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Student Who Questioned BLM is ‘No Longer Enrolled’ at University After Outcry

Student Who Questioned BLM is ‘No Longer Enrolled’ at University After Outcry

“The views we express on social media should reflect the values and beliefs we uphold as followers of Christ. We must all use these platforms to build each other up and not tear each other down.”

https://youtu.be/Jga4RMRVqNU

A female student at Hardin Simmons University in Texas, a Christian school, was subjected to disciplinary measures after making some TikTok videos about Black Lives Matter.

The school president recently explained in a video that she is no longer enrolled at the university.

We can’t share the student’s videos because they have been scrubbed from social media, but she basically questioned why an emphasis is placed on certain crimes based on the race of the people involved.

Sarah Taylor writes at The Blaze:

Christian college student questions BLM in viral video. Now college says she’s no longer enrolled — after a ‘disciplinary process.’

A young woman is no longer enrolled at a Christian college after she went viral for a video in which she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

After she reportedly endured a “disciplinary process,” the school says she no longer attends the university.

What are the details?

According to Campus Reform, Ashleigh Brock — a former student at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas — created several TikTok videos in which she reportedly questioned the validity of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In one video, the outlet notes, Brock argued that there is way more outrage when a white person kills a black person than when a black person kills a white person — or even when a black person kills a fellow black person.

In another video, Brock reportedly insists that “all lives matter” — not just black lives.

“Do black lives matter?” she allegedly can be heard asking. “Yes, of course. Do white lives matter? Yes, of course. But I’m not gonna sit here and put each one in a group saying this race matters.”

McKenna Dallmeyer of Campus Reform documented a since-deleted tweet from a user targeting the student for her wrongthink, which read:

This is Ashleigh Brock, she goes to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene,Tx. There needs to be serious consequences for these actions (in actions I mean racism). Not only has she done it one time but she’s done it multiple times! #ashleighbrockisracist

In the video below, Hardin Simmons University President Eric Bruntmyer explains the school’s response to this.

Transcript via Campus Reform:

“As citizens, we have certain rights of freedom of speech in public forums, like many of the social media platforms. However, within the HSU community, that right is always linked with a responsibility as Christians, as well as an inherent responsibility in the consequences of our words and our actions,” Bruntmyer stated in reference to Brock’s posts.

“Social media can be a powerful tool. Used in the wrong way, it can have detrimental consequences, Bruntmyer continued. “The views we express on social media should reflect the values and beliefs we uphold as followers of Christ. We must all use these platforms to build each other up and not tear each other down.”

“As Christians, we are called to love one another as Christ first loved us. We must hold one another accountable to this standard. Hate speech or racist comments are completely unacceptable. We do not want to condone behavior that questions people’s worth, their value, their dignity, or their equality,” Bruntmyer said.

If I had children who were near entering college or already enrolled, I would strongly encourage them to avoid all social media platforms until they graduate.

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Avoiding social media only helps a little. There could be an overheard conversation or anything else containing some wrongthink. Or perhaps a racist gesture or Hawaiian shirt, or some other symbol that is currently not racist will instantly become racist at some future point.

Looking up in The Bible, where does it say that it pleases the Lord to separate people by the color of their skins, or that it is rightful to give more value to lives of any specific race …

… searching …
… searching …

… Nope. Can’t find it.

    alaskabob in reply to Exiliado. | July 4, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    End Times…. I have wondered (hoped) that the USA was so diminished that it would not turn on Israel if the USA collapsed/Tribulation. Seeing these times…. In Biblical terms…I shudder.

    Kevin in reply to Exiliado. | July 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    The president of this “university” should be fired for even thinking of disciplining this child. Nothing she said was in the least racist. This type of thing is happening every day, with the Democrats inciting and encouraging it. Remember in November. A vote for liberals is a vote for anarchy.

      Finrod in reply to Kevin. | July 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Everyone in the whole university that was part of “disciplining” this poor woman needs to be fired. Out of a cannon. Into a brick wall.

      Otherwise every student that considers themselves to be a Christian should find another University to attend.

    Firewatch in reply to Exiliado. | July 4, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    It’s probably in there near the one about not dancing and only drinking from square bottles. The Baptist Passages if you don’t have them marked.

    It does.

    Read the Book of Bruntmyer. Then crack him over the head with it.

It’s unfortunate that a Christian college such as Hardin Simmons University is enforcing strict Political Correctness. A good college should back up its students’ right to express opinions other than those approved by the Mob. The take-home message is to avoid Hardin Simmons University.

“If I had children who were near entering college or already enrolled, I would strongly encourage them to avoid all social media platforms until they graduate.”

I do have one, and we regularly discuss being careful what one says. It is difficult, because the one “political” issue about which she is passionate is freedom of speech (she is also ardently pro-life, but that transcends politics, in our view.) I hate like [email protected] having to tell my 17-year-old that she should just keep her head down and her mouth shut, but that is what I tell her. She is young and has a long life ahead of her, God willing; I am not about to advocate that she compromise her future for the cause. I also will be sitting her down and giving her “the Talk,” the politically incorrect version which got John Derbyshire expelled from polite conservatism (and which I bookmarked as too true to be allowed) in 2012. We live in a mad, mad world.

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“If I had children who were near entering college or already enrolled, I would strongly encourage them to avoid all social media platforms until they graduate.”

Good idea. It might be easier to insist on having them avoid discussing on social media any topic that even MIGHT lead them to write something that blows up their lives and careers. (Of, course, any topic has that potential.)

But there’s another aspect to educating these kids: Make sure they understand that to avoid social media for that reason amounts to buying in to a form of self-censorship or of being silenced, and that ultimately, they need to buy in to some form of pushback against the mob lest the whole world become full Orwell.

LukeHandCool | July 4, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Can someone please tell me what is un-Christian to say “all lives matter”?

    Conservative Beaner in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    You would think a Christian College would stand up for free speech but all we see is just another spineless “woke” piece of garbage hiding behind Christianity.

    There’s a lesson in John 6 that escapes many modern Christians.

    Jesus tells people that his flesh is real food and his blood is real drink – to which most it says “took offense” and left him. Clearly offense is in the ears of the hearer, not in the mouth of the speaker. If Jesus had let the potential for offense influence what He said, then He’d have made truth subject to fear.

    The lesson would seem to be that we choose whether to “take up” offense against one another or exercise self restraint and grace, so as not to let an uncomfortable truth divide us or terminate relationships.

    All lives matter is THE truth. It says so right in John 3:16 … you know that whole “so loved the world” thing. The school president just carried out the work of antichrist. What a damnable fool he is.

    This a question that even needs to be asked??

    VaGentleman in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Someone needs to ask him for a list of all the lives that don’t matter.

    randian in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 5, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Nothing, but Christian churches are one of the institutions progressives have specifically targeted in their “long march through the institutions”. Many of them are mere conduits for progressive dogma.

I have avoided social media platforms since they started.

They are silly, childish, and the world doesn’t need to know every little or stupid thing I think.

As for anything smart that I might have to say, I should be capitalizing on it, not giving it away for free.

” He who is without guilt throw the first stone”.

The hallmark of the Left is no forgiveness and no redemption. So now the “hate the sin, but love the sinner”….is “hate the sinner if PC” at this school?

In the Soviet Union and China….there were/are government approved churches. I guess this school is applying for BLM approval.

I can’t believe we are putting up with a purported Chinese Cultural Revolution on our soil. Apparently a lot of black voters can’t, either.

DJT’s policies did so much to rectify the damage from the prior administration, that the Party has completely lost its mind.

    Colonel Travis in reply to Valerie. | July 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I can’t believe it, either. All lives matter = racist?
    I mean geez…. We are so screwed.

      CorkyAgain in reply to Colonel Travis. | July 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      The thinking seems to be that “All lives matter”, like “It’s OK to be White” is a racist dog-whistle.

      Because, in their paranoia, these people are always ready to jump to the conclusion that there’s dog-whistling going on.

      Just the other day some guy with his arm hanging out the window of his truck was cracking his knuckles and it got interpreted as a racist hand signal.

      These people are nuts.

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to CorkyAgain. | July 4, 2020 at 8:53 pm

        “The thinking seems to be that “All lives matter”, like “It’s OK to be White” is a racist dog-whistle.”

        No, it’s because all live do not matter.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | July 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

          People make their lives matter more by being honest, by studying diligently, being productive. Those lives matter more, criminal lives matter less. All lives have a niche to fit into society, based on their innate capabilities and their willingness to work to achieve their potential.

          What the current situation is about are losers who want benefits without doing anything to earn them.

          All that matters is the destruction of the country. Something the media, academia, sports teams, pampered suburban snowflake 20 somethings are all in favor of and work daily to encourage.
          Normal Americans need to wake up and speak up. Viewing everything in the world by “color category” is the problem, not the solution.

      GatorGuy in reply to Colonel Travis. | July 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      The current intellectual fashion and prevailing spirit of the time:

      Intentional disregard of clear and easy, logically derived, common-sensical fact — a/k/a ignorance. It happens now and then.

      So, Nietzsche was mainly right when he said, sometimes “the world wants to be deceived”.

      It’s

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Valerie. | July 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Trump Speech Focuses On Defeating

    Leftist ‘Cultural Revolution’

    https://youtu.be/x5lh5oUCWTs

    Weazil Zippers

Isn’t Hardin Simmons a feeder for the public education system?

Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.

— Antonio Gramsci Italian Marxist 1891-1937

Dusty Pitts | July 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

I’d strongly advise against attending that school, on the grounds that a college calling itself Christian should behave in a Christian manner.

The whole point of Jesus’ life and suffering was to emphasize forgiveness and individual responsibility. Collective guilt and guilt-by-association were Old Testament values He explicitly challenged.

    ultraskeptic in reply to Dusty Pitts. | July 6, 2020 at 8:59 am

    You’d be completely correct were it not for the history of Jesus’ followers. Two millennia of virtually unremitting religious war and religiously-justified secular strife suggest that perhaps His followers aren’t very good at observing the teachings He offered them. So why should this school be any better?

freespeechfanatic | July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Aside from GOP politicians, is there a more pusillanimous class of people today than college presidents?

Without knowing the details of her leaving, I would hope that she is considering Legal action.

Sometimes Providence intervenes on your behalf to remove you from a toxic environment. Simple stating your opinion may seem innocuous at the time but can set in motion events that ultimately work for benefit. Shake the dust off of your feet and move on.

What did she say that wasn’t the truth? Now Christian Colleges are run by the woke?

caseoftheblues | July 4, 2020 at 1:47 pm

How many more times do we need to hear or read a statement by an organization saying they support freedom of speech right before they take action against someone proving they absolutely do not and are in fact fascists.

“we uphold as followers of Christ…”

Bruntmyer: you are full of shit.

amatuerwrangler | July 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

This lady should go immediately to a trade school and learn to be an electrician. She will learn lots of physics and electric theory and have a head start on being financially self-sufficient when her former classmates are just beginning to contemplate their debt… It will take them 10 years to catch up to her.

    First, she should go to attorney Lin Wood’s office to file a lawsuit.

    She won’t need a job, she’ll be set for life.

      amatuerwrangler in reply to TheFineReport.com. | July 5, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      From where I sit, I don’t see sitting on my tusch spending the fruits of a lawsuit a very productive or rewarding life. Maybe I have had to work too many crappy jobs in the past before I found a career. I look back at those jobs favorably for the things I learned there and the things we built doing them. Its been 50 years and I am still benefiting from them.

      Read some Frederick Douglass; he speaks on working at a job of your choice and keeping the fruits of that labor to your own use.

Michael Johnson | July 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm

“If I had children who were near entering college or already enrolled, I would strongly encourage them to avoid all social media platforms until they graduate.”

I have a different take. Don’t go to school run by people who buy into such BS. I would gladly pay more to go to a school that would stand up to marxist bullies. Feel free to ask them that, and ask for evidence that they do so.

Some, select, Black Lives Matter is Pro-Choice religious doctrine under the Progressive Church.

The views we express on social media should reflect the values and beliefs we uphold as followers of Christ.

#BLM Baby Lives Matter, or, alternatively, #ALM All Lives Matter

#HateLovesAbortion

I’ve seen some stupid christians and some wimpy ones, but this college takes the cake.

Comanche Voter | July 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Hardin Simmons is a private four year college in Abilene Texas. It’s affiliated with the Baptist Church—in a long career at law the single meanest least forgiving client I ever counseld was a hard shell Texas Southern Baptist—compassion and forgiveness for those he thought had done wrong was just not in his soul. Probably a graduate of Hardin Simmons.

They talk Christian forgiveness–but shovel politically correct bull dust. I would never send a child to Hardin Simmons.

Ohio Historian | July 4, 2020 at 5:47 pm

What did the student say that showed no respect for the humanity of his opponent? I have only heard that the person opposed BLM. If that is the statement,then the administrator should be made so sign a statement that he favors late-term abortion and destruction of the family, because those are what BLM also stands for. They have hijacked a phrase like Democrats did when they gave us the “Affordable Care Act” or when they gave us the North American Free Trade Agreement that was anything but.

Having been away form this particular post, I’ve thought more about my comments, I want to double-down on them.

Eric Bruntmyer is a moron, a hypocrite and has no business working in a Christian school. Tonight should be his last supper at this school.

Let me triple-down: he’s f*****g moron.

Maybe the comments the student made are more explicit than we are able to view. I would hope so for an expulsion.

Otherwise, if all we are talking about is the MSM attention regarding more emphasis for white on black crime and simple opposition to the BLM movement then the university is going to have a problem.

The phrase BLM isn’t an issue. Of course black lives matter. The Marxist origins and anarchist philosophy of the BLM movement are the problem. It is honest and fair to be able to separate the two.

If we are at the point where an orthodoxy is going to be imposed in every endeavor the folks attempting to impose their orthodoxy had better be prepared for the pushback. That pushback might just include some of the violence that they themselves are using to intimidate people and institutions into compliance. We will all reap what we sow.

Once again these anarchists are seemingly unaware that if they succeed in getting rid of Locke we will be left with Hobbs. They made this choice not us.

    Barry in reply to CommoChief. | July 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    “Maybe the comments…”

    More likely, maybe not. This is a common theme among so called “Christian” schools and churches. Do not forget the churches are all for illegals, because the government pays them and they willingly take the money.

      bw222 in reply to Barry. | July 5, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Like most so-called Catholic universities, the primary religion at Hardin-Simmons is political correctness.

    “Maybe the comments the student made are more explicit than we are able to view…”

    WHAT could this woman have said that blm psychos running around campuses have not??

The phrase BLM isn’t an issue. Of course black lives matter.

Most of us see “Black lives matter” as something that logically follows from “All lives matter.” I.e., it’s a specific example of a universal statement.

But the radical movement called BLM begins its reasoning with the particular and never quite rises to the level of the universal.

The HSU president sounds EXACTLY like the president of any college or university in the country. What Ashleigh said wasn’t racist, but it did question the currently in vogue groupthink of the hard left. I can only then surmise that HSU’s president approves of that message and kneels before the BLM crowd.

Never allow yourself to be a subordinate of such thinkers.

If you are- be emotionally prepared to sever that relationship in an instant.

When I worked at a tech company- which I’ve since departed, I refused to keep anything personal in my office. I would bring in anything that I couldn’t fit in a back pack at the end of the day to leave and not come back. In hindsight I should have filled my office with all kinds of junk furniture and random garbage for them to clean up and store after I quit.

Again, since we’ve been here before, where’s the HSU Board on this?

If they’re truly Christian and spiritually of a piece with the school’s claimed mission,* Bruntmyer could be toast.

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* “The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.”

Neither thorough and informative, nor deep in the least. I read essentially “dedicated” — IOW, at least we’ll try to achieve, although actual achievement is probably secondary; it’s the effort (read: getting the participation trophy) that seems to count above all.

https://www.hsutx.edu/about-hsu/

Terry Crews fears are being realized. Black Lives Matter is/has transformed into Black Lives Better.

A must read and see, featuring a highly expert, (former NFL-AFC ProBowler and current FOX-Sports-1-employed) star-witness — part of the groundswell finally taking place, leading very possibly, I couldn’t be happier, to the eventual federal prosecution of BLM, the racketeering, brutal, FEC-rule-violating business:

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/07/04/marcellus-wiley/

Eric Bruntmyer, You’ll soon be cleaning out your desk at HSU, I reckon. And find Jesus, if you can.

Ashleigh Brock, By your recent words alone, you did — by your Lord and school, by your integrity and soul, family and nation — a tremendous amount of courageous, vitally needed good. We’re with you, and proud to follow your great lead!

“The views we express on social media should reflect the values and beliefs we uphold as followers of Christ.”

Actually Jesus is well known to have insisted that ALL lives matter: that bit about “love your neighbor as yourself [even if he is a Samaritan].”

The president of a Christian university really ought to know that.

    Longplay in reply to AlecRawls. | July 6, 2020 at 8:43 am

    And Christ did not mince words when calling out those influenced by those in service to evil. He certainly was not inoffensive. In fact, His person was an offense to the world.

Hardin-Simmons is Christian much like DePaul and Georgetown are Catholic – not at all.

She’s out of a second-rate school, located in Abilene – the problem is? Sometimes God works in mysterious ways.

Hardin-Simmons’ tuition is $30k annually and with an 84% acceptance rate, it’s hardly an elite or even mediocre college.

Truth, and even forgiveness, aren’t in evidence at this “Christian” college. We are seeing this more and more, Christians and Christina institutions, caving to and feeding the narrative of, the left.

    ultraskeptic in reply to Longplay. | July 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Come on – when have Christians ever observed that morality to which they claim to be sincerely attached? Endless wars between Christian nations, unremitting hostility within populations, lynchings, stabbings, duels, robberies, slanders… everything they supposedly stand for violated ever since the Crucifixion which was supposed to mark a redemption of mankind… and now I can’t even say that last word without being pummeled for my purported “sexism”. Ignorance is us. Homo Unsapiens.

      VaGentleman in reply to ultraskeptic. | July 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      On July 6, ultraskeptic wrote: “Thank G-d I’m an atheist.”

      I guess it would be impolite to point out that the greatest killers of the 20th century were Stalin, Mao, PolPot, HItler, Castro, etc- all of who were atheists. Communist, a violently atheist political philosophy, replaced the cross with the AK-47 and used it to ‘pacify’ large parts of the world. They justified such extremes with language that sounds strikingly like that used by earlier Christian nations to justify religious wars. (Also used by Islamic nations to justify their actions.) Even our home grown progressive socialists use them to justify the violence we are now experiencing. However, I am not aware of a Christian faith that still believes those arguments to be true, and I’m not aware of an atheist (communist) nation or socialist movement that doesn’t believe them to be true.

      Voltaire said that “if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”. Consider this: Atheism is the ultimate form of hedonism; you become the judge of your own morality. Of that claim, I’m a skeptic.

ultraskeptic | July 6, 2020 at 8:48 am

Thank G-d I’m an atheist.

Shorter translation of Bruntmeyer: “We are a college dedicated to the proposition of free speech, and the principle that the vigorous exchange of all ideas, even hateful ones like Marxism, is beneficial — so we’re silencing you. And as an institution dedicated to education, to the imparting of knowledge so one’s future words and actions can be guided by accumulated wisdom and trained judgment — we’re making sure we provide you with neither. So, in fulfillment of our commitment to Christian values, we’re expelling you. It’s one thing to consort with publicans and prostitutes; it’s quite another to tolerate a free thinker in our midst.”

From what has been reported I interpret what Ashleigh Brock was saying as pointing out selectively Politically Correct racism rather than being racist comments.

Let’s assume I am wrong about that.

Then what I see is legalism posing as Christianity. What ever happened to; “Go and sin no more!”?

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