I just want to make sure I get this straight. Albert Mohler, the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:
Joined an amicus brief designed to limit his seminary liability for sexual abuse claims.
Said he would support Doug Mastriano or Kari Lake in the 2022 elections.
Is telling evangelical voters that they are “unfaithful” Christians if they don’t vote GOP.
Took a few nasty shots at evangelical theologian Ron Sider days after his death.
Threw his support behind Donald Trump in 2020.
And other assorted things documented here.
And then he published a piece criticizing the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and Penn under the title “The moral rot starts at the top.”
Here is a taste:
Most of us know we’re living in consequential times, but sometimes it seems we’re living in truly dangerous times. Just over the course of the last few days, several things have happened that have helped to focus the moral and worldview crisis of our present hour. Sometimes this comes down to nothing less than a matter of life and death. And as we’re looking at these issues, we need to look to the United States Capitol earlier this week, when three of America’s most influential university presidents appeared before a House committee to speak to the issues of anti-Semitism, and even calls for genocide on their campuses.
The big shock in all this comes down to the fact that all three of those presidents failed the most basic task of human decency. Not one of them came out and said that it would not be allowable on their campuses for openly anti-Semitic calls to be made, even calls for genocide. The statements made by these three university presidents are patently immoral and unacceptable. Every single one of them refused to say that anti-Semitic language—and even calls for genocide against the Jews—would be unacceptable on their campuses.
This spectacular moral failure tells us a great deal about the rot of America’s higher education. It also underlines the incongruity of so many conservative Christian parents and students who think it would be a great achievement to get into these universities. Why are so many Christian parents ready and eager to surrender their offspring to a moral swamp. Then again, the moral stink of elite American colleges and universities exceeds that of any normal swamp.
The three presidents were the president of Harvard University, Claudine Gay, the president of MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sally Ann Kornbluth, and the president of the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Magill. The University of Pennsylvania and Harvard are both Ivy League schools, and MIT is also in the very top rank of the academic elite. These presidents lead three of the most powerful academic powerhouses in the United States, three at the very top of the pyramid of the most elite academic institutions. And yet the closer you look, the more rot you see.
Read the rest here.