How did we get to the point where special rights for a small subset of people based on their sexual behavior occupy a place above the enumerated right to religious freedom?
The world has gone mad. “Fallen man” is too weak a description.
We’ve arrived at that place seemingly overnight. The people trampling on our religious liberty have either forgotten or never learned how precious that liberty is. This grand experiment called America is exceptional for a reason.
For Christ followers, things will get worse before they get better, so Christians need to fight fire with fire. Right now, Gordon College, a Christian school, is facing persecution.
The school bans student and faculty from such sins as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, profanity, theft, and dishonesty — a reasonable religious policy. D. Michael Lindsay, the school’s president, co-signed a letter in July to President Barack Obama to request a religious exemption from an executive order that bans federal contractors from declining to hire people whose lifestyles are in opposition to their faith.
The fallout? The local school board banned Gordon undergraduates from being hired as student teachers. A Roman Catholic school has refused to compete with Gordon sports teams. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has threatened Gordon’s accreditation. And the mayor has ended the city’s contracts with Gordon.
This is what Christians are facing. Not Muslims. Not Jews. Christians.
A parent asked the school board to reconsider banning Gordon graduates from teaching. Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is also behind the school. He informed the mayor that the school board was discriminating against the students based on their religion:
“As noted above, no one has claimed that a Gordon College student teacher has discriminated against a Lynn public school student on the basis of their sexual orientation, or even made a comment about sexual orientation,” he said in his letter.
In other words, Gordon College may well have a legal case against some of the organizations that have banished the college since Mr. Lindsay’s July 1 letter went public.
But that’s not a course of action Gordon plans to pursue, said Gordon spokesman Rick Sweeney.
Let’s pray that Gordon College stands firm for the faith and doesn’t give in to the pressure…even if the school won’t pursue legal action.
Sweeney said they’re “very grateful for the support, and I thought the point he [Kirsanow] made in terms of the rights of students in this situation was very helpful to point out. At the end of the day, we’re still hopeful that the city will consider where there could be a middle ground to allow us to work with them again.”
Photo credit: “A J Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, Wenham MA” by John Phelan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.