Thursday, November 15, 2012
Methodists ain't what they used to be
As most readers here will probably be aware, there are some pretty wishy-washy Methodists in America these days. Some branches could just as well be called the Church of Political Correctness. They are just as bad in Australia, though they are no longer called Methodists there any more. In 1977 they absorbed some congregations from other denominations and renamed themselves the Uniting church.
They have a theological seminary in Sydney called the UTC. They claim that the UTC vibrates and that it believes in "a biblical witness open to ongoing scholarship and contemporary insight". In other words, ditch that silly old Bible if it doesn't suit you. Vibrate instead?
Canadian Andrew Fraser must be a masochist of sorts. He is a retired law professor who was booted out of his teaching job at an Australian university because he dared to mention publicly the usual academic research findings about African IQ. Nobody tried to argue with him on the facts. They couldn't. They just abused him and said he was guilty of hate speech. A summary of events here.
And it appears that Andrew may also be religious. He enrolled in a course at UTC! But he did something intolerable there. In one of his student essays, he defended the Bible and its teachings as the word of God! Heresy!
They couldn't really fail him over that so they withheld his marks for a year and then gave him the lowest possible pass mark. He is challenging his assessment in front of a tribunal but I dont like his chances. Saying that the Bible is the word of God is not allowed in today's Methodist church! The Wesley brothers would be amazed.
Andrew gives detail of his fight with them here