Prof Docks Student for Referring to God with ‘Male-Gendered Language’ at Catholic University
A student’s paper was marked down for referring to God as male in a theological class at a private Catholic university in Los Angeles, The College Fix reports.
Cecilia González-Andrieu, a Loyola Marymount University professor of theological studies, docked the student, who wished to remain anonymous, for repeatedly using “male-gendered language for God” in her paper.
The student emailed the professor in December for an explanation about the incorrect grade.
“Your comment that I referred to God as a male, I should not have gotten any points off for that,” the student wrote. “MULTIPLE times throughout the Bible God is referred to as a ‘he.’ I feel targeted by your comment, as I was raised in the church with the belief that God is a male.”
The professor explained that the student should note why the male pronouns are used for God in the footnotes.
“Please resubmit your paper and add a footnote stating your reasons as a scholar to opt to preserve male language for God,” González-Andrieu said in part.
After the student resubmitted the paper with footnotes, she reportedly got the points back.
Will Donahue, chairman of the California College Republicans and Loyola Marymount University College Republicans president, slammed the professor for the “blatant heresy” with gender pronouns.
“I am appalled by this blatant heresy coming out of the theology department,” Donahue stated. “This was a personal attack on one of my member’s freedom of religion, at a ‘Catholic’ school no less. This type of compelled speech cannot be tolerated by LMU.”
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