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Christian university expels student after racial social media post

CHICAGO (RNS) A Belmont University freshman "is no longer a student" at the Christian school after sending a racist Snapchat post about three African-American football players who had protested the treatment of minorities in America.

The post was sent under the Snapchat username "juswoodard97" during Monday's (Sept. 19) game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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It showed Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins, Ron Brooks and Steven Means with their fists raised during the national anthem and was captioned with a racial slur followed by this threat: "Every one of them needs a damn bullet in their head. If you don't like this country get the hell out."

The post was created by a freshman at Belmont, a school of about 7,700 students in Nashville that has Southern Baptist roots. It generated an outcry Tuesday as it was saved and shared across other social media networks.

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"The University rejects comments rooted in racism or bigotry," the school said in a statement Tuesday.

"As a Christian institution, it is our goal to build a diverse and inclusive community where all members feel accepted, safe and valued."

Before the game, Jenkins had said he and his teammates were considering joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his protest of the way racial minorities are treated.

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Kaepernick has drawn both praise and criticism for kneeling in silent protest during the national anthem.

Comments

  1. A totally appropriate decision on the part of the university, though it is my hope the young man will take this life lesson and learn from it. If he is mature enough to recognize the unchristian nature of his comments and atone for them, then perhaps he can find a way to acquire the education he originally set out to obtain.

  2. It appears that the university has acted promptly, appropriately and decisively – that is to be applauded.

    The comment, as reported above, was not “unchristian”. It was vile, racist, immoral and the product of an unhealthy mind. For many it was also “unchristian” but only in that Christianity sometimes concurs with morality which it has conned some people into thinking it invented. Morality is a product of human society, it arose many years before Judaism let alone Christianity.

    Good people do good things, bad people do bad things. It always seemed to me that the proportion of good people inside Christianity was remarkably similar to the proportion in those who lived without religious belief. I also observe that people’s god(s) are remarkably like the people who imagine them. Good people have good god(s), bad people have bad god(s).

    Most Christians, in my experience, are rather like the store with reserved disabled parking spaces which it doesn’t police in case taking action should damage their profitability. There are many good Christians, unless they take effective action (spoiler – praying is not taking effective action) the brand will continue to diminish. It is good to learn that at least one institution has the guts to recognise this and act upon it.

  3. As a Christian University, perhaps it would have been better to allow the student an opportunity to repent.

    Perhaps they did and he refused, but it does seem fairly quick from the time of the post until he is no longer a student.

  4. “If you don’t like this country get the hell out.”

    That comment by racists and others always strikes me as so ironic when it’s addressed to African Americans. They were initially kidnapped and shipped to this country as slaves. Now they’ve been here for many generations, longer than lots of whites, and this nation is their home, and rightfully so.

  5. “It showed Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins, Ron Brooks and Steven Means with their fists raised …”
    What punishment did those three receive for giving the communist salute?

  6. A lot of derisive social media responses and some fools in Florida enforcing a law which violates the 1st Amendment.

  7. My use of the term coincides with my own definition of the term Christian which naturally does not equate with yours.

  8. I use “Christian” in the commonly accepted sense of “someone who follows, or seeks to follow, the teachings and examples of the Christ”. Most who claim the soubriquet often act as though they follow a mixture of mythical prophets, Saul of Tarsus, power-hungry temporal-power-seeking politico-religious leaders and/or their choice of a ragbag of latter day charlatans, that’s why there are probably even more definitions of Christian than there are Christians.
    The gloriously humourful non-sequitur is that, by some definitions, I am a Christian. Sixty years ago (still in single figures) I was bamboozled into a public confession of Christ and, genuinely, uttered the “sinner’s prayer”. My mother died convinced that we will meet in heaven, though I shall be wearing short trousers and have ears like Dumbo’s!

  9. You know, I have thought about your comment for a few days now, hytre. I think you’re right. He should have been able to repent. blessings.

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