No Religious Exemptions for Christian Colleges?

admendmentIn California, the Democrat-dominated, state legislature is processing a bill (S.B. 1146) which targets  private, religious, higher education and tramples religious freedoms. It will amend a current anti-discrimination law to force all post-secondary schools and colleges to affirm and promote homosexuality and trans-sexuality in their admissions and hiring practices—including most faith-based colleges and universities.

The amendment “narrows the religious exemption afforded to these institutions and requires disclosure of such exemption.” A religious exemption is allowed only if the institution exists exclusively to prepare pastors or theological educators. Even then, such exempt institutions must also post (on campus) and publish (online and in printed materials) their alleged  discriminatory practices, presumably so potential donors, students, and their parents can be forewarned.

Students at these faith-based educational institutions will no longer be eligible to receive state-funded Cal Grants, unless and until the institution complies with the state’s new interpretation of sexual non-discrimination, as set forth in 1972’s Education Amendments of the Federal Title IX mandate.

If S.B. 1146 passes both houses of the California legislature, previously exempt faith-based institutions can no longer “discriminate” by only admitting professing believers as students, professors, or even presidents. Nor can they seek to maintain campus-wide spiritual life programs or require ethical student standards.

The “progressive,” liberal Democrats continue to try to “fundamentally transform America” by redefining the millennially-understood word “sex,” when it comes to “sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.” This anti-religious-freedom bill (SB 1146) permits homosexual and transsexual students in private, religious colleges to sue these colleges in court for upholding biblical policies on campus.

Californians, please call your state Senators TODAY and tell them to vote NO on S.B. 1146!

May God give us wisdom and hold us accountable, as we vote in November for local, state, and federal officials. Our destiny, as a nation “under God,” depends on it!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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