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Well, in Washington State, the State has indicated that it is interfering with the operation of a religious college, because some students and faculty do not approve of some of the sect’s restrictions on their behavior.
Seattle Pacific University was started in the 1800s as a Seminary for the Free Methodists. Eventually, it gave up the seminary part and became a college, private and sectarian. The Free Methodists disapprove of homosexuality, and homosexual behavior is prohibited to faculty, staff, and students. Before attending or working at the college, everyone signs a pledge to that effect.
We all know that Washington State is on the bleeding edge of blue, with its holy sacrament of Abortion, and a law protecting homosexual behavior and “marriage” that was passed before the Supreme Court made it universal. The Attorney General has announced that he is opening a civil rights investigation of Seattle Pacific University, due to complaints by students and faculty that they are being discriminated against because of their homosexual behavior. And they complain, regardless of the demonstrable fact that they all signed the pledge not to engage in such behavior when they started.
As is usual for Leftists, church and State must be hard-separated, except when it interferes with their chosen behavior; then, the long arm of the State is very happy to engage with religion, to the detriment of religion. If I am not mistaken, there have already been Supreme Court decisions allowing religious institutions to make their own sets of rules for their employees and students; states have already had their hands slapped when trying to apply non-discrimination regulations to religious entities. Yet Bob Ferguson has embarked on his civil-rights investigation, to make SPU allow behavior that is abhorrent to it.
What a waste of money! Now SPU must defend itself against the charges, and attempt to impress the Leftist State with arguments that it is allowed to have its own rules, and those objectors can simply quit their jobs or choose another university with different values. And we taxpayers are paying for this!Published in