ANGWIN, Calif. — Administrators at Pacific Union College have invited anyone in possession of PUC yearbooks from the 1989/1990 and 1990/1991 school years, to throw them on a Halloween bonfire scheduled for this Saturday night.
Administration has scheduled the event in a special effort to erase “unnecessary memories” of former Adventist pastor-turned-humanist, Ryan Bell’s days as a student at the institution. Bell was senior pastor of Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church before spending 2014 blogging about a decision to live as an atheist.
All library archive copies of yearbooks featuring Bell will be burned and event organizers are confident alumni within driving distance of Angwin can contribute enough of their own copies to build a bonfire and roast some marshmallows.
Earlier this week, Bell who transferred from PUC to Weimar College after his 1990/1991 Sophomore year at PUC, was disinvited from a lecture he was to deliver at PUC. Administration cited a need to abide by the school’s mission as the reason to disinvite the former pastor.
“We see Adventist college education as our last chance to insulate our kids from any ideas not expressed in our 28 fundamental denominational beliefs,” said PUC spokesperson, Kim Jong-un, elaborating on the rationale for the decision.
“We all know that the best way to strengthen faith is to avoid all exposure to alternate worldviews,” added Kim. “An unexamined faith is the best preparation we can give to young Seventh-day Adventists before they are released into the world.”
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