Obergefell is just the beginning
Last year when five unelected lawyers on the Supreme Court found a “Constitutional” right to same sex marriage in Obergefell – and changed 5000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition – the minority predicted that it would be open season on dissenters. Or as Erick Erickson’s book calls it, “You Will Be Made to Care.”
More bathroom nonsense
A year later the state of California is trying to force Christian colleges that claim religious exemptions to employment discrimination and other codes for religious reasons, and that also accept state money in the form of grants to students, to accept that their religious liberty has to take a back seat to the state’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) standards. Basically, they are telling Christian Colleges what they can and cannot teach, standards of conduct (including which bathrooms to use), etc.
Part of the militant LGBT caucus in California
Senator Ricardo Lara’s senate website states, “upon winning his election in 2012, he made history by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.” Sen. Lara authored a bill now on Governor Moon Beam’s desk waiting signature. It’s called Senate Bill 1146 (or SB1146).
What does SB1146 do?
SB1146 would have removed religious exemptions to non-seminaries and required any colleges that receive state funding, including Cal Grants (which is a significant percentage at most schools), to open up their dormitories to gender confused people (men who think they are women as roommates to women), remove traditional marriage, and other teachings and requirements that the LGBT crowd deems offensive; from curriculum’s to codes of conduct. In other words, telling Christian colleges what to teach, who to admit, and who to hire.
The sky is falling
The first time I heard of SB1146 was when all of my friends, that either went to or had kids that went to BIOLA University (Bible Institute of Los Angeles), started sending me emails panicking over SB1146. It seemed as though the sky was falling. They needed our help to call our legislators, and try to get them to stop infringing on their religious liberties.
Where have you been?
I have not heard of Biola being involved in Prop 8, which passed in California in 2008 as a Constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. I never got an email alert from Biola about it. Nor about Prop 4 requiring a parent’s notification before a minor got an abortion. Nope. No email then, either.
Now when the legislature starts gunning for them, I get all sorts of emails. I am glad they decided to get engaged in the political process, but I can’t stop thinking of that Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote, “First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
The Fox is now in charge of the hen house
The Bill’s author compromised and removed the prohibition of being able to get an exemption, but maintains the requirement to report it, post it with other notices, mail it to prospective students and potential employees, and other places. So they couldn’t actually prohibit the exemptions, and therefore were in compliance with the State’s pro LGBT laws and bathroom selections. But, the school will be reviewed by the state and be required to advertise their “discrimination” to all current and potential employees and current and potential students. So they have just let the fox guard the hen house. The proponent, Senator Lara, has already vowed to bring the removed language back next year.
You will be made to care
This is just the next round in the fight for free speech and religious liberties. The LGBT crowd, some call it the Gay Mafia, will not stop. They will keep coming back. Will Biola and other Christian colleges be back?