(AMERICAN THINKER) -- Rooting out political heretics is a practice we now associate with liberal secular universities, despite pretenses of "academic freedom" and claims to protect it with the lifelong employment guarantee known as "tenure."
But today, the practice appears just as likely at conservative Christian institutions. In fact, we may now be seeing a nationwide purge of the ideologically retrograde from Evangelical colleges, universities, and seminaries, as they succumb to pressure to jettison Christian principles and substitute political ideology. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) just fired four of its most senior faculty members, all full professors. Some have active publication records that put them at the forefront of their profession, elevated their institution's profile, and made them respected public voices for the seminary's professed values. The pretext was budget cuts, but no reputable institution dismisses its most eminent faculty in their prime to save money. All had resisted the radicalization being encouraged by the administration, and they were the first to go not despite their experience and leadership, but because of it.