Thursday, February 17, 2011

Constitution Free Zones?

University to Change Policy Defining Religious Discrimination as Oppression by Christians

Read the article.

The University of California-Davis had a document called The Principles of Community. In this document, religious discrimination was defined as:

“The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture’s religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian.”

According to the Constitution of the United States of America:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Amendment I

The courts of course have generally recognized "Congress" to mean any government entity. What is most ironic is that most of these court cases have been brought by liberals from the same mold as those at UC Davis to prevent anyone and everyone form putting a manger in front of Smalltown City Hall.

It is not my intention to discus the policy because it is obviously absurd.

No my question is; why is it that we are allowing college campuses to become havens for liberals to be free of Constitutional constraints?

For decades now US college campuses have inhibited free speech, by conservatives.

They have been tolerant of any aberrant lifestyle imaginable but don't go out of their way to support the students who choose to live a healthy, straight lifestyle with a wife and children.

Right to peaceful assembly is selectively enforced. On one of the Grand Rapids area campuses, one you would consider fairly conservative by national standards, a conservative group was not allowed to have a bake sale because they were critical of homosexuality. Do you think the campus chapter of the LBGT was denied this access?

Right to redress of grievances. College campuses are structured to where liberal groups have much more success at appealing decisions than conservatives.

Now we have thrown out religious freedom.

So the question again. Why is this being tolerated? Why is it that college administrations can ignore the constitutional rights of it's students like this? They are a governmental entity. They are funded by our tax dollars. Wouldn't you think they would be required to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America?


Mustang said...

I cannot know the answer to your questions, but I can surmise “this is being tolerated” because the citizens living in and around the campus of UC Davis are not offended by such a declaration. Let us recall that the UC system has harbored with impunity such heinous communists as Angela Davis and Van Jones. If no one is offended, then no one complains, and all is well in River City.

The first amendment is an incorporated amendment, which means that every state within the union has adopted it word for word into their own state constitutions. Still, if someone claims offense, the court will demand to know how the UC Davis declaration harmed that person, and to what degree —simply because if there is no harm, there is no foul. Being sad doesn’t count.

Remember too that we have long protected the right of people in this country to behave like complete and utter morons, and to the best of my recollection, this has been going on in California with amazing regularity since 1945.

Brooke said...

Does our gov't really care about our freedoms anymore? Is it any wonder the colleges that bred them are becoming more bold in their agendas?

A vicious circle!

DaBlade said...

“The idea that a university would discriminate against Christians is a very old story..."

Man, I'm just glad the link didn't lead me to the Notre Dame website. After they had Obama give the commencement address and awarded him an honorary degree, I wasn't confident.

cube said...

I think it's been tolerated because the people who would have objected have had priorities such as jobs and families.

Thanks to the internet and other social networks, these people are starting to awaken to the fact that we must make a stand for the values that we believe in or risk being legislated into a liberal/progresive world we don't want for us or our children.

Karen Howes said...

Ah, so in other words, oppression OF Christians isn't discrimination and is perfectly okay. Got it.

if only that effing state would break off into the Pacific or get nuked.

Chuck said...

Mustang, the problem is that not everyone would agree with it if they knew it was going on. Colleges keep this quiet and the media helps them

Brooke, good point

DaBlade, that was disappointing (even for someone who isn't a huge fan)

Cube, I think you nailed it - the internet is a game changer

Karen, I would agree but there are some good people that live there (some of whom visit this site). They do seem to be a bit of a minority though.

LASunsett said...

To partially answer some of your query, we can go back and review the period we now call The Enlightenment to see that academics have historically had an opposition to religion because of its over-involvement in politics. In most of post medieval Europe, Catholicism was the dominant theological institution, the dominant political system was feudalism backed by a monarchy based on "divine right". Most of the monarchs needed papal approval for many things.

In my view, much of the academic hatred of that day was justified. At the height of the papal influence, the Catholic clergy would incite mobs to to attack a scholar who would dare to write anything that may present a secular or theological view different from official church doctrine. And many who dared to follow any other secular or theological doctrine (Christian or otherwise) were tortured and some killed in the Inquisition.

So as it is in the case of anything theo-political, human nature tends to make people go overboard. I would cite the French Revolution as one example, as well as the Iranian Revolution. In both instances, the people replaced one form of tyranny for another. And in both cases life became worse.

In the case of the academia vs. theologians today, the pendulum has now swung back toward the academics and their godless secular view of the world. They are the ones who are now wanting to empower themselves more by demonizing all Christianity, as if it were still being held hostage by a corrupt papal system like it did in the Middle Ages.

The pendulum always swings back harder, each time it swings. it's not about equality, it's about empowerment and the desire to compel others by force to do as they think is right, because they think average people are just too stupid to know what is best for their own lives.

Chuck said...

LA, well put. I can't help but think there could be an ongoing shift back, there has been a lot more fighting against this on campuses. We didn't read articles like this 15- 20 years ago

Alligator said...

Well said LA - it is all about about empowerment, freedom and tolerance be damned (in their view).