Colleges Escalate Christian Persecution
The First Amendment of the US Constitution states,
“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.”
But evidently, some are reading the First Amendment as only pertaining to Congress and not to any other political or private organization and the courts seem to be agreeing.
First case in point is Vanderbilt University which recently enacted a new university policy that requires all campus organizations to accept anyone and everyone that wishes to join. The school adopted the policy in response to the complaints of a student that was expelled from a Christian group because of his homosexual activities. The on campus Christian organization took the action because the student’s gay lifestyle goes against biblical teachings and the student refused to stop.
There are four different Christian groups on campus and if the university’s policy survives the legal challenges, the groups will be forced to either accept all individuals including homosexuals, non-Christians and even Muslims. The only other alternative would be to take the groups off campus or disband.
In a second case, Augusta State University has expelled a graduate school student because of her Christian beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a counseling student at the university is a devout Christian and expressed that she believes that homosexuality is a sin and immoral choice of lifestyle. Keeton expressed those views in a term paper in which she wrote that she would have a difficult time counseling someone who was a homosexual because of her Christian beliefs. The school informed Keeton that her statements were unethical and because of them she was placed on probation, ordered to attend a sensitivity training and warned that expulsion was a possibility. They also ordered her to attend events with homosexual men and women such as the city’s gay pride parade. Keeton valued her Christian faith above the school’s policy and when she refused to alter her stand on homosexuality, the school expelled her.
Supposedly, the faculty justified their actions by claiming that as part of her degree program Keeton would be training with middle and high school students and that her personal religious views could possibly cause harm to the students, as reported by Cristina Correia of the Georgia Attorney General’s office.
Keeton has sought legal help in the matter and has taken her case before a federal judge, asking the court to block her expulsion and allow her to continue her education and training.
We’ve been seeing more and more instances where Christians are being targeted and persecuted in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. However, I’ve yet to hear of any similar cases or actions taken against students or student groups from any other religion, especially Muslim ones. And sadly, the courts are beginning to forget the First Amendment right to freedom of religion and are beginning to rule against Christians. At the current trend, it wouldn’t surprise me to see arenas starting to spring up outside our federal courtrooms as that’s where they’re throwing us to, the lions.