Wheaton College is so theologically messed up that it has handed over the Billy Graham Center to Ed Stetzer, who has subsequently trotted in the Mystichicks (Moore, Voskamp, Caine) to disciple and teach the students. Ed Stetzer has been on the wrong side (and the money-making side) of every evangelical controversy in the last fifteen years. And most recently, Stetzer is defending pro-choice Wheaton students who melted like snowflakes over a pro-life speaker giving them the facts on abortion.
In an article at Christianity Astray, Stetzer begins by clarifying that Wheaton’s official position is pro-life. This is called being website orthodox, referring people to a statement, confession, or hyperlink, that supposedly proves your orthodoxy. This is Stetzer’s way of defending pro-choice students and their pro-choice point of view while saying to anyone questioning the decision, “We are all pro-life here, so there’s nothing to see, Citizen…move along.”
Of course, Stetzer’s proposition that Wheaton faculty are all pro-life because they abide by a document on Wheaton’s website somewhere is spurious. Remember the hijab-wearing Muslim professor who claimed that Muslims and Christians worshipped the same God? Yeah, that was at Wheaton. So I think it’s safe to assume that their “our college officially believes this, so that’s all there is to it,” stops at hijab-wearing Muslim professors. You’ll have to forgive us for being incredulous.
For those who don’t know, Ryan Bomberger was recently asked to speak at Wheaton on the topic of abortion and race at the request of the College Republicans. His talk was entitled, “Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb.” It’s here that you can cue the outrage, and as you can imagine among Generation Snowflake, it went over like a lead balloon.
The weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth could be heard all the way from Stetzer’s Beth Moore lined office.. The Student Government Association, with the help of two staff members (Peter Hansen and Crystal Cartwright) of the Office of Student Activities, sent out an email denouncing Bombgarner. It was signed by students, Lauren Rowley (Student Body President), Tyler Waaler (Student Body Vice President) and Sammie Shields (EVP of Community Diversity), and the letter claimed that his comments “made many students, staff and faculty of color feel unheard, underrepresented and unsafe on our campus.”
Bomberger, by the way, is black. So then, the news media picked up the story because it’s pretty hilarious that someone considerably more “black” than Kyle J. Howard would make students of color feel “underrepresented.” To which all God’s people said under their breath, idiots.
,Who comes to the rescue but Ed Stetzer?
Rushing in on his gallant white surf board upon which he rides all the major waves of culture, Stetzer claimed that Bomberger’s message wasn’t the problem but something (he doesn’t know what) that he said afterward must have been the problem and that he must have been “provocative.”
But Stetzer is not defending the pro-choice position. No, sir. He’s pro-life because that’s the official position of Wheaton College. He’s only defending the snowflake students swooning on the fainting couches in their safe spaces because the pro-life speaker gave them emotional boo-boos.
Of the pro-life speaker, Stetzer wrote…
If disagreement is unsafe, then Wheaton is unsafe. If you don’t like people challenging your ideas when you are intentionally provocative, this is not the place to come and speak.
What a Judas Priest, that guy.
You see, we debate ideas here at Wheaton, and our students felt that some of Bomberger’s comments after the talk were unhelpful and dismissive, not about abortion, but about other issues of concern to them.
Honestly, I would not have used the charged word “safe” that the students used in that email, but it does convey the kind of place we want Wheaton to be—a safe place to debate ideas and a safe place for people of color.
It doesn’t really sound like ideas are debated at Wheaton. It sounds like they’re raising a generation of fragile crybabies, whose professors stick binkies in their mouths instead of making them grow up and deal with facts like black babies being slaughtered at enormously
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