Over at his blog, dangerous ideas, Victor Reppert reports that Peter Boghossian has sent Reppert to the “kid’s table” because of Boghossian’s problems with reading comprehension.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Victor also writes:
What I said was that having a course at a public university that brings up religious issues, and in that course makes it evident that if they have certain religious views and express them in the course, they cannot get a passing grade, or will not have the same chance to get a passing grade as those who adopt another religious perspective, then serious questions from the point of view of the Establishment Clause have to be raised.
Yet I’m not sure the bar is set that high. Thanks to the FFRF, that is.
Recall that back in 2013, Jerry Coyne and the FFRF led a campaign to get Eric Hedin, from Ball State University, to stop teaching a class where he was promoting his own religious viewpoints. According to the FFRF, this violated the Establishment Clause. As they explained:
Another legal issue with this class is Hedin’s active promotion of his personal religious views. In Bishop v. Aronov, the University of Alabama ordered a teacher, Dr. Bishop, to stop injecting religion into his classroom…….The court specifically held that the university classroom “is not an open forum,” and upheld the university’s order that the professor “separate his personal beliefs and that he not impart the former to his students during ‘instructional time’ or under the guise of courses he teaches in so-called optional classes. Id. at 1071. The court was “not persuaded that, even in the remotest sense, Dr. Bishop’s rights of free exercise or worship as those concepts are comprehended in constitutional parlance are implicated.” Id. at 1077.
Notice the problem was not about atheist students being able to get an A in the class; it was about the “active promotion of his personal religious views” in a state run university.
And as it turned out, Ball State University agreed with the FFRF. The president of the university shut down Hedin’s class, explaining
As a public university, we have a constitutional obligation to maintain a clear separation between church and state. It is imperative that even when religious ideas are appropriately taught in humanities and social science courses, they must be discussed in comparison to each other, with no endorsement of one perspective over another.
Jo Ann M. Gora, PhD
So using this example as a precedent, the issue would be not whether a Christian could possibly get an A in Boghossian’s course. It would just be whether Boghossian is promoting “his personal religious views” in the classroom or whether he is adhering to the standard of “no endorsement of one perspective over another.”