More reasons to be concerned about where your children go to college: Many homeschool families are sending their children to local community colleges because it is cheaper and often there are fewer objectionable matters than on larger campuses. But communiny colleges are not immune from problems. Charlie Butts and Jody Brown of OneNewsNow reported on 2/16/2009 that less than a month after voters in California decided to amend their state constitution and protect traditional marriage, Jonathan Lopez — in a public speaking class — shared his beliefs on faith and marriage. David French of the Alliance Defense Fund picks up the story. "Jonathan talked about his faith — and one of the things he talked about in context of his faith was…marriage," says French. "He read from the dictionary definition of marriage. The professor stopped the class, called him a ‘fascist b_____d’ — [he] used the expletive — [and] told the class that anyone who wanted to could leave if they were offended…." According to an ADF press release, when no one got up to leave, the instructor simply dismissed the class, effectively ending Lopez’s speech — which violated the student’s free-speech rights, adds the attorney, especially since other students made speeches on other subjects. Religious speech, notes French, apparently was excluded from the open-ended speech assignment. "You just cannot shut down student speech like that," states French, who explains that Lopez was well within the confines of his professor’s assignment, and that the professor’s actions not only constitute viewpoint discrimination but also comprise "retaliation" because he disagreed with Lopez’s religious beliefs. According to the ADF attorney, the professor was not yet finished. "When [Lopez later] complained about what was an obvious act of censorship, he was threatened with expulsion by that same professor," he says. The speech professor is identified as John Matteson of Los Angeles Community College. ADF reports that after Proposition 8 (the marriage-related constitutional amendment) was approved on November 4, Matteson told his entire class: "If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist b_____d." Ultimately Matteson refused to grade Lopez’s November 24 speech, and wrote on the evaluation: "Ask God what your grade is." Yes, we recognize that things like this go on in our society and we hope to prepare our children for them, but at the same time, we send them to college to be educated for their life’s work, not to be assaulted, attacked, and abused like this.The new idea of continuing "homeschooling" through college (via distance learning, CLEPing, and other such means) starts sounding pretty good!
And one more item on this topic: Pete Chagnon of OneNewsNow reported on 2/9/2009 that the University of Cincinnati’s "UC Sexploration" week was sponsored by Pure Romance and the University of Cincinnati Wellness Center. The event featured lectures by so-called sex experts, free sex kit giveaways, and a "Pizza and Porn" night. David Miller, the Vice-president of public policy with Citizens for Community Values (CCV), an Ohio-based family advocacy group, said, "The Wellness Center’s program director, his name is Reagan Johnson, said this very thing. [He said] ‘We’re using this to showcase that porn is not necessarily a bad thing.’" The CCV spokesman says concerned students and parents need to make their concerns known to the University of Cincinnati. He points to a recent study that shows 75 percent of UC students have had one or more sexual partners in the past year. "If anything, the school ought to be discouraging that kind of activity instead of encouraging it with these kinds of seminars," Miller suggests. The final event of the "Sexploration" week was called "sexcapades." Participants were invited to test their "sex smarts" in a series of physical and mental challenges and win "great prizes." Should Christians send their children (even though a little older but still impressionable) to a place that sponsors things like this?