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School condones discrimination against Christians May 13, 2015

Posted by JP in Discussion, Uncategorized, Venting.
Liberty Counsel is challenging a Florida College about the work of a militant atheist professor intent on destroying his students’ faith and issuing failing grades for expressing biblically based opinions.Professor Lance “L.J.” Russum at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida gave sixteen-year-old, dual-enrolled student, Grace Lewis four (4) straight zeros because she refused to conform to his personal world views of Marxism, Atheism or “Anti-theism”, Feminism, and homosexuality.

Following the fourth zero, Professor Russum gave Grace a condescending lecture in which he openly demeaned her faith, misrepresented his own course syllabus to justify his improper grading, and presumed to tell her “how the ‘faith’ you claim actually works.”

Professor Russum cannot use academic freedom as a pretext to discriminate.

Professor Russum hasn’t just targeted Grace. Another student said the professor required the students to keep a journal, which he would read. When she wrote that she believed in God, the professor took her aside and said, “You need to drop my class.” Professor Russum is proselytizing militant atheism, and Polk State College needs to hold him accountable.

+ + Sign our “Open Letter of Outrage” to the leadership of Polk State College.

We have drafted an open letter to the Polk State College administrators and Board of Trustees expressing our outrage over the blatant anti-Christian bigotry of Professor Lance “L.J.” Russum. We expose the fact that his personal bias and discriminatory actions are infused into his classroom.

Click here to add your name to the letter:


+ + Polk State College Condones Discrimination against Christians

The Liberty Counsel Legal Team demanded (1) a full and independent review of Mr. Russum’s behavior and course content; (2) appropriate grading of Grace’s four “zero” assignments by a different professor; (3) a written apology; and (4) assurances that future courses taught by Mr. Russum, if any, will be free from such unlawful discrimination.

In its response, Polk State General Counsel concluded that there was no evidence of any discrimination.

Despite its assertion otherwise, ample evidence of discrimination exists.

First, the professor was openly hostile towards Christianity in general, and Grace’s Christian viewpoint in particular, which violates the Establishment Clause. Second, Grace was penalized with reduced points, and then four zeros, for not conforming to the professor’s worldview, which violates both the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses.

Grace was required to agree with the professor on matters contrary to her faith just to answer his questions. This practice not only violates the Constitution, but also the professor’s own syllabus which promised that students would not have to agree with his views.

Liberty Counsel’s demand letter acknowledged Russum’s right to say whatever he wants outside of the classroom, but all the online evidence of his radical personal views are proper evidence of pretext once he discriminates against Grace in the classroom.

Join us as we call on believers to stand your ground against anti-Christian Bias and religious-based attacks happening at Polk State College, and on students, teachers, administrators and school systems all across our nation!

Click here to add your name to the open letter:


Thank you, in advance, for supporting us in this important initiative!

God bless you,
Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action


Liberty Counsel
PO 277
Maxwell,IA 50161

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