Bible reading not allowed before class, professor tells student

It’s apparently okay to read history books at Northern Arizona University, but not the Good Book.

Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class.

John 15:18
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Holden alleges that Professor Heather Martel ordered him to put away the Good Book around six minutes before a scheduled history class. It’s unclear why she objected to the reading of God’s Word.

According to her biography, Professor Martel is a noted scholar who is working on an essay titled, “The Gender Amazon: Indigenous Female Masculinity in Early Modern European Representations of Contact.” She also teaches classes on Global Queer History and Feminist Theory.

When Holden declined to stop reading his Bible, the professor summoned Derek Heng, the chairman of the department. Heng then proceeded to explain the situation. Read More

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  1. Etzel, 05 May, 2017

    The first chapter of Romans is applicable here.

    Professor Heather Martel, your funding should be cut, in fact all of Northern Arizona University’s funding should be cut, for employing you.

    University’s should be institution of learning, not centers for indoctrination into secular humanism.

    Call you representative’s and tell them to stop wasting tax dollars for this type of anti-social behavior, by professor’s who profess themselves to be wise but are in reality fools.

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