At On the Square, Keith Pavlischek raises the issue of Christian philosophers at schools that have been specifically named for censure by Hermes' petition to the APA. Why, asks Pavlischek, haven't more of these signed the counterpetition?
The Calvinians particularly come in for a bit of tail-pulling. Keith mentions that two of the Calvin faculty have signed (Chairman Del Ratszch and David Alexander) but particularly urges more to do so. Keith also discusses a bit the odd case of Belmont University, which rushed to reassure Hermes et. al. that there was a big mistake: Homosexual acts by Belmont faculty are evidently no problem. (To make things odder still, Charles Hermes alleges that some faculty at Belmont have assured him that even the official policy calling for students to refrain from homosexual acts is not enforced.)
Keith gives numbers of faculty at other targeted schools who have stood up to be counted. Westmont especially stands out here, as all three of their philosophy faculty have signed the counterpetition. And a number of Biola philosophy faculty from Talbot have signed, though apparently the purely undergraduate wing is lying low.
All of the signatures from faculty at the schools specifically named and at other schools to which Hermes's attack would apply are most welcome, including several from Wheaton and Azusa Pacific. But it would certainly be good to see even more philosophy faculty at the targeted schools sign the counterpetition, and Keith's prod in this direction is welcome.
Let us not forget that there are young faculty and graduate students not at such schools who have been willing to stick their necks out and sign the counterpetition. They deserve all the support they can get from their Christian brethren at schools that would be most directly affected by the Hermes policy change proposal.