Leftwing public educators are still at it. Once again a conservative Christian has been evicted from a high school campus. This time the evicted truth warrior is nationally known Christian speaker and musician, Bradlee Dean. Mr. Dean is also a well-respected contributing author at this website. The school is Spanish River High School of Boca Raton, Florida and the intolerant evicting agent is the school’s principal. What makes this case even more difficult to stomach is that Mr. Dean was invited to speak by one of the high school’s student groups: The American Club.
The irony of these situations is the hypocrisy of weak-kneed, politically-correct cowards posing as school administrators who are more interested in bowing to liberal orthodoxy than respecting the First Amendment, academic freedom, or the need of students to hear a variety of different views as part of a liberal—meaning broad and diverse—education. What I always want to know in these situations is this: What are the liberals afraid of? If their leftwing views have any validity, why should they fear speakers such as Bradlee Dean whose message runs counter to theirs? I have never minded in the slightest debating with a liberal because I am comfortable with my views and know they are based on everlasting, unchanging truths.
Make no mistake about it. Had the speaker invited to Spanish River High School been a Muslim, Hindu, or an atheist he would have been welcomed and allowed to speak his or her mind. But let a student group invite a Christian, and public educators are suddenly filled with fear and loathing or righteous indignation. Unfortunately for the principal who took it upon himself to remove Bradlee Dean from the campus of Spanish River High School—but fortunately for supporters of the First Amendment—this situation is not yet over. In fact, for this feckless administrator things are really just getting started.
According to Dean’s spokesman, Jake MacAulay, the next step is to initiate legal action against the principal and school system. Liberty Council, a religious liberties organization, has already begun work on the case. According to Liberty Council attorney Horatio G. Mihet: “We see serious constitutional problems with the principal censoring religious and political expression simply because they are deemed ‘offensive,’ especially when there are no specific, articulable facts to support such an assertion. Federal law, including the Constitution, protects the right of student clubs to present their ideas without fear of censorship because of disagreement with the content of the message.”
Bradlee Dean, showing wisdom the principal obviously lacked, simply moved to a nearby location off campus and gave his scheduled presentation to a group of students who refused to be bullied by their principal. Dean had this to say about the situation: “If standing up against those who perpetrate crimes against our posterity is wrong, then I am guilty as charged. America should pay careful attention to who is doing the discriminating, and who is abiding by the laws of our republic.” Well said Mr. Dean.
It was precisely this type of situation that motivated me and my colleague, Archie Jones, to write our book, Liberal Tyranny in Higher Education (www.americanvision.com). We begin our book by quoting the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In my view, no teacher or administrator should be afforded a position in any public school system without being able to quote the First Amendment and properly explain all of its applications and ramifications. I doubt the principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida could do this. However, I suspect by the time Liberty Council is done petitioning the “Government for a redress of grievances” on behalf of Bradlee Dean the principal will be better educated.