Scientist Fired For Being A Christian

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   9/26/2014

The release of a university scientist who documented evidence that supports creationism is disturbing, but it is also not surprising. 

Mark Armitage, formerly a professor at California State University, was releases after his discovery of a triceratops horn that is estimated to be no more than 4,000 years old. This finding suggests that dinosaurs were walking the earth long after many evolutionists had determined that they were extinct. 

CSU said they released Armitage because of a lack of funding and said that Armitage’s 38-month position was only temporary. However, Anugrah Kumar of the Christian Post reports that a university official told Armitage this after his discovery: "'We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!’”

It’s a sad case that Armitage’s story is nothing new in our nation. Several Christian professors have been suppressed or eliminated after their religious beliefs are somehow exposed or brought into academics at public universities. It’s as if Christians should leave their faith at home, but all other religious followers should bring theirs in.

Most public universities stand proudly upon their tolerance and diversity. They encourage the exploration of ideas and the sharing of knowledge. Why, then, is the exploration of science so offensive when it merely runs parallel to the Bible? 

Universities Intolerant to Christianity

For this reason, research at universities that are intolerant to Christianity remains incredibly biased. We’ve seen the reaction to Biblical truth being brought out in scientific discovery at many universities. Suddenly the “open-mindedness” is gone, and research is steered toward biased, tainted outcomes by professors that are intolerant of ideas that offend them.

This frustrated me greatly when I was a college student. At that time the Passion movie with Mel Gibson had been released. Several students in my department talked about that movie as if they hated it. Then the Jewish question was raised, and an open panel was presented discussing the appropriateness of the film. I attended this panel, but I left wishing it had never been arranged. Each panelist’s viewpoint was negative toward the film. Nobody gave a positive presentation. I’m sure someone who had not seen the movie would have left deciding it wasn’t worth it. The panel just tore it up.

The questions that ran through my mind included this: What kind of school is this? Where’s the balanced perspectives that are usually present in panel discussions? How can academics and the exploration of ideas be so highly encouraged while the viewpoints I hear on campus are so strongly one-sided?

Yet, since I have observed Christianity being treated with such strong distaste, I have concluded that this battle runs deeper than just human opinions. It’s so incredibly widespread that we can be sure this battle is a spiritual one. What’s a Christian to do?

First, take heart, because we know that Jesus has overcome the world. He is not unaware of the issues we face, and He is more than capable of taking care of all that we can and cannot see.

Second, continue aiding in the battle. The Pacific Justice Institute has been fighting Armitage’s battle in court. Support them anyway you can.

Third, don’t run and hide, but make yourself useful. We need more Christian professors in these circles. I think many have been scared away, if not by the job insecurity, then by the common disdain toward the faith they hold so dear. But their position is incredible in a public college. As a Christian student, the few professors I had who expressed their faith were like a life rope to me. At first, I thought they belonged in a museum. Then, I found out there were more. Their simple statement of faith lifted me up out of the desert- it was incredibly encouraging. We need not run, but embrace the opportunity to work in such an important role.

Finally, this story does recognize another important point: most universities would be quite comfortable hiring professors who simply didn’t express their Christian beliefs at all. But is it possible to be a follower of Christ off campus and turn this role off on campus? Absolutely not. A Christian wears their faith everywhere they go, and it’s bound to come out in various ways: through a discussion with a troubled student, through discoveries that run parallel with Scripture, and through various classroom discussions, especially those regarding ethics or Biblical convictions.

A university should not shy away nor be surprised by a professor’s authentic faith coming out in these ways. Like how an Indian professor carries an accent from India or a Muslim professor explains his need to pray throughout the day, a Christian professor also should not be discouraged to reveal his identity when the questions or topic of study intersects with his faith. In fact, it would be terribly un-academic if this type of authenticity was discouraged!

Whether universities acknowledge it or not, what we believe about who we are and who God is impacts everything we do, say and think. Simultaneously, attempting to suppress someone else’s faith reveals a lot about their own.

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