Recently, my colleague Eric Metaxas told you about how the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, no longer will allow student teachers from Gordon College to teach or mentor inner city students.
Why? Because Gordon's president dared to sign a letter to the President requesting that religious institutions be exempt from federal gay rights laws. The city's outrageous and shortsighted action brings more harm to its inner city students, who are now without mentors, than it does Gordon College. But the same cannot be said about the latest challenge the college is facing in fallout from the letter.
In late September, the higher education committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the body that accredits Gordon, met to consider whether Gordon's inclusion of homosexual acts as a "forbidden practice" ran afoul of the Association's standards for accreditation. Note that the Gordon statement requires all students to adhere to sexual behavior standards. There's no singling out of same-sex attracted folks, nor are there any prohibitions against admitting students with same-sex attraction. The stance has to do with sexual behavior, which falls in line with two millennia of Christian teaching. more >>
Mike Overd, a street preacher in the United Kingdom, is facing three charges of "causing offense," a violation of Section 5 of the Public Order Act for public remarks comparing Jesus Christ and the Muslim prophet Muhammad, whom he said had married a 9-year-old girl.
Overd has argued that his comments about Muhammad were not intended to be hateful, as his speech included, "a simple comparison and it was factual."
"I have no hatred of Muslims in me at all and only preach the truth of the Gospel. Recently a Muslim man came to my defense when I was preaching and a local shopkeeper started to shout at me," said Overd, who's been a street preacher for five years and has evangelised in Glasgow, Scotland, and Sheffield, Manchester and Taunton, England. more >>
Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really don't like Christian teenagers.
For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.
"I feel like they have something against me and my faith," 17-year-old John Raney told me. "I feel marginalized." more >>
This past Summer chronically angry Franky Schaeffer, the "atheist who believes in God" who's made a career of denouncing his late theologian father Francis Schaeffer, issued an "open letter" to Evangelicals imploring them to abandon their defense of religious liberty.
Opposing the Obamacare HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate and defending religious groups' ability to uphold theological and moral standards were really just "a bad set of choices they were duped into making in order to serve a purely political agenda masquerading as a 'religious liberty' issue," Schaeffer claimed. "They've been had," having been "manipulated" and "duped by neoconservative Roman Catholics and a few others, into a war where they're just cannon fodder in a larger political battle."
Evangelicals "have now become willing co belligerents of the far-right GOP leadership seeking to discredit Obama," Schaeffer explained. "That is all this 'religious liberty' shtick has really been about." For Schaeffer, and others, preventing the state from dictating moral and theological standards to religious institutions is only "shtick" over which clueless Evangelicals are politically exploited. more >>
The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that's a problem.
So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school's drama instructor ordered a student to "dumb down" the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people.
ADF attorney Travis Barham wrote a letter to the college alleging that drama instructor Jack Landry told Justin Graves he "could not support the overtly Christian show" because the Wilmington, N.C., college is a publicly-funded institution. more >>
For years now, educators have known that a confrontation was looming between secular accreditation agencies and Christian schools over the issue of homosexuality. What would these colleges and universities and seminaries do when they were told they had to revise their policies on homosexual practice?
We no longer need to speculate, as this hypothetical scenario has become reality.