June 6, 2013
Dear [BIOLA] President Barry Corey,
My first introduction to BIOLA was through the writings of Fred Sanders and John Mark Reynolds several years ago on the Scriptorium blog of the Torrey Institute. Thank you for your work as a Christian university.
I am writing though to ask you to reverse the threats and actions taken against Miss Diana Jimenez by your campus chief of security and dean of nursing when she held up a sign on campus exposing what abortion does to a baby.
I have seen a video showing your campus chief of security threatening Miss Jimenez with not graduating for holding a graphic sign and refusing to leave campus. And I hear that the dean of the nursing department has forbidden anyone in her department from writing letters of reference for her. Surely this is not the way to encourage our young people to stand on behalf of the innocent and defenseless, is it?
As a father of five children, what am I supposed to think when the time comes to recommend colleges for my children? I would want a college where evil, not the exposing of evil, is punished. In this example, BIOLA looks disturbingly similar to a state school to me.
I’m not questioning your authority under the law to block such images from your campus; I’m asking that as a Christian university you not try to block a disturbing image of a disturbing reality. A Christian university is the perfect place to have the difficult discussions that need to happen regarding the reality of abortion. Miss Jimenez appears to be a good example of what we want our Christian colleges to produce, not a bad example to be punished. Please change your actions accordingly.
Daniel S. Meyer
I don’t know if Miss Jimenez did the right thing in holding a graphic abortion sign when BIOLA had told her no, but surely on a Christian campus it shouldn’t go like this…