California Legislation Threatens Christian Colleges

by NRB Newsroom  |  published on July 29, 2016

When the California state legislature returns to Sacramento for business next month, a bill that puts Christian colleges in the cross-hairs could well be moved toward the desk of Governor Jerry Brown (D). Described by proponents as a nondiscrimination measure, the Equity in Higher Education Act (SB 1146) specifically targets religious schools that wish to operate in accordance with their deeply held beliefs if those convictions run counter to the state’s position on sexual orientation and gender identity.

State Senator Ricardo Lara (D), the sponsor of the bill, has suggested that his legislation is intended “to close a loophole.” At issue is whether or not religious colleges can continue to uphold their tenets of faith on marriage and human sexuality in such areas as codes of conduct, housing policies, and employment, and still participate in state programs like the “Cal Grant” program that helps many families in the state afford higher education. In a release announcing SB 1146, he said, “…private universities should not be able to use faith as an excuse to discriminate and avoid complying with state laws.”

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, had a very different take on this bill. Speaking not only as one deeply supportive of the association’s Intercollegiate NRB (iNRB) schools and programs, but also as a former professor and President of Criswell College, a Christian college in Texas, he declared:

During consideration of the Obergefell case, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s admission that religious schools’ beliefs were “going to be an issue” was an unambiguous signal that liberal elites have decided to become openly intolerant of any dissenting views on marriage and sexual ethics. Now we see California legislators poised to advance a bill specifically engineered to coerce Christian schools into either violating their constitutionally guaranteed freedom to believe and live out their faith or effectively becoming persona non grata in the state’s educational world.
Christian college leaders in California have been making the case against the bill. Indeed, Dr. Jon Wallace, President of Azusa Pacific University, last month wrote, “The state must not handcuff faith-based institutions from living out their mission and religious tenets nor withhold access to state financial aid, which would effectively eliminate faith-based institutions as a choice for California’s most disadvantaged students.” Similarly, in a detailed interview posted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Dr. Barry Corey, President of Biola University, said Senator Lara’s legislation “represents an unprecedented narrowing of religious freedom in America.” He added, “What’s at stake for religious institutions of higher education is nothing short of their ability to exist as alternative communities; communities whose alternative ways of thinking and living allow for distinct educational practice and meaningful missional impact.”

  • Donnie Buchanan

    I wonder if they will enforce this on muslims .. not really. This is unconstitutional by the 1st Amendment. No LGBTQ has to attend a religious school or at least I can’t see why they would. California should just pull out of the US and make us all happy. There’s room for the sane people in other states.

  • CharlieSeattle

    W T F ? …In a release announcing SB 1146, he said, “…private universities should not be able to use faith as an excuse to discriminate and avoid complying with state laws.” ………….State Law???

    >>>>> State Law can not trump the US Constitution! <<<<<<

    The First Amendment

    The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.

    The First Amendment

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • Rodney Steward

    California has truly moved to the dark side, and this Jerry Brown need to be put into a pair of concrete shoes, this is a sick SOB and is also a member of the American Communist Party that has taken over Cal., please hurry up and fall off into the ocean with no survivors!!

    • Jo Ann Kowalski

      People forgot how brown and linda rondstat were getting high back in the 60s. Us people in recovery thank God everyday for a second chance. Brown is still getting high all dems are getting high or just never stoppec. Wet brain screwed up brains from long usage. Us in recovery say obama is a coke head. All dems are f$$$ up. God is great and powerful. Hellary loves drinking that we can tell from NY. Dems are addicts

  • glorious victory

    California is the land of the flakes, fruits and nuts. I live there and started to leave but decided to stay fight these moral idiots. We are making head way but we have a long road to go. We need everyone to get involved even in your own state. Your fruits and veggies come from California. You need to tell you grocer that food has gotten too expensive and you want California to know it. United Nations Agenda 21 is at work to shut down the farmer not to mention creating colleges that spew communist propaganda. Check out Agenda 21 for dummies and Agenda 21/Glenn Beck. Hillary Clinton is big time in this with the Clinton Foundation.

  • Ken says

    If you choose to live in the land of idiocy – suck it up. If any school wants to get state funding and grants and assistance you play by the rules of the state. If you don’t like the rules be a Private school and tell the state to cram it.

  • Phil Esposito

    These anti-religious M.F.’s should be shot, then hung, then shot again and set on fire.

  • SD of AZ

    So what about the moslime environment cranking out their second gen of terrorist? Would checking out the moslime places not be a better target particularly since CA welcomes them all from nonvetted moslimes to illegal aliens all of who are criminals for even crossing our border without permission except in BO’s illegal edict rants and writs.

  • David Stewart

    Kindly quit with the California news items; I only care about what happens in America, not some foreign country!

    • Phil Esposito

      That’s some funny stuff, but I can’t laugh too much cuz I live in CA.

      • Ken says

        That’s why I got out of there 8 years ago – I’ve moved a number of times in my life but out of CA was the best one.

        • CharlieSeattle

          It is worse now with the drought. No mud slides to put out the brush fires.

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