Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, set out to gauge levels of academic anti-Semitism compared to hostility toward other religious groups. He found that only 3 percent of college faculty holds unfavorable views toward Jews. In fact, no religious group draws anywhere near the scorn of evangelicals, Mormons placing a distant second with a 33 percent unfavorable outcome.

Tobin was shocked. And his amazement only escalated upon hearing reaction to his results from the academy's top brass. Rather than deny the accuracy of Tobin's findings or question his methodology, academy leaders attempted to rationalize their bias. "The prejudice is so deep that faculty do not have any problem justifying it. They tried to dismiss it and said they had a good reason for it," Tobin told WORLD. "I don't think that if I'd uncovered bigotry or social dissonance about Latinos, women, blacks, or Jews, they would have had that same response."

Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), told The Washington Post that the poll merely reflects "a political and cultural resistance, not a form of religious bias." In other words, the college faculty members dislike evangelicals not for their faith but the practical outworking of that faith, which makes it OK.

...that it is so compatible with the politics of Academia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2007 5:47 AM

Just remember that these are the people that are educating your children, after their lower IQ minions in K-12 have prepared them (via a substandard education combined with a gold plated indoctrination)

Posted by: Bruno at August 18, 2007 9:29 AM

We all seek affirmation of what we already think. That is why the evangelicals are winning and the professors are losing -- who wouldn't rather hang out with that bubbly blonde from the local church than some spineless, whiny professor?

Posted by: Randall Voth at August 18, 2007 9:51 PM