Give me obedience or give me your resignation.
Patrick Henry is the fellow, who just before the American Revolution gave the stirring speech with the words: "Give me liberty or give me death." A university named after him does not quite rate liberty so highly. No surprise however. It is run by fundamentalist Christianists and these people hate liberty as much at the Marxists, the Islamists and Nazis.
What happened at Patric Henry University is a good example of the mind set of the Christianists. The university was founded by Christianists to train students for careers in "public life" and they provided a goodly number of interns to the White House --- something that illustrates the problems with that branch of government. Recently 5 of 16 faculty members have left the University. The Los Angeles Times reports that the college president Michael Farris is not returning his calls from the media over the incident which started when he fired a professor at the university. In the past Farris has quoted the Apostle Paul and his anti-reason statement about the "wisdom of this world" and the "wisdom of the wise" a Pauline smack against reaon and Greek philosophy.
The incident begain when Erik Root, who teaches government, asked a student a question. The student replied by quoting the Bible. Root told the student this was a simplistic answer. Farris was unhappy with this and told the teacher that he must explain himself to the student's parents. He was told that if he didn't he would not be rehired the next year. In other words asking a student to know more than the Bible is just not on and the teacher better explain his reasoning or apologize.
Two professors then wrote an article in the school paper saying something that is obviously reasonable. "When we examine the writings of any author, professed Christian or otherwise, the proper quesitons is not, 'Was the man a Christian?" but 'Is this true?'" Farris attacked this idea and the professors said he called their faith into question. Another professor read the colleges statement "Biblical Worldview" out loud and asked that if any student thought he had violated it to leave the room. One did. Farris fired the professor for that. Four more resigned in protest.
Patrick Henry may have believed in liberty. The university named after him doesn't.