Dr. Bradley Lopez taught a health sciences class at Fresno City College. Students recently complained that Lopez was using the Bible as a textbook, citing it to explain global warming and to rebuff homosexuality. Lopez claimed homosexuality is a mental disease and that homosexuals should have to undergo psychotherapy.
Lopez assigned readings from the Bible as homework, read the Bible out-loud, and used “the Bible as an authority in the assigned subject matter,” according a report issued by the Vice President of Student Services, Christopher Villa.
“Dr. Lopez engaged in conduct that could result in the creation of a hostile learning environment by unreasonably interfering with students’ learning by making insulting comments directed at homosexuals,” the report said. It also said that Dr. Lopez’s comments were “unrelated to any legitimate course objective. Instructors are not required to hide their own religious belief or non-belief, but they may not engage in religious indoctrination as Dr. Lopez did here.”