We Value Free Speech at MidAmerica Nazarene University

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James & Teresa Menditto & Becker, respectively
6 years ago
i believe in the First Amendment. Dr. Beckum was not calling for violence; he was critical of its present in our world. Shame on you for punishing him the way you have. Your own Christian views are now in question for the entire world to see.

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Harold Paul
6 years ago
This sermon poses serious questions, the type that should be asked at a christian institution of higher learning. Employees of the university should not be penalized for bring them up for campus wide discussion.

Harold W. Paul II
MNU Freshaman 1982-1983
NNU Class of 1987

Chief Warrant Officer Four
United States Army (Retired)
Master of Science in Administration
Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence

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Russell Booton
6 years ago
Bringing up the teaching of Christ should never be controversial at a Christian college.

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Todd Ponczoch
6 years ago
Our Faith Should live outside of Politics and we should be reflections of Love and Peace for all.

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Jeffrey Tamburello
6 years ago
I am a Nazarene, a graduate of a Nazarene college, and I believe that the university is a place to discuss ideas.

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Terry Gatwood
6 years ago
I am both a veteran of the United States Navy, and a graduate of sister school Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Chaplain Beckum did a very good thing in bringing to the forefront the sort of questions concerning violence and peace. I fully support him and his ministry, and respectfully request he be reinstated as Chaplain at MNU. The Church, Academia, and the world need people like Chaplain Beckum asking tough moral questions like he has.

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Daniel Coutz
6 years ago
I am a Nazarene pastor and an alumni of a sister Nazarene university. I also am firmly convinced that Jesus calls his disciples to non-violence. But the bigger issue is not whether or not violence is sometimes necessary. The issue at play here is whether a chaplain of a university should ask difficult question to his students and colleagues. That is exactly the role of a chaplain at a Christian university to ask questions that will help students and faculty stretch themselves and their faith and to come into contact with the broader family of the Church. I hope that MNU will take the appropriate steps to communicate to their students and the outside world that they value this type of exploration of the Christian faith.

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Megan Huffman
6 years ago
I am an alum of MNU and I am appalled at this decision. Randy is a good, Godly man who is trying to challenge the thinking of the young minds on campus to really take to heart Jesus' words. Here I thought that was the whole reason for MNU's existence, silly me.

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Michael Reith
6 years ago
Two issues are prominent. First, is free speech. If this does not exist at a university, what hope is there for true education. Second is the orthodox and historical objection of the Church to war. Dr. Beckum did nothing more than address it. Appropriately. Ironically, the actions taken against him suggest that he is very correct in his concerns.

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Rev. Gene Schandorff
6 years ago
I believe Rev. Beckum was punished for speaking truth.