Religious-based education on trial

It seems that the People’s Republic of California is at it again, as a group of Christian schools is suing the University of California system, claiming that their alumni’s chances for admission are impeded by the system’s rejection of some of their courses.

For Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Centre for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group, the bias is on the part of UC and of a kind "that I thought we had gotten past a long time ago," he said.

Well, Jay, you ought to know by now that liberals don’t give up, even when favourite weapons of theirs–anti-discrimination laws and regulations–have to be circumvented because they don’t work to suit their purposes.  It’s entirely possible that the some on the left are having second thoughts on the whole concept of anti-discrimination now that they are in a position to discriminate for their own ends.

And these liberals may be on to something.  What would our country be like if we scrapped the whole anti-discrimination edifice?  Would we revert to the 1950’s?  I doubt it.  Those groups with money, position and power–and the left is well represented there–would end up on top, at least in the short run.  Would this be good for the country? No.  But it would bring some transparency that’s sorely lacking.  Our legal and bureaucratic system covers up many of the biases of our elites as well as those on the other end.  Taking off the legal mask would force many people to make some substantive decisions about where this country is really at.

Such substantive decisions were part and parcel of the old Soviet Union, where young people not in the Komsomol (Communist youth league) were not able to obtain a higher education.  That frequently meant many Christians, who (when not being sent to Siberia) prospered in the underground economy with the education they were permitted to obtain.  Ironically this is the same regime that brought us Lysenko, whose name is trotted out by evolutionists (to their peril, as I discuss elsewhere) as an object lesson of a regime driven by ideology rather than science.

I do not believe that this country can survive as a purely secularistic society.  Litigation like this only serves to put off the real question: what is more important, our careers in this system that doesn’t want us, or our God?  If we choose the latter, the system is in serious trouble.

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