Christian College at Risk behind the Blue State Iron Curtain

Gordon College shows us how politically dominant homosexual orthodoxy will make the Red State Blue State divide into an Iron Curtain.

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People talk about the division of the country into red states and blue states, but recent use of homosexuality as if it were a civil rights issue and not a sexual ethics issue will make that division into a knife cut. We are going to see a legal Iron Curtain of sorts descend across the country as Christian Institutions are terminated or forced to relocate to places with civilized rules still in place.

I have already posted about Gordon College which is about to have its accreditation removed for being a Christian institution because it defines marriage as one man and one woman and, further, teaches that sex should only be practiced within marriage.

So they must be destroyed. As I wrote then, putting the government or quasi-government entities in education and virtually every other aspect of society, the groundwork for a top-down anti-Christian regime has been in place for a long time. To see the wheels of the anti-Christian machine spinning into action, don’t miss this fascinating and horrifying piece in the National Review by David French, “The Persecution of Gordon College.”

It goes into great detail about how this is all a reprisal because the college president, Michael Lindsay, wrote a letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption on an executive order barring “discrimination” against homosexuals by Federal contractors. This was an exemption that none other than Elizabeth Warren had voted for earlier, but it earned Lindsay enemies and payback.

In an act of pure moral grandstanding, in July — just eight days after President Lindsay signed the letter to President Obama — the city of Salem suspended a long-term contract with Gordon that had allowed the college to use the city-owned Old Town Hall — a spiteful act, but one of little consequence to the college.

But then the spite became harmful. In late August, the Lynn School Committee — a nearby school district — ended an eleven-year relationship with the school and refused to accept Gordon College students as student-teachers in its system.

This action — in addition to being destructive (teaching programs can’t function without student-teacher placements) — is grotesquely unconstitutional, violating students’ rights of free association, free speech, and religious liberty by punishing them for merely attending Gordon College, even without evidence the students themselves have engaged in any “discriminatory” acts or even agree with Gordon’s policy (there are dissenters who attend the school).

Then, in September, Gordon’s accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, announced that it had met to consider whether “Gordon College’s traditional inclusion of ‘homosexual practice’ as a forbidden activity” violated the association’s standards for accreditation. The Association gave Gordon one year “to ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory.”

The implication was clear: You have one year to choose between your conscience and your accreditation.

For Gordon, the death penalty now looms. A college cannot exist without accreditation. The number of programs and benefits that are conditioned upon accreditation are simply too numerous to mention. Simply put, a student with any ambitions to participate in the commercial life of this country or to pursue a graduate or professional degree would be foolish to attend an unaccredited college.

[See also, “Accreditation Board Pushes Christian College to Give Up Faith.”]

The entire article is important to read, save, and share. One thing that French mentions that I thought was especially interesting was geography.

But while Gordon is intellectually rigorous and ideologically diverse, it is culturally isolated. Its Evangelical orthodoxy would fit in well in my home state of Tennessee, right alongside Christian colleges such as Lipscomb University (my alma mater), Union University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lee University, Covenant College, and any number of theologically orthodox Protestant schools.

But on the outskirts of Boston, Gordon stands alone — alone and vulnerable to the leftist mob.

So there you have it. It is not safe to be a Christian college in New England anymore. Christian Institutions are going to be driven out of those places, forced to flee to states like Tennessee. And the United States will be parceled up between states that resemble the once-great Republic and those that are soviet gulags of thought control and censored expression.