Do Christians still have the right under the Constitution to believe and practice their faith even when their faith is out of sync with an ecumenical, antichrist, federal public policy? Can you really determine who has a valid religious belief and who is just using religion as an excuse to discriminate? -Trebuchet A week after offering this defense of its policy, Bob Jones dropped the policy.
The resemblance between Bob Jones’ argument and Jindal’s argument raises a simple question: Does the right to practice a religious belief against gay marriage differ fundamentally from the right to practice a religious belief against interracial marriage? But the question remains: If religious freedom protects your right to discriminate privately between same-sex and opposite-sex relationships, does it also protect your right to discriminate privately between same-race and opposite-race relationships? As Bob Jones put it: “Does a Christian consensus have to exist to make a belief right?
No church or church-affiliated organization, or individuals whose business is run in a manner consistent with their faith practices, should be required by the state to take steps in conflict with their religion.
Nor should they be legally punished for how they treat marital arrangements outside the teachings of their faith.
In 2008, past President Stephen Jones, great-grandson of evangelist and university founder Bob Jones, apologized for BJU’s past racial discrimination.
But the university hadn’t sought to reinstate its tax-exempt status until 2014 after Steve Pettit took over as the school’s fifth president in its 90-year history.“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” Pettit said.
That existing nonprofit was called Bob Jones Elementary School, Inc. The restructuring came after “consultation with legal counsel and accountants with many years of experience in assisting tax exempt organizations—as well as input from members of the BJU community and our congressional delegation,” Pettit said.
Our religious liberty must in no way ever be linked to the ever-changing opinions of the public.…You may favor protecting traditional marriage between one man and one woman, or you may favor making gay marriage legal.