Quiet Christian Resisters
A reader writes:
I am writing primarily today as a family member (wife and daughter) of two men who work as professors in higher education (my husband and my father), both in the humanities, because I have noted a number of times your frustration (especially recently) with American academics with tenure who will not “stand up” against the SJWs. I think that there may be a lot more resistance from these Christian academics, particularly those who are working in the humanities, than you may be giving credit for.
Contrary to popular belief, it is just as easy to fire (or otherwise get rid of) a tenured professor as it is to fire a contract professor in most American colleges and universities, and it can actually be easier, legally speaking, to fire a professor with tenure than to fire one on contract when there is any issue of “misconduct” (and now administrations can define that how they will, to include making students or other faculty feel “unsafe/afraid” when exposed to certain ideas, when co-workers’ lifestyle choices aren’t enthusiastically congratulated by their peers, or to include nonconformity to the new linguistic orthodoxy, etc… ). I wanted to assure you that there are many professors (tenured and not) in this country who are steadily taking positions informed by their Christian beliefs week in and week out. They know that in doing so they are gradually giving their administrations and coworkers a treasure-trove list that is updated, recorded, and hidden away in the faculty file record compiled about them, so that if there is ever the political will to fire them (or otherwise eliminate their position), it will not be hard for the administration to do so. Christian academics do this knowingly, and they try to do it deftly and with wisdom about which hill is the right one to die on. Many academic spouses (like me) keep our careers in the private sector at least in part because we know that eventually our spouses may have to lose their careers in order to keep their integrity as Christians (with or without tenure).
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