The True Story Behind Pensacola Christian College Terminating Peaceful Protester: The Big Picture.

Today news dropped that Allen Armentrout, the peaceful protester who stood in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park has been terminated from Penscola Christian College’s enrollment which has caused quite the uproar. By all accounts backed up by video evidence Allen’s protest was indeed peaceful. He didn’t say a word, didn’t make any inappropriate or violent gestures. He stood silently and saluted the statue. This behavior was in sharp contrast to the mob around him who got in his face, swore at him, flashed vulgar gestures at him and chanted “Terrorist go home.” Allen was later led away by a police escort.

Today when he was terminated from PCC all of the fingers were pointed at the school.

“How could they do this?”

“This was the stupidest thing they’ve done.”

“My blood is boiling.”

Naturally it makes sense to be upset. A school terminating someone for exercising a constitutional right seems to be unfair and downright outrageous.

But there is far more to this story than meets the eye.

First and foremost it’s vital to understand that Allen Armentrout is not the sacrificial lamb that many would have you to believe. During his time at PCC, Allen made it clear that he was very much against the school and their stances on moral issues and student conduct. He regularly used his platform on social media to bash and disparage the decisions made by the institution and made it a concentrated effort to mock and sow discord among PCC’s student body. He even referred to PCC’s faculty as “dumb” if I remember correctly.  There was no question about it–Allen Armentrout was as anti-PCC as they come.

The next thing that is important to understand is that PCC is very concerned about its image. From the church services to the conduct expected from its students in all areas of private and public life PCC protects its image and standards with incredible resoluteness, taking the principle of “living beyond reproach” to the fullest letter of the law. Students are not allow to assemble with the intention of peaceably protesting a standard or rule–they’re not even allowed to sign petitions. This was actually one of Allen’s main talking points in his diatribes.

So here’s the big picture:

During his stay Allen made it very clear that he was against the school and what it stood for. He was warned against using student led social media groups like PCC-bay or the PCC Discussion Page as a platform for his disagreements and disrespect yet he continued.

After his peaceable protest in Charlottesville he gained an even larger social media platform and given his history of bashing the school that was just not a risk that PCC was willing to take. The whole country was now watching Allen which means eventually their vision would fall directly on Pensacola Christian College. And given its concern about its overall image, if there’s any individual that PCC doesn’t want you to associate with them it’s Allen Armentrout. .

Why am I writing this article? Because once again people are angry at an institution and the stances it takes when once again the full story is not known. PCC’s decision is being treated as a knee-jerk reaction when in fact the stirring of the pot was occurring long before this choice had to be made.

Was Allen’s protest wrong? Of course not. It’s his constitutional right. But Allen dug this hole all by himself–and it wasn’t in Charlottesville that this hole was dug, but on the very campus of Pensacola Christian College itself.

EDIT: I’ve received a lot of questions since the original posting of this article. I answered some of the main questions and accusations in a follow up article which you can read by following this link.

48 comments

  1. Nothing you wrote is a good reason to expel Mr. Armentrout. If the school didn’t want him on campus for the reasons you outlined, they should have expelled him for those reasons. Now they look unbelievably inept.

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    1. Sure it was the rules of the school are the rules is like football baseball or any other thing in life a job rules are the rules and he knew these rules.

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      1. A “rule of the school” is free speech is not allowed? A school cannot demand you give up an inalienable right to attend. And, if that school gets 1 penny in federal or state taxdollars, it cannot demand a student give up any rights to attend.

        His criticism of a “rule” that suggested that peaceable protesting is forbidden is just and valid, and he should sue the living crap out of that school and pray to God that the school’s lawyers use the same small-minded justifications as the writer of this article did. He’ll be so rich, he won’t need an education to live a full life.

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  2. I strongly disagree. I was a former student there and left due to the stupidity of the faculty, one individual in particular that has been there for too long. There should be a forced retirement on this individual. They showed no care for me as an employee or student. I had to fix their mistakes too many times to remember and be blamed for situations I had no control over. The school will always have a bad reputation and image in my families eyes. I will never recommend anybody to that school. Also, this year a faculty member left his wife and kids and ran away with a student. So don’t you dare say this school should be praised.

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    1. Please clarify your statement concerning the faculty remember. Unless you have first-hand knowledge of this situation, you are gossiping which is a sin!

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      1. Gossip is a little more strict than that. Unless the person you are telling is part of the problem or part of the solution, then it is gossip. That pretty much rules out everyone except the people involved.

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  3. Yet this still doesn’t compare to the fact that one of their faculty members left their wife for a student..but lets blow this story about Allen out of proportion

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    1. Blame the faculty member, not the school for that. I’m sure PCC does not endorse nor retain the services of that faculty member.

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  4. Thanks for shedding a different light on this story that is being reported in a very one sided manner. In getting the twenty thousand foot areal view it is important to look at all facts from all sides.

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  5. PCC should have predicted this backlash. Whatever bad PR he would have brought to the school with his increased platform, it is nothing compared to the bad PR they are getting from cutting him lose. I hope the bad PR will force them to take him back.

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  6. I attended PCC in ’95 – ’98 and I still have nightmares of being ostracized and belittled. I had to leave due to my family going through some significant issues and because I had made arrangements to go home, during the summer, I was told I was out of the will of God and would not be welcome back.
    When you are there, it’s easy to follow the crowd and what everyone else is doing. But when you take a step back and observe the legalism it’s appalling.
    I know so many couples that have ended in divorce because they rushed into it as it was expected that they marry. They even had a chapel on campus for such an occasion.
    I’m glad I have my strong faith in God and know that man cannot determine what makes a Christian “good”. We all have to answer to God for our actions and spiritual intent. We are responsible for our own souls and only ours.
    I’m glad I went there. It taught me how not to live. I’m closer to God than I have ever been. In front of mankind and behind closed doors.

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  7. Why is there an uproar about this? PCC is a private institution. They asked this guy to follow the rules of the college and he refused. They have every right to ask him to leave.

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    1. He is not under their rules when he is not at the school during the summer. None whatsoever. They didn’t ask, they told. The only way they were able to do so is because they have very good lawyers and paperwork, along with plenty of money, that legally allow them to do whatever they want.

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  8. Not one reason in the article merits his expulsion from the school. I went to PCC for two years and understand exactly how it is. If they would have terminated his scholarship because of things he said in the past, then they would have done it then. How convenient of them to expel him right before receiving that fourth year free… hmmm. Silly article.

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  9. He was warned before. This isn’t the first time he’s made the news for this topic. This past semester, he spent an entire Saturday waving the Confederate flag on the bridge above a major highway here in Pensacola. He has always tried to incite anger and PCC gave him enough warnings.

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    1. Warned? Are you kidding? And there is something wrong with peacefully waving the Confederate Battle Flag? This revelation just adds fuel to the fire of those who are angry about his dismissal.

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    2. You sound like a person who has a personal vendetta against him. So much bitterness. Why? Because he stood up for a cause- what he believes is right. And you don’t even give your name on a comment? Even though it’s obvious you’re the writer. Why would you write such an “article”? How can you justify the hate and bitterness you have towards this boy? How is this even your business? You should be ashamed of yourself.

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    3. So what? How did he bother you that he was flying a flag? From the video we can all see how he was peacefully protesting. It’s easier to believe him by the deeds he showed than a pathetic excuse made up like your comment. Grow up, enter the real world. I understand PCC acts like the students are children that need to be scolded – but don’t embarrass yourself by writing such patheticly immature comments for the world to see.

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    4. Incite Anger? Yeah like the mob of people surrounding him yelling and flipping him off while he stands there silent……and he is the one inciting anger……. you are a special kind of stupid aren’t you?

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  10. I graduated from PCC a year ago and yes there are very high standards, however the students agree to abide by those standards. It’s a private institution and they give students a very clear standard of what is allowed and what is not. If a student cannot abide by their standards it’s not wrong at all for the college to dismiss a student. I think people forget it’s a choice to attend and abide by PCC standards.

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  11. All I see from this post is a writer who has bitterness towards a man that holds respect for one of his heros. How long did it take you to come up with this story, Austin? How can you justify your gossip? What is your benefit/ pay from slandering someone’s name when it has nothing to do with you? And you have the odacity to write this pathetic article and share it on the internet? This just shows your lack of character, lack of professionalism. You’re not a writer, you’re a fool.

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    1. As a private institution you indeed have the right to expel people for whatever reason you deem worthy.
      But you don’t get to dodge the horrible PR from doing so. You may not agree with what this young man believes, as I may not see the wisdom in everything he has said or done. But again, it looks pretty weak from a PR standpoint to wait until this young man has paid his portion,his senior year, to see his admission revoked as it becomes the schools obligation to fund his education. This was via his remarks as I know nothing outside of these articles.
      No matter his past, his expulsion will not save you from the left. They are insatiable. And now many on the right will see you as cowardly.
      Good luck with this, you are gonna need it.

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  12. There is one thing in this article that I can agree with wholeheartedly. The reason PCC expelled this young patriot is they were concerned about their image…not Christ’s.

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      1. Do you mean the one he had with the cross on it? Do you need me to explain that or just the concept of honor?

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  13. This has always been PCC’s problem, namely, the abolishment of students’ constitutional rights. In this case its the first amendment but the second isn’t allowed either. The list goes on. I challenge readers out there to reconsider the 4-year college model altogether. For example, get into the trades and keep your constitutional rights. You’ll end up making a great living once you become journeyman, which doesn’t take that long. This means you don’t have to worry about working at Starbucks earning minimum wage after you have your expensive 4 year degree! This perspective is brought to you by a PCC grad. Cheers

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  14. After reading the article and many of the comments, I am not surprised about the rumors of sin and inappropriaty within PCC. I have generally found that any organization that is more concerned with it’s standards and public image is generally neglecting it’s image before God.
    All organizations must have standards to be able to function but if those standards do not have a teaching purpose or promote good order or discipline then they should be questioned.

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  15. The writer sounds like a propagandist for the school, trying to push an agenda of fascism to quell his right to free speech and lawful peaceful assembly while not on school property or even while school is in session, which is when his contract would be active. If he did so much against the school policy and there “laws of morality”, they should have let him go then. Not when it was their turn to pay. It is much like when you go out with friends and have an agreement to swap paying and then it comes to that one friends, we all have one or two of them, time to pay they can go for no better reason than they have to babysit the neighbors kids friends cousin who has a Freire that works at a vet that knows a guy who’s sister needs her upstairs neighbors cat.

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  16. The writer sounds like a propagandist for the school, trying to push an agenda of fascism to quell his right to free speech and lawful peaceful assembly while not on school property or even while school is in session, which is when his contract would be active. If he did so much against the school policy and there “laws of morality”, they should have let him go then. Not when it was their turn to pay. It is much like when you go out with friends and have an agreement to swap paying and then it comes to that one friends, we all have one or two of them, time to pay they can go for no better reason than they have to babysit the neighbors kids friends cousin who has a friend that works at a vet that knows a guy who’s sister needs her upstairs neighbors cat watched only during the outing time.

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  17. PCC, I would ask him to come back and pay for his last year of school as was the original agreement. If you wanted him gone for him not following the rules that should have been done much sooner than now, not after he took it took a a stand for what is what he believed is right. He, at least did it appropriately.

    PCC I would encourage you to take him back and take this as a learning experience for the school, the individual, and for the student body as well.

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    1. “So if your
      A student at this “INSTITUTION”? YOU HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL
      RIGHTS ? SUE THEM”

      Bill… he’s not being arrested he’s being kicked out of a school. Yeah he has the constitutional right to do it, and the private institution has a constitutional right to kick him out.

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  18. A flag is not hate….first…
    Not everyone that carries this flag is a white supremacists.. second
    Just because you stand behind this flag doesn’t make you a racist…. third
    Break your bondages of slavery …fourth
    Surrender to Jesus…. fifth…

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  19. Good article. It spelled out the true cause for this young man being expelled from school . However you defeated your own argument, he was kicked for exercising his Free speech rights.

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  20. Yeah sounds like PCC. I went there for a year and was treating like crap. And I received a lot of credits that transferred to nowhere. The poor guy is better of not being there. All they do is keep up a fake image and do not really care about their students. But threat their fake faculty like royalty or something.

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