Cheerleaders for critic-free BLM lose one, win one

Monday, October 12, 2020
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BLM logo Black Lives MatterA university football coach lost his job after expressing his faith while, in a separate case, a federal court has ruled on behalf of a college student who was removed from the student senate for expressing his personal religious views.

Both cases involve people speaking out against the far-left Black Lives Matter organization, which has enjoyed near-unanimous praise from liberal media, and donations from check-writing corporations, despite the group’s anti-family, anti-Western, anti-capitalist, pro-Marxist beliefs.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Florida State student Jack Denton, who sued the school earlier this year after students voted to remove him as senate president.

According to ADF, Denton sent private text messages to fellow Catholic students that encouraged them to avoid supporting groups such as Black Lives Matter and Reclaim the Block. Someone shared screenshots on social media, and soon students were demanding his removal as student senate president. A vote in June removed Denton from the office and he sued.

"Students don't forfeit their religious freedom,” says ADF attorney Logan Spena, “when they step onto a public university campus.”

In a ruling last week, the court granted ADF’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

“Which means,” the ADF attorney explains, “that the court said the action by the student senate, and the enforcement by the university, violated his rights, and ordered the university to start paying him again as the rightful student senate president."

In a separate incident, coach Kurt Beathard stepped down as offensive coordinator for Illinois State University after he pushed back on a “Black Lives Matter” push from the football team.

A poster promoting BLM was torn down in the locker room, which Beathard denied doing, but he did remove a similar motto from his office door.

“I took the sign down somebody put on my door. That’s it,” he told the student newspaper.

As the coach departed, he left a sign on his door that read, “All Lives Matter to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

It was not clear from media stories if Beathard quit or was fired but the coach told sports reporter Jason King of Outkick that he did not leave voluntarily. 

Beathard’s departure came after Larry Lyons, the university’s athletic director, was criticized earlier this fall after stating “All Redbird Lives Matter” in a video conference.

That statement apparenlty triggered many, however, because “All Lives Matters” has been criticized as downplaying the BLM movement. It has even triggered BLM activists to respond with violence after hearing it. 

Some ISU athletes protested over the incident and held an “Athletics March for Black Voices.”

Reacting to the coach’s departure, Linda Harvey of Mission America says Beathard stood up for his faith.

“We need so many more people like this,” she says, “who are in highly visible places to be willing to step out and not only call nonsense what it is, but to stand up for true biblical values and for the Lord Jesus.”


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