ICC Note: In February, a student at Northern Arizona University, Mark Holden, was told by his professor not to read the Bible in the lecture hall before class. When Holden refused to put away his Bible, the professor called for the chairman of the department who discussed the matter with the student. Although Holden was not being disruptive and intended to put his Bible away before class started, the professor still ordered him to leave the room.
By Todd Starnes
05/01/2017 United States (Fox News) – It’s apparently okay to read history books at Northern Arizona University, but not the Good Book.
Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class.
Holden alleges that Professor Heather Martel ordered him to put away the Good Book around six minutes before a scheduled history class. It’s unclear why she objected to the reading of God’s Word.
According to her biography, Professor Martel is a noted scholar who is working on an essay titled, “The Gender Amazon: Indigenous Female Masculinity in Early Modern European Representations of Contact.” She also teaches classes on Global Queer History and Feminist Theory.
When Holden declined to stop reading his Bible, the professor summoned Derek Heng, the chairman of the department. Heng then proceeded to explain the situation.
Holden recorded the conversation and turned it over to congressional candidate Kevin Cavanaugh. In turn, Cavanaugh provided me with a copy of the audio.
“So Professor Martel says that she doesn’t want you sitting in front of her because you put, you know, a Bible out, right?” Heng said.
“So she doesn’t want me in the front because I have my Bible out,” Holden replied.