Eric Rasmusen, Francis Beckwith, and Roman Catholic conversions...
On the day when IU bid farewell to its current president, Adam Herbert, IU's student newspaper, Indiana Daily Student, published a timeline of principal events in Herbert's presidency. The timeline took up the bottom six inches of numerous pages of the day's issue. And there on the first page, near the beginning, was the name of my local hero, Prof. Eric Rasmusen of the Kelley School of Business, with a date and explanation something like this: "Prof. Eric Rasmusen published ant-gay material on his blog."
There's a long story behind it, but the simple facts are that, back in 2003, Prof. Rasmusen blogged on the reasons Christian parents might legitimately object to the hiring of homosexuals to teach their children. And he put his second reason this way:
A second reason not to hire homosexuals as teachers is that it puts the fox into the chickencoop. Male homosexuals, at least, like boys and are generally promiscuous. They should not be given the opportunity to satisfy their desires...
Somewhat related is a reason not to hire a homosexual as a doctor even though you would hire him as a lawyer: you don’t mind if your lawyer has a venereal disease such as HIV or hepatitis, but you do mind if your doctor is in a class of people among whom such diseases are common.
What a stink ensued! You would have thought Prof. Rasmusen had denied the Holocaust.
This was commencement weekend here at IU and I chose as our sermon text Matthew 5:13-16, titling the sermon, "Let Your Light Shine Among Men." In the sermon, Prof. Rasmusen made a prominent appearance, but also Francis Beckwith. May I encourage those with the calling of professing God's Truth within Academe to listen to the sermon? God strengthen you in your faithfulness.
Meanwhile, here's an excellent essay on matters related to the Rasmusen scandal by my favorite essayist writing today, Joe Sobran. Not surprisingly (if you listen to the sermon), Sobran is a Roman Catholic.
PS: The sermon will be up for listening by the end of the business day tomorrow (Tuesday).