At one time, community colleges were seen not only as an inexpensive way of starting one’s college career or getting a two year technical training in a specific field. It was also thought to be a safer environment from some of the more acidic views of some professors that strut through the halls of the major universities and colleges.
However, it seems that at least one acidic and agenda oriented professor has been strutting her stuff through the halls at a small community college in the heart of Tennessee. Nestled alongside the Duck River, Columbia is the home to Columbia State Community College with an enrollment of around 5,500 students spread out in five local campuses. Posted on the school’s website, it says:
“Columbia State offers more than 50 areas of study and has friendly faculty and staff who care that you have a good college experience.”
That may be true for most faculty and staff, but it doesn’t seem to describe the experience that students have when taking a psychology class from Dr. Linda Brunton. In fact, a number of her students just sent a 4 page letter to Dr. Janet Smith, the President of the school. In the letter, they claim that Brunton violated their First Amendment rights by her assignments and comments. They ask that Brunton issue an apology and that she be disciplined in some way for her actions.
The whole thing started when Brunton ordered her students to wear a Rainbow Coalition ribbon for an entire day. When anyone asked why, they had to tell them that they were supporting homosexuality and gay rights. Following that assignment, she then instructed her students to write a paper describing what type of discrimination they experienced while wearing the ribbon and for supporting gay rights.
Some of her students complained, stating that any form of gay rights support violated their religious beliefs. Brunton responded by telling them that they had to do the assignment if they wanted any credit for it. Then she told the students that it was her job to ‘educate the ignorant and uneducated elements of society.’ She also told her students that anyone who still believes in traditional marriage is just an ‘uneducated bigot who attacks homosexuals with hate.’ Brunton carried out her agenda even further when she refused to allow any of the students to defend their objections to homosexuality and that they were not to throw out Bible verses at her either.
I checked out Brunton’s faculty bio on the CSCC website and found that it listed that she was a member of the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) and Columbia CARES (a United Way program aimed at AIDS). She also lists her professional interests as AIDS awareness and education along with diversity issues.
CSCC only commented that they are investigating the matter at this time. The students have contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom law association to represent them in their case filed against Dr. Brunton. Travis Barham, an ADF attorney handling the case commented:
“Dr. Brunton essentially turned her General Psychology class into a semester-long clinic on the demands of the homosexual movement.”
“When students objected to how she was pushing her personal views on the class, she explained that it is her job ‘to educate the ignorant and uneducated elements of society,’ that oppose this movement’s demands and to correct their ‘hateful and close-minded’ views.”
“The Constitution does not allow any government official to force another person to adopt or advocate a particular moral or political view. But this professor did just that with this assignment and thus clearly violated freedoms protected by the First Amendment.”
One alumni from the school is also getting involved in the matter. State Senator Joey Hensley not only is an alumni of the school but he is also the Chairman of Senate Higher Education Committee in the Tennessee legislature. He told the media:
“It’s highly inappropriate for a professor to require students to advocate for something they do not believe is morally right.”
“If the teacher really did this – she needs to be reprimanded at the minimum and terminated the maximum.”
I’ve seen and heard of the same kind of thing happening at the middle and high school levels as well as in the college ranks. We saw examples of liberal teachers berating students for wearing Romney t-shirts during the election last year. There was also the principal that suspended a 6th grader for saying the word ‘gun’ on the school bus ride home. The principal says that no student is ever allowed to use that word at his school or they will receive a 10 day suspension.
Many college biology professors and instructors will automatically fail a student if they learn the student believes in biblical creation. I’ve seen that first hand and know others that have also been threatened with failing grades or no degree if they believed in creationism.
My oldest daughter had a college English instructor that tried to force them to channel to their own personal spirit guide within themselves and then write about the experience. My daughter objected because of her Christian beliefs. The instructor finally relented when we threatened to take the matter up with the college officials.
Sadly, a number of teachers and professors have what I call a ‘god complex’ where they believe that they are the supreme intelligence and that all of their students will adhere 100% to what they say and teach or else. Dr. Linda Brunton seems to be one of these ‘god complex’ professors who also has a gay rights agenda. She obviously believes that everyone should believe as she does or they are an uneducated bigot. Strange how they demand tolerance while being so intolerant of others, isn’t it?
If the charges against her are found to be true, I would hope that the school terminates her because she is the type that will continue to push the limits as far as she can in order to force her gay agenda on all future students.