Easter thoughts on Bill Hobbs and academic SodomI have to admit that I do not know Bill Hobbs in the way that many others in the Tennessee blogging community know him, I was not a regular reader of his before he suspended his regular blog in January, I just peeked in from time to time. I am more familiar with his present endeavors over at Blogging for Bryson. However, as much of the rest of the Volunteer blogosphere have something to say about the fact that Bill Hobbs abruptly "resigned" from his position at Belmont after publishing a controversial cartoon depicting Muhammed in a negative way.
Belmont was once very much a Baptist institution, and as Rob Huddleston points out, when the Baptists get pushed out of the leadership of that institution, people like Bill Hobbs, who is, so far as I can tell, a good Christian man, get fired (that's what really happened) for expressing details of their beliefs on their own time-that is the same sort of thing that would happen at a secular liberal state school.
Let me share something with my good Protestant (and especially Baptist) brothers and sisters: This thing that has happened at Belmont, sad as it is, is old hat to orthodox, traditional Catholics. Fifty years ago, you could not teach at a Catholic institution unless you were loyal to the Catholic Church, to its doctrines, and you professed to believe in the Scriptures as we understand them. When Catholic colleges began to allow non-Catholics, or more precisely, non-Christians, to teach there, the poison of Lucifer came into the Camp of the Saints. It is hard to find a professor at Notre Dame, Loyola, Xavier, the University of Dayton, or Georgetown that is a truly loyal Catholic. They are out there to be had, but they are still few and far between. This problem began because we allowed unfaithful people to teach and hold positions at our colleges and universities. Welcome to our world.
Of course, this slouch toward Sodom has brought about a counter-movement and the creation of new schools where orthodoxy is the expected norm, such as Ave Maria University and Christendom College, where if you try and teach the anti-Gospel of the Devil you will be run off campus post-haste.
What happened to Bill Hobbs should not have happened, but there needs to be such a strong reaction to it that it provokes people who care about Christian education to begin to create places of learning where such a crime cannot occur.