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February 01, 2005

When challenged, they run

According to Agape Press, Tennessee State University cancelled a scheduled free course on Islam, sponsored by the Islamic Center of Nashville after Kerry Duke, the dean of Tennessee Bible College, sent a letter to TSU president James Hefner proposing that the two schools co-host an open discussion between Duke and a representative from the Muslim community.

"There is a bias [against Christianity] that is very obvious there," Duke says, referring to the Nashville school. "Secondly, there is a lot of misinformation today about the true nature of Islam -- and that misinformation has to do with the lack of knowledge about the teaching of the Koran on [the subject of] violence."

In his letter to Hefner, the Bible college dean essentially asked permission to come to TSU to lecture on the Bible and Christianity. The school's lack of a response, he says, confirms his argument in the letter -- that there is an obvious bias against such matters of faith in higher education today.

"And what I find [to be] ironic is that here is a government-funded school [TSU] which allows a whole course on Islam to be taught on its campus, which was at least partially paid for with taxpayer money -- and yet I can't go into the same university," says Duke.

Ironic but predictable.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 1, 2005 07:54 AM

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