Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Conservative Christian Scholar Says Seminaries Discriminated Against Him Because of His Beliefs

Religion News Service reported yesterday on an EEOC complaint that was filed last month by Rev. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, an African-American expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, who says that he was fired by an Atlanta consortium of Black seminaries because of his conservative Christian views. Hopkins charges that Interdenominational Theological Center administrators intimidated him, gave him poor evaluations and changed student grades he had assigned before they ultimately refused to renew his contract.  Hopkins says his problems began after he organized a meeting of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where attendees were offered a book that declared homosexuality a sin. ITC's president has said that the Center's actions had nothing to do with academic freedom.