Joined: Dec. 2007
Wikipedia on Dr. Jerry Bergman, author of "Slaughter of the Dissidents": † † † †
|Dr Gerald R. "Jerry" Bergman is an American young earth creationist. He is an active supporter of the anti-cult movement (ACM). He is also known for his stance against Jehovah's Witnesses.|
|In 1992 Bergman received his Ph.D. in human biology from Columbia Pacific University, a now-defunct nonaccredited distance learning school. Columbia Pacific University lost its state approval to operate in 1995 and was ordered to close permanently in October 2000 by the State of California. A court invalidated all degrees awarded after 1997 and ordered the student fees refunded. |
|Bergman's opinions on creationism are often published by Answers In Genesis. In the 1990s he was also known for his Usenet postings to the talk.origins newsgroup. Many of his views are highly controversial, such as implying a causal relationship between Darwinism, Nazism, and the Holocaust.|
|Bergman was hired in the 1973-74 school year by Bowling Green State University. He was initially employed as an assistant professor but was reduced to the rank of instructor later for not receiving his Ph.D. as soon as he had expected. His employment was continued until 1976 when the university recommended that he receive a terminal contract for 1976-1977. Bergman's contract for 1976-77 year was changed from terminal to temporary while studying for his Ph.D at Wayne State. In 1978 Bergman was denied tenure. Bergman believed this was due to his involvement in the creation movement and his religious beliefs and subsequently filed with both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on the grounds that he had been discriminated against on the basis of religion, with both agencies ultimately ruling that he was not let go due to his religious beliefs, but because his peers voted to terminate him.|
Bergman filed suit against Bowling Green State University in federal district court in 1980, alleging that his due process rights had been violated and that he had been denied tenure on the basis of his religious views. The due process claim arose from his allegation that he never received annual written evaluations as required by the University charter. The case was dismissed in 1985. Bergman appealed but the appeal was turned down in 1987. The court ruled that the reason he was let go was because of ethics, namely that he claimed to have credentials in psychology when, in fact, he "had no psychological credentials."
|Jerry Bergman was reared by an atheist father and a religiously indifferent mother who became a follower of Jehovahís Witnesses when he was 8 years old. Some time later, he was disillusioned with all religion and followed his father into atheism. As an atheist he knew many of the leading atheists (including Gordon Stein; Garry De Young; and, Madalyn Murray O'Hair), and published scores of articles in their various journals.|
Presently, he teaches Sunday school at a Mennonite church in West Unity, Ohio, and is also a lay speaker at St. Paulís United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Ohio. Today he has an active share in publishing articles against Jehovah's Witnesses.
Let's see ... YEC, PhD from a diploma mill, hates Jehovah's Witnesses, writes for Answers in Genesis, is a Hitler-Darwin crank, fails to get a legitimate PhD, but a secular college keeps him on the payroll for four more years while he tried and failed to get one, sues that employer claiming religious discrimination, the court finds that his colleagues just couldn't stand him, sues his next academic employer claiming religious discrimination, loses the case and the appeal, "The court ruled that the reason he was let go was because of ethics, namely that he claimed to have credentials in psychology when, in fact, he 'had no psychological credentials.'"
He then writes a book on the terrible discrimination Christians face in today's academia.
This man is perfect for UD!
Like every other academic field, philosophy of religion has its share of hacks and mediocrities. Edward Feser