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Will the Tolerance Agenda Destroy Christian Higher Education?

Federal student aid is the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of Christian colleges.

Paula Bolyard


October 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Last weekend my husband and I visited our son at the little Bible College he attends in Pennsylvania. The school’s website describes it as “a fully-accredited, faith-centered educational institution… committed to providing students with excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership.” The 672 undergraduate students students all dual-major in Bible and their chosen field of concentration to earn Bachelor of Arts degrees.

It’s a lovely little school where most of the students, like our son, share the school’s biblical values and desire to follow the teachings of the Bible both in the classroom and out. Some are studying to be pastors or missionaries and others. Like our son, who is an elementary education major, they desire to be equipped to take their faith into the world in their chosen professions after graduation. The school doesn’t promote a political agenda, it simply quietly goes about the business of educating young people who desire a Christian education.

As we drove away from the beautiful campus on Sunday, I couldn’t help but wonder how long this school and other conservative Christian schools will survive as the new conformity enforcers continue their march through our country’s institutions.

When the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, Justice Scalia’s dissent warned that “By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.” Scalia said that “it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.” Though he was specifically speaking of gay marriage — and those shoes have begun to drop across the country —  it’s only a matter of time before the attacks will begin on Christian higher education.

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No mystery here. And no unfairness, either. He who pays the piper calls the tune. If I offer to paint your house on the condition that I be allowed to choose the color, and you agree to the deal, you have no basis for complaining about the color I choose.

Most Christians have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the leftist lie that we are all entitled to government money.

If Christians would follow Abraham's example by refusing to be enriched by the King of Sodom, we wouldn't be having this discussion. (Genesis 14)

We have handed a sword to the enemy, and then we are surprised when he uses it!

Some colleges have figured this out, and refuse all federal aid, and forbid their students to accept any. This shuts the door for the federal government's meddling.

Two that I know of that do so are Patrick Henry College in Virginia and Bob Jones University in South Carolina. I'm sure there are others.

Oh, and that accreditation thing? BJU has gotten by without it for a loooong time now.

If we ever stop depending on government aid, we just might find that God is able to supply all our needs.
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Hillsdale and Grove City are two other schools that refuse government funding.

FWIW, we all take some degree of government benefits. We use the roads and community services and most families put their kids in government schools. Students who attend state universities are attending state-funded schools. It's difficult to avoid the government these days.

But I get your point. The unfairness, as I said, is that we are paying billions of dollars a year to fund leftist schools.
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The unfairness, as I said, is that we are paying billions of dollars a year to fund leftist schools.

And the cure for that is.... the Constitution, obeyed.

But then, you already know that. ;-)
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Paula, Good Essay. You remind us that the Tyranny that is our current government, intends to change every aspect of America not just health care or the economy, but also to transform our children to be loyal supporters of the State and our "Beloved Leader" while reporting on deviant parents and educators, racists and homophobes, all. We must oppose this assault on our liberty and conscience where ever it occurs and wake up others to the threat.
Thanks for doing your part.
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