Julea Ward is Not Alone

Yesterday, I posted about counseling student Julea Ward’s expulsion from Eastern Michigan University for refusing to morally affirm homosexual conduct. A reader responded with this story (posted with his permission and with the name of the school removed at his request):

I cannot help responding to your post regarding the student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled for her unacceptable views. My daughter had a similar experience, though a better outcome. During the first semester of her Freshman year at [school name omitted] my daughter was double majoring in piano performance and music education. A guest lecturer at one music ed class, unknown to my daughter to be the assistant dean of the college, advocated acceptance of homosexuality. In the course of her (the assistant dean’s) polemic she stated the Bible approves of homosexuality. My daughter, silent to that point, could not let this statement go unchallenged. She raised her hand and asked the assistant dean where in the Bible one can find such approval. The lecturer spluttered something I cannot recall and my daughter, a student of the Bible, quoted directly from verses which place homosexuality on the same plane as adultery, theft, cheating, and lying. My daughter made clear that rejection of that lifesyle does not necessarily mean rejection of people who practice it. She was careful to explain this because she thinks carefully and understands important distinctions. She wondered about the outcome because several of her friends in the class are homosexuals.  


After the class, two or three of her homosexual friends asked her to explan her beliefs and she did so clearly but in a manner that the friendships were preserved. She thought nothing more of the event in class until she was called into the office of the director of music education who informed her that with her attitudes she could not teach music. She was “invited” to leave the music education program. Thus, a small storm broke out in the music school and spread to other parts of the college. I was prepared to file suit on her behalf or, rather, find an attorney to do so, but my daughter asked me to let her handle it. Fortunately, she had enough friends on the faculty and among students that there was a backlash which resulted in her being able to remain in her music education major. (That is an extremely shortened version of weeks of public controversy.)

I’m happy that this student was able to survive the expulsion attempt through her own efforts. But I wonder, how many students saw her ordeal and now choose to be silent rather than risk similar treatment?  

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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