In an unfolding story that reveals more than might show on its surface, LifeSiteNews reports that Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which is one of the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans (LGBT) lobbying groups in the US, is demanding that any possible “Biden Administration” should target Christian-based colleges.
But for what? LifeSiteNews reports:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest and most powerful LGBT lobby organizations, is pushing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to target Christian educational institutions, demanding that a Biden Administration strip colleges that adhere to rules and positions opposing homosexuality of their accreditation.
Right off the bat, this sets off alarm bells for people who believe in academic freedom and in the ability of students, professors, and college founders, to be able to learn and teach principles that are in line with Biblical tradition.
The HRC’s ‘Blueprint for Positive Change,’ which offers 85 recommendations, proposes eliminating non-discrimination exemptions for religious colleges if they refuse to abandon the biblical position on marriage.
So the cultural battle ramps-up, in a new area. But, what, really, is that area? That question requires additional investigation...
The next logical question is, “what does ‘accreditation’ mean?” which is the key to understanding the larger picture.
Many Americans are accustomed to hearing the term “accreditation” and associating it with a student’s ability to see credits from a school recognized by another institution. This applies to students who might switch schools, or to students who graduate college and plan on attending a school for their doctorate or other post-grad work. Students often seek schools that are “accredited” by various organizations of “higher learning.”
But that's not what is at stake here. In this case, “accreditation” is yet another political subversion of the English language. It’s a term the federal government has adopted -- donned like a cloak -- in order to support something that it should not be doing.
And that is... handing out money for education at colleges it deems “worthy.”
To amplify on this fact, LifeSite refers to, and quotes from, a detailed piece by Albert Mohler, at his own site, in which he sheds light on what the pro-LGBT HRC is really doing, and what the feds are really doing:
The Blueprint states, ‘Language regarding accreditation of religious institutions of higher education in the Higher Education Opportunity Act could be interpreted to require accrediting bodies to accredit religious institutions that discriminate or do not meet science-based curricula standards. The Department of Education should issue a regulation clarifying that this provision, which requires accreditation agencies to ‘respect the stated mission’ of religious institutions, does not require the accreditation of religious institutions that do not meet neutral accreditation standards including nondiscrimination policies and scientific curriculum requirements.’
Of course, we can discern that the use of the term”scientific” here has nothing to do with the scientific method and debate, but is about conforming to a state-endorsed “scientific” orthodoxy -- which isn’t science.
And we can see another salient aspect of this attack. In this case, that term “accreditation” is connected to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which is an addendum to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (via the leftist Lyndon Johnson), and is a federal college loan handout.
What is in dispute today is the fact that the LGBT lobby wants Christian schools and those attending them to be removed from the list of schools to receive money via the Higher Education Opportunity Act (the reworking of the 1965 Higher Education Act into the Higher Education Opportunity Act was one of the last big moves by George W Bush in 2008 -- one of his profound errors).
So, this is all an argument about something the feds shouldn't be doing in the first place, and shows just how much time and legal energy goes into these fights once the unconstitutional precedent is established. And while one can understand how a Christian person might be upset that: A. the LGBT gang is targeting them, and B. that the schools might be working with parents, students, or faculty who've had to pay taxes that could, hypothetically, be funding these federal payments (and then these taxpayers can’t get that money back through this program) Christians might do well to recognize that the entire paradigm is based on a lie: the false notion that the feds can fund education.
Readers of the Bible are familiar with the statement, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Render unto God what is God’s…” Christ's statement implying the truth: Everything belongs to God, and nothing legitimately belongs to Caesar, the political ruler who controlled others through threats of aggressive government force.
Thus, frustration over this HRC attack actually allows Christians to see the larger picture, which is that this battle over federal money is not in line with the Constitution, because the document doesn’t allow for the feds to hand out cash for education. This battle over federal money is not in line with Christian principles, because the money is taken from people through threats of government aggression, and this battle is not solely about an attack by a leftist organization trying to single-out religious schools.
Certainly, it’s angering to see how one interest group targets another. But this is always the case when the government creates the “Tragedy of the Commons” where large numbers of people who have diverse interests see their tax cash taken from them, and they would like to see that cash spent in the way they prefer.
But the key lesson goes back to the Old Testament. To the Ten Commandments. To the New Testament. To the Constitution. And none of them praise the idea of taking other people’s money to create a boxing ring where various groups fight each other over how that plunder will be spent.
Best to leave people in peace and object to the political plunder that causes all the problems. And that's a lesson that one can learn without going to school.