Sept. 10, 2014
The California State University system has booted InterVarsity from its 23 campuses because IV, an Evangelical Christian group, believes its local chapters should be led by (get ready) Evangelical Christians.
Women-only Mt. Holyoke College has announced that it is changing its gender categories, to wit:
- Biologically born female; identifies as a woman.
- Biologically born female; identifies as a man.
- Biologically born female; identifies as other/they/ze.
- Biologically born female; does not identify as either woman or man.
- Biologically born male; identifies as woman.
- Biologically born male; identifies as other/they/ze and when "other/they" identity includes woman.
- Biologically born with both male and female anatomy (Intersex); identifies as a woman.
The school’s policy notes one identity category still barred from admission: "Biologically born male; identifies as man."
How about venerable Vanderbilt, which
... has decided student groups on campus cannot determine their own leadership. Consequently, a Muslim can run the Christian group, a global warming skeptic can run the Earth First group, a Republican can run the College Democrats, etc. ... The rule came in part because, as you will not be surprised to learn, a Christian fraternity "had expelled several students for violating their behavior policy. One student said he was ousted because he is gay." Tish Harrison Warren wrote about this at Christianity Today. Her Christian group allowed anyone to be a member, "[b]ut it asks key student leaders -- the executive council and small group leaders -- to affirm its doctrinal statement, which outlines broad Christian orthodoxy and does not mention sexual conduct specifically. But the university saw belief statements themselves as suspect."
And, as of Wednesday of this week, "Rev. Bruce Shipman, the Episcopal chaplain at Yale, has resigned in the wake of controversy over a New York Times letter he wrote suggesting Jews were collectively culpable for Israel’s actions and for subsequent rises in global anti-Semitism." Yale, founded as an explicitly Christian institution centuries ago, summons the decency to fire a nascent anti-Semite -- a tiny flash of light in the gathering twilight that is the moral climate of the nation’s colleges and universities. Of course, this spasm of honor comes long after Yale jettisoned its original purpose: to train young men to "live religious, godly and blameless lives according to the rules of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the duties of religion, both in public and secret ... (each student was to) ...consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ."
It is hard to know how to comment about the things listed above. Their stupidity and hypocrisy possess an umbra so glistening, not dissimilar to that displayed by an oil slick on a garage floor, that I will let them speak for themselves.