The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a decision which is going to further push Christian groups on college campuses into the background. In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a state law school can refuse to recognize a Christian student group that “discriminates” against gay students and other non-Christians. While this decision is not going to change that much in the short-term, the truth is that it sets the stage for some earth-shattering legal decisions in the future. For example, the Supreme Court could use the same reasoning to rule that any church that “discriminates” against homosexuals should not receive an income tax exemption because it does not comply with anti-discrimination laws. Also, localities across the country could decide to start refusing to give building permits to churches because they openly “discriminate” again homosexuals and it looks like the U.S. Supreme Court is going to back them up. The truth is that the implications of this decision are absolutely staggering.
So exactly what were the facts of this case?
Well, this case had originally been brought by the Christian Legal Society at the University of California-Hastings College of Law.
School officials had refused to recognize the Christian Legal Society and grant it student-activity funding, meeting space and other privileges because they said that the group “discriminated” against gays students.
But the group did not specifically “discriminate” against homosexuals. What they did was require that group members adhere to standards of Christian morality which included not being involved in sexual immorality.
But today if you insist on sexual morality that means that you are a bigot.
This is what America is turning into.
Dissenting from the Supreme Court decision were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
Writing for the dissenters, Alito states that this new decision, “arms public educational institutions with a handy weapon for suppressing the speech of unpopular groups.”
Indeed it does.
Christian groups all over the United States are now going to be pushed off campus.
But that is only the beginning.
Eventually churches and Christian organizations across the United States are going to lose their tax exemptions because they supposedly “discriminate” against gay people.
That is where things are headed.
Taking a stand on sexual immorality is going to increasingly get Christians into trouble in the years ahead.
So decide right now where you are going to stand. Because things are not going to get any easier.