New research confirms that scores of top-ranked Western universities discriminate against students and professors who do not conform to leftist ideologies.
It’s no secret that when Christian students enter secular university, they step into a world that seems to lean distinctly left.
I experienced this world firsthand while studying science at a liberal Canadian university. There, I strolled through hallways papered with leftist-approved (but blatantly unbiblical) messages. I listened to lecturers criticize “terrible right-wing arguments” about issues like abortion. I read advertisements boasting headlines too blasphemous to repeat. Everywhere I looked, I saw evidence of a culture founded on secular humanism, the worldview which declares—to quote one of my professors, “God did not create humans; humans created God.”1
When I later traveled 360° around the world interviewing Christian students at secular universities, I found the pattern of leftist campuses repeating itself. Whether the climate of moral relativism on Australian universities, the atmosphere of hostility which an art student described in Paris, or the swirl of communist recruiters whom students encounter in Greece, leftism rules the schools of multiple countries. And it’s not just hearsay. A new study has unveiled quantitative evidence for leftist academic discrimination in three western nations.
Dr. Eric Kauffman, Professor of Politics at the University of London, compiled survey data from over 3,000 professors,2 graduate, or doctoral students at American, British, and Canadian universities.3 Overall, Dr. Kauffman found that “a significant portion of academics discriminate against conservatives in hiring, promotion, grants, and publications.”4
His report, Academic Freedom in Crisis: Punishment, Political Discrimination, and Self-Censorship, published by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, revealed that across all three countries surveyed,
For Canadian universities alone, Dr. Kauffman documented the following trends:
These and other findings of this thorough research reveal that, overall, North American and British universities tend to be unapologetically intolerant towards those who resist conforming to leftist ideology. How can biblically grounded churches, families, and ministries prepare Christian students to navigate such environments? Based on my own university experiences, empirical research findings, and insights from Christian students worldwide, I suggest the answer involves helping students build three foundations:12
With firm foundations beneath them and strong support behind them, Christians will be far better prepared to walk into a world where everything seems to lean left—and to emerge standing tall.