Southeastern Seminary Responds to 'Baseless' Accusations From Todd Starnes | RELEVANT Magazine

Drama is flaring up within the theological seminary world, the place conservative commentator and Fox Information Radio host Todd Starnes has accused the college of Southeastern Seminary of punishing a pupil for his help of President Donald Trump. Southeastern responded to the allegations, calling them “flatly false” and reporting that the coed in query confirmed that he had not been punished.

It began on Starnes’ radio present, the place the coed’s unidentified mom known as in to say her son, who she says is a pupil on the seminary, was informed to take away his “Make America Great Again” cap. She additionally alleged that he was informed to take away a Trump flag from his dorm. You may take heed to the interview right here.

In a assertion, Southeastern denied the allegations, saying, “Southeastern Seminary has not and will not coerce, punish, or threaten with punishment any student for their political views or expression of those views. This includes but is not limited to support of President Donald Trump.”

The seminary referenced a coverage forbidding flags of any sort being hung in entrance of home windows in pupil housing however mentioned that “[t]he student in question has confirmed that he was asked to abide by this housing policy four years ago and, having done so, he continues to display the flag within the boundaries of our housing policy.”

“Likewise, he has confirmed that he was never asked to remove the hat discussed in the radio show,” the assertion continued.

Starnes says he reached out to Southeastern Seminary’s provost Bruce Ashford for a remark and didn’t hear again, which Ashford acknowledged occurred as a result of he was consuming dinner on the time. Starnes responded to this slightly strongly.

Ashford tweeted a stern response to Starnes, calling him a “shock jock” who sensationalizes tales to make more money.

Ashford is appropriate on Starnes’ file. In 2003, Starnes was fired from The Baptist Press for misquoting then-U.S. Secretary of Schooling Rod Paige to make it sound like he needed to advertise Christian values in public faculties.

In 2013, Starnes reported {that a} proposed regulation in San Antonio would power church buildings to put in “transgender bathrooms.” That assertion was discovered to be false. In December of 2013, Starnes claimed that Veterans Administration hospitals in Texas and Georgia have been banning Christmas playing cards for sufferers a declare Alan Noble proved false. Over at The Atlantic, Jonathan Merritt has written up an in depth checklist of Starnes’ historical past of exaggeration and outright deception.

On Twitter, Starnes is insisting that he wasn’t making any allegations, saying the mom who known as into his present did so unbidden, although he additionally referred to her as a “victim.”

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