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Monday, December 30, 2013

Religion and secularism

Australia is a secular state (Section 116 of the Constitution) - this means it is officially neutral regarding matters of religion.

The University of Newcastle promotes a collaborative culture and does not tolerate any behaviour that "intimidates, offends, or humiliates" anyone on the basis of their religion (amongst other characteristics).
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According to the Unviersity of Newcastle's website,
"The Dean provides information and advice to students on a range of matters including the resolution of complaints." (emphasis added)

"The Dean of Students provides an independent and balanced review of student issues."

Jennifer Allen, the current Dean of Students, promotes her religious affiliation (Luis Pulau Association - an evangelical Christan organisation) and beliefs using Youtube and the internet, as well as openly stating her position at the University.
  • She speaks on Youtube:-  "Jenny and Boyd from Newcastle, Australia, share about the day they were confronted with the reality of Jesus"  She mentions her "powerful position at the University"
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  • On the Luis Pulau Association website: "Dr. Jenny Allen, Dean of Students at the University of Newcastle, became a follower of Jesus at a Luis Palau event in 1979. 33 years later, she helped create and implement a massive initiative to reach people across the Hunter Region of Australia with the Good News. This is her story."  
  • Speaking at Luis Palau "CityFest":    "Jenny Allen, dean of students at the University of Newcastle and chair of counselor training for CityFest, said her role had everything to do with the decision she made at a crusade in 1979. “My hope and dream for this festival is that in 33 years, someone could be sitting here filming somebody else who remembers the 17th of November the same way we remember ’79,” she said in a video interview. “That they sit here because of the moment in time when they were confronted with the reality of Jesus.”
  •  Speaking at Crossover Australia - Ministry beyond the walls:- "Crossover assembled a panel of key leaders and thinkers to discuss some key missional issues facing churches. Our panel consists of ........ Jenny Allen – Dean of Students at Newcastle University......"
  •  Catch the Fire Ministries:- "Jenny Allen, dean of students at the University of Newcastle and chair of counselor training for CityFest, said her role had everything to do with the decision she made at a crusade in 1979."
  •  and more  http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=10798
  • and more http://www.mcf-a.org.au/index.php/news-events/59-williamtown-outreach
  • and more http://ausprayernet.org.au/newsletter/DisplayNewsletter.php?e_id=00000002531
Are these two roles (evangelical Christian and independent Dean of students) compatible?

Does the University of Newcastle condone her using her position at the University in these evangelical fora?

14 comments:

  1. Pretty elaborate way to get out of sleeping with your boyfriend ;-)

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  2. I think she is a member of a cult. A dangerous one at that. Radical theological groups are also havens for peverse logic and skewed morality.

    I would be far more convinced of her religion and morals if it wasn't a constant reference point for her. Yet she mentions it over and over again which makes me think she was brainwashed.

    Generally people who keep referencing a single event over 30 years ago are dealing with severe trauma, not revelation.

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  3. Her personal recollection of the conversion/trauma is made in tbe company of a supportive partner. She is trying to come to terms with her loss of individual cognition.

    This compromised individual I believe was chosen by the University as a patsy to carry out their evil agenda. If there is bullying and mobbing she would be the last to notice.

    She is already a victim.

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  4. Here is all the evidence you need about Jennifer Allen's conduct towards students.

    http://nusa.org.au/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=62&jsn_setmobile=yes

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  5. : Jennifer Allen Satanic

    Boyd and Jennifer Allen used to use drugs and use Satanic rituals like ouija boards before almost fatally killing eachother in a car accident. Then came the conversion.

    Here is the story on the official Luis Palau website.

    http://legacy.palau.org/news/story/step_aside_satan_367

    Oh my God she actually is brainwashed, is easily led and has had a commune with dire evil.


    My observations come from her
    certain chemical addictions plus a proven record of hysteria and desire to be hypnotised. She converted to Christianity in 25 minutes.

    I feel sorry for her. She is so far gone she cannot be accountable for her actions.

    She is a University puppet, and well chosen as well.


    As for me I hope she stays the hell away from me or anyone I care about.

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  6. : Jennifer Allen Satanic

    Boyd and Jennifer Allen used to use drugs and use Satanic rituals like ouija boards before almost fatally killing eachother in a car accident. Then came the conversion.

    Here is the story on the official Luis Palau website.

    http://legacy.palau.org/news/story/step_aside_satan_367

    Oh my God she actually is brainwashed, is easily led and has had a commune with dire evil.


    My observations come from her
    certain chemical addictions plus a proven record of hysteria and desire to be hypnotised. She converted to Christianity in 25 minutes.

    I feel sorry for her. She is so far gone she cannot be accountable for her actions.

    She is a University puppet, and well chosen as well.


    As for me I hope she stays the hell away from me or anyone I care about.

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  7. People should always be held accountable for their actions.

    When I was in her office, crying, she told me that she should have stocks in Kleenex because she had that many students in tears in there.

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    1. the ex- Dean of Students including Frank told us, students from Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, the similar way and stories that I had many students come to me and made complaints ....; however, they turned around and told the public that there was complaint in this school or faculty...

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  8. The dangers of the ouija board.

    From website below

    It should be clear by now the Ouija board is a potentially very dangerous instrument indeed, especially for those who do not understand its fullest implications. Dr. Carl Wickland, an American psychiatrist, wrote his classic work on mental illness “Thirty Years Among the Dead” in 1924, within which he warns:

    “The serious problem of alienation and mental derangement attending ignorant psychic experiments was first bought to my attention by cases of several persons whose seemingly harmless activities with automatic writing and the Ouija board resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated. Many other disastrous results which followed the use of the supposedly innocent Ouija board came to my notice, and my observations led me into research in psychic phenomena for a possible explanation of these strange occurrences”.



    http://www.ourultimatereality.com/the-ouija-board-and-its-hidden-dangers.html

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  9. I actually found that she was really great when I was at my wits end. I met with her and she helped me out of what seemed like an impossible situation for me as a student to face.

    I didn't even realise that she had any religious affiliation. She seemed really professional in my opinion.

    I feel that the comments (and even this article) cross the boundary into witch hunt and what I personally would consider bullying because of her religion (and I'm an atheist)

    I am very disappointed with the flavour and content of this site.

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    1. Our case is only as strong as the bullies we protest against.

      I am very glad the system works sometimes. This blog is devoted to people the system unjustly failed them.

      My comments are not to provoke hatred but rather to open a discussion of University policy. A robust academic discussion.

      Jennifer Allen is a very capable human being,

      In an academic institution one must carefully examine the facts and evidence surrounding a case.

      For instance, what if the argument we have put forward is valid?

      People are at risk of bullying at UoN, that is a fact. Some religious practices are dangerous, also a fact. Drug use affects long term cognition, a fact also.

      Why does a high ranking university staff member so freely admit to using a ouija board and drug use in the past and have no qualms with its publication?

      How well does it sit with everyone else that people are being harmed at the University and while we did nothing?

      I believe there is a God, the same one that Jennifer Allen believes in. I am not able to honour that God if I see injustice and don't act to correct it.

      My opinion of her means nothing in an academic circle.

      The facts remain solid.

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    2. I agree that no-one should ever be discriminated against on the basis of their religion (or any other characteristic). However, Jennifer Allen is blurring the lines between her private and public life. Is she acting as a representative of the University in her evangelical activities and writing? If she is, then what is the University's agenda in this? I would presume that she is not representing the University. If so, identifying herself as an employee of the University is surely not appropriate - in whatever arena (e.g. political, religious, etc).. Hopefully she carries the values of her religion into her work - she has a huge opportunity to use her values and standards proactively on behalf of the students.

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    3. This is why I am cautious about her decision making abilities regarding student welfare. The lack of professional boundaries are a huge warning sign.

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    4. ..not to mention the fact she was heavily into satanic ritual, a fact she seems most proud of on her website.

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