the Washington post reports that a group of thirty-three current and former Christian college students are suing the Education Ministry in a class action lawsuit seeking to abolish all religious exemptions for schools that do not respect the zeitgeist current sex and gender issues sweeping the country.
Complainants argue that by sticking to Orthodox Christian teachings on sexuality, these universities are engaged in unconstitutional discrimination because of the federal funding they receive.
The lawsuit, brought by the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, is timed to coincide with the passage of the Equality Act (which I recently discussed here) in the House of Representatives and to give narrative impetus to the push for force the progressive conception of sexuality and gender on private institutions.
The director of the Religious Exemption Accountability Project is explicit that he hopes the lawsuit will ensure that there will be no religious exemptions if the equality law ends up being law.
The situation is revealing in several ways.
On the one hand, it speaks to the crusading impulse at the heart of progressive politics.
Obedience to the current line must be total and unchallenged. The schools mentioned in the lawsuit, such as Baylor, Bob Jones and Liberty, are not shy about their beliefs about sexuality and what is expected of the students who participate in it.
However, these thirty-three students still chose to attend and are now seeking to bend the schools as they see fit.
These schools are only a fraction of all institutions of higher learning in the United States, but just like the Borg, progressives demand absolute conformity and acquiescence to their ideals of “diversity” and “tolerance.”
The other important aspect of this situation is why this is possible in the first place.
Complainants have the option of suing the Department of Education to punish schools they don’t like, because those schools receive federal funds.
Schools need money and the federal government has a lot. But it seems all the more clear that these schools have indeed made a deal with the devil.
Even if this trial fails, fanatics obsessed with sexuality will not rest until they crush all resistance.
If they are ultimately successful, schools will either have to compromise their beliefs or do without federal money, in which case they will have to radically restructure and may not survive.
It is likely that these schools will have to face the reality of Christ’s warning in Matthew’s Gospel that “[y]We cannot serve God and Mammon.
Conservative writer Rod Dreher has sounded the alarm bells about how the rise of wakefulness will lead to more and more issues like this for years.
He notes how absurd the students bringing the lawsuit are for choosing to go to such schools in the first place and that “[it]It is not enough that LGBT people have almost every university in the country. They are going to crush the few Christian resistance fighters.
While Dreher is right to be concerned about the situation, he fails to mention that there is a simple solution, although it is not easy; schools that do not accept federal money cannot be blackmailed into changing their beliefs.
This is obviously not an easy way to solve the problem, but it is already being done by highly founded schools who have sought for decades to preserve their independence, even if it has made things more difficult. There are only a handful of schools that take no federal money, the largest and best known being Hillsdale College in Michigan and Grove City College in western Pennsylvania.
Readers will probably not be surprised to learn that both institutions are intimately linked to the Austrian tradition. Ludwig von Mises’s office is located at Hillsdale College, and his economics department emphasizes “the Austrian school of economics (especially in the writings of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich A. Hayek)”. Likewise, Grove City is a stronghold of the Austrian economy. Not only are several professors associated with the Mises Institute there, such as Jeff Herbener, but it also houses a very large collection of Mises articles.
These schools receive no federal money, and students attending cannot use any federal grants or federally guaranteed student loans. This situation arose as a result of lawsuits in the 1980s that led to the passage of a law requiring that schools must comply with federal law if they receive federal funding. Choosing principle over expediency, a small handful of schools have sacrificed their access to the federal trough to maintain their independence and stay true to their beliefs.
The Mises Institute has wisely joined this small handful of schools in choosing not to allow students in its new graduate program to receive government funding of any kind.
As I recently stated, the state is necessarily hostile to Christianity because it is a rival religion that opposes the political religion of the state. Conservatives and Christians like Dreher are increasingly aware of this hostility, but unless they do more to separate themselves from the global embrace of the federal government, they will soon realize that it is too late to escape with their beliefs or institutions intact.
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