higher education

Whose Shame?

By Kim Colby

But significant parts of American society are now unyieldingly hostile to the religious beliefs that some religious colleges teach. Specifically, our legal and political cultures actively oppose the religious belief that sex is to be experienced exclusively within a lifelong, monogamous commitment between a woman and a man, a belief shared by Catholicism, Orthodox Judaism, and Evangelical Christianity. As it rigidly imposes its own sexual orthodoxy on dissenting religious institutions and individuals, this legal and political opposition ironically parodies the puritanism that it derides.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/20/whose-shame

Spread the Word: Making the Case for Robust Religious Freedom

By Doug Koopman

Among the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision has been the push by groups supporting that decision for new law and regulation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. A prime arena for this has been higher education, where there has been increased scrutiny regarding where federal funding—particularly aid to students—is involved.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/16/spread-the-word-making-the-case-for-robust-religious-freedom

If Higher Education’s Religious Freedoms Go, So Goes Our Charitable Society

By Chelsen Vicari

No longer is the religious freedom debate in America confined to battles between religious small business owners and their clients. Moral relativism’s increasing influence in society has shifted the battle of freedom of religion vs. malleable morality to the now much larger and far more politically and demographically significant realm of higher education.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/14/if-higher-educations-religious-freedoms-go-so-goes-our-charitable-society

SB 1146 and Institutional Religious Liberty: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Andrew T. Walker

We are now weeks out since 2016’s gravest threat to religious liberty, California’s SB 1146, was stalled. In this post, I want to focus briefly on the type of religious battle that occurred amidst the debate around SB 1146 and discuss the good, bad, and ugly elements of how religious liberty stands to be impacted institutionally.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/14/sb-1146-and-institutional-religious-liberty-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly

A University Without Religious Freedom is Not a University

By: Grant Jones

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom.” As the young Benjamin Franklin notes in these cogent words, the pursuit of knowledge and freedom to think, contemplate, and consider go hand in hand. Though a man of questionable morality, Franklin’s palpable intellect assisted him in—many years following his transcription of these words—shaping a nation based upon the defense of one’s right to individual thought and expression. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/6/14/a-university-without-religious-freedom-is-not-a-university