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These Lawsuits Reveal The Left’s Goal To Banish Religion Altogether: Demonize those with different beliefs and characterize the Bible itself as hateful
The Federalist ^ | 04/15/2021 | Yaakov Menken

Posted on 04/15/2021 8:03:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

If it weren’t clear before, it is now nakedly obvious the far left aims to silence all who question or disagree. It perversely misuses terms like “diversity” and “tolerance” for precisely the opposite ends — to enforce its ideology, stifle dissent, and prohibit any alternatives. The full-scale legal assault on faith-based schools is merely the latest example of its scorched-earth campaign.

My son, a high school senior, plans to matriculate to a well-regarded rabbinical seminary in the fall. But let us imagine that he was so impressed by Baylor University’s NCAA men’s basketball victory that he suddenly changed his plans, wishing to trade Talmudic tomes for time playing for the Bears in Waco, Texas.

Baylor, the university notes on its website, “is governed by a predominantly Baptist Board of Regents and is operated within the Christian-oriented aims and ideals of Baptists.” It even has a chapel requirement for graduation. Given that strict standards of Jewish observance prohibit professing the beliefs of other faiths, my son’s Baylor hoop dreams would be swiftly quashed.

Could you imagine, though, my son suing Baylor for denying him his own form of religious expression as an Orthodox Jew? Preposterous, you say? Unreasonable? Agreed. Now try explaining that to the student participating in a class-action lawsuit to deny federal research funding to Christian universities, because Baylor neither supported her promotion of LGBT ideology agenda nor permits an accredited LGBT student club on campus.

The fact that Baylor would not support that student’s beliefs is still more evident than the way its regulations run afoul of Orthodox Judaism. The university offers a detailed statement on human sexuality that advocates “purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm” and asserts its expectation that students “not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”

Pursuing an Agenda, Not Discrimination

If the student in question had not grasped that a university promoting abstinence before marriage would not readily genuflect to her sexual preferences, was she truly ready for college?

Another party to the lawsuit similarly claims he “went into shock” when his admission to a nursing program was rescinded following his engagement to another man. Union University in Tennessee, to which he had applied, views itself as “equipping persons to think Christianly and serve faithfully,” and its ban on homosexuality, as the lawsuit acknowledges, is right in the student handbook.

Yet the litigants apparently believe that one young student’s self-identification should outweigh that of the entire university, which has been formally tied to the Tennessee Baptist Convention since 1874. It is clear that the agenda of this lawsuit is not to address actual discrimination, but to demonize those with different beliefs and to characterize the Bible itself as hateful, unworthy of being referenced or printed.

This is no exaggeration. A purported example of “hateful” conduct against the Baylor student was when a Bible with certain highlighted passages was left at her door with a note merely saying, “I’m praying for you.”

Even the slightest deviation from leftist doctrine is similarly described as “hateful” in order to drastically narrow the range of opinion Americans are now allowed to express. In February, Twitter suspended the account of a Christian magazine after its tweet described U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine as “a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

Last year, a professor at Shawnee State University was forced to turn to the courts to restore his freedom of speech and expression – and his unblemished record – after school administrators issued an official reprimand for refusing to address a male transgender student as “Ms.”

It Sounds Orwellian Because It Is

Proponents of the class-action lawsuit involving Christian schools, the Washington Post’s reporting confirms, hope to influence the debate regarding the Equality Act. This lawsuit should influence the debate, but by underscoring that the legislation would legalize bigotry and prohibit all traditional religious expression in the public sphere.

My own community, which separates the biological sexes at many lifecycle events, is at particular risk. Circumcisions, bar mitzvahs, and weddings would be banned as “discriminatory” under the Equality Act because these events are routinely held at restaurants, catering halls, and other public accommodations.

Fortunately, there is another way: genuine tolerance. Several Christian universities, like Union, require their students to subscribe to a creed or covenant that explicitly delineates particular religious beliefs. Similarly, I’m unaware of any traditional rabbinical seminary, such as the one my son plans to begin at this fall, that will accept a student who does not profess the beliefs and abide by the practices of Orthodox Judaism. (And they don’t even have basketball teams.)

The options are mutually incompatible, yet easily coexist. Americans can and do annually choose to attend a secular or a faith-based school (or neither, by pursing a different path altogether). All these institutions have flourished because no one has tried to force one type of institution to emulate any other.

To go through the effort to apply and matriculate to a school whose established and well-documented viewpoint differs from your own, and then accuse it of bigotry for maintaining that very viewpoint, requires a uniquely toxic brew of intolerance and hypocrisy. The type of litigation that flows from this is the “strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP),” an abuse of the legal system intended to censor, intimidate, and silence those who dare express opposing views.

Selecting an institution aligned with your worldview is consonant with the authentic practice of tolerance and diversity enshrined in our founding documents. It makes modern democracy possible. That involves both a genuine respect for human dignity, and recognition that true diversity requires tolerance for a spectrum of opinion and belief, including the parts with which we disagree.

Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values.

TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: antichristian; bidenvoters; demonization; equalityact; gaystapotactics; homofascism; lavendermafia; leftism; leftistbigots; orthodoxjew; religion; unconstitutional

1 posted on 04/15/2021 8:03:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s OK to the left if the Religion is Islam. Then you can have slavery and mistreatment of women and it’s all good! The left instinctively knows what is bad for America and will promote it.

2 posted on 04/15/2021 8:10:58 AM PDT by Nateman (Keep Liberty Alive! Article V)
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To: SeekAndFind

Briefly, the Left wants conservatives to be furtive and ashamed for being like the “terrorists” at DC in January.

And whites to be self-loathing and ashamed, owing blacks reparations and keeping a low profile out of guilt.

Plus religious, God fearing people to be ashamed of being “intolerant” of heathens and anti-God types (who engage in same sex attraction acts and want expensive old people euthanized, and who promote abortion killing of babies).
To not allow for supposed excuses instead of right versus wrong or be called “intolerant” and “bigoted.”

While the least tolerant people ever are the “ban the conservative speaker from campus” “take down the Ten Commandments” and “boycott and cancel the conservative who spoke out.” Them.

3 posted on 04/15/2021 8:23:09 AM PDT by frank ballenger (End vote fraud, harvesting,non-citizen voting & leftist media news censorship or we are finished.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Once a funny line in the British play Beyond the Fringe with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook——

“Is that something we can count on as true?”

“Yes. If the Word of God is anything to go by.”

Now that is a serious question by the Left to us.

4 posted on 04/15/2021 8:25:35 AM PDT by frank ballenger (End vote fraud, harvesting,non-citizen voting & leftist media news censorship or we are finished.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We must hate. Hatred is the basis of communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not communists.”

— Lenin

“[I]t is impossible to defeat an enemy without having learned to hate him heart and soul.”

— Stalin

“We hate Christians and Christianity. Even the best of them must be considered our worst enemies. They teach love of one’s neighbor and mercy, which is against our principles. Christian love is an impediment to the development of the revolution. Down with ‘love of our neighbor’—what we want is hatred. We must know how to hate. Only then shall we conquer the universe.”

— Anatoly Lunacharsky, first USSR education commissar

“Hatred fosters vigilance and an uncompromising attitude towards the enemy, and leads to the destruction of everything that prevents Soviet peoples from building a happy life. The teaching of hatred towards the enemies of the toilers enriches the concept of socialist humanism, by distinguishing it from sugary and hypocritical ‘philanthropy’.”

— Small Soviet Encyclopedia (Moscow, 1947, vol. XI, p. 1045)

5 posted on 04/15/2021 8:27:35 AM PDT by Free in Texas (Celebrate diversity. Own firearms of every caliber. )
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To: Nateman
Nice take......the Left is fine w/ religion as long as it's Islam....b/c devout Islamics abhor Christianity.

It’s all good for the Left .....mental, physical and sexual mistreatment of women, honor killings of daughters who date Christians,
sexual mutilation of women, destroying churches......cheering on the long-held Islamic plot to kill the Pope by hanging.

6 posted on 04/15/2021 8:30:06 AM PDT by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other s.ide doesn't know which bathroom to use. )
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, this lines up perfectly for what I posted today on this thread:

7 posted on 04/15/2021 8:44:30 AM PDT by left that other site (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. (Isaiah 7:9))
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To: Free in Texas

Nice! Good tagline too:)

8 posted on 04/15/2021 8:45:41 AM PDT by spankalib
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If felchi fa and burn loot murder finally get the civil war they working so hard to start, I will dedicate my life to capturing them and selling them to ISIS

9 posted on 04/15/2021 8:55:59 AM PDT by dsrtsage (Complexity is merely simplicity lacking imagination)
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To: SeekAndFind

All these Christians who whine about “oppression” in America really need to wake up get some balls and just start standing up for yourself

Try to imagine what it’s like being a Christian in the following countries

Iraq Iran Syria. or any of his other Middle Eastern hell holes

In those countries will just kidnap you in the middle of the night and kill you for your beliefs

Here you have whiny leftists trying to cancel your speech

Come on now get your big boy pants on OK?

10 posted on 04/15/2021 9:09:39 AM PDT by Truthoverpower (Fraud !!! Now we’re off the TRUMP TRAIN and on the Swamp express to communist hell !! TRUTH! )
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To: dsrtsage

I like the way you think!

11 posted on 04/15/2021 9:18:25 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The Mob rises; the Monarchy trembles; the blade sings its lone song...)
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To: SeekAndFind

One single visit to the Religion Forum here is proof that the Left doesn’t need lawsuits to pit Christians vs Christians.

12 posted on 04/15/2021 9:19:23 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems Is The Blue Dress)
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To: SeekAndFind

A three thousand year old book that still drives the heathen mad.

Antiochus IV Epiphanes ordered it destroyed.

The Caesars tried to destroy it.

The moslems tried to supplant it with the ravings of a epileptic pedophile caravan raider.

Modern tyrants constantly try to destroy it.

Yet it still abides driving the mad men into a rage.

Psalm 2

2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

13 posted on 04/15/2021 9:38:27 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ((Democrats have declared us to be THE OBSOLETE MAN in the Twilight Zone.))
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To: SeekAndFind
14 posted on 04/15/2021 9:41:59 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Turn to the Lord Jesus as a damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save + be baptized + follow Him!)
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To: SeekAndFind


15 posted on 04/15/2021 9:53:51 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("One steps out with actresses, one doesn't marry them."—Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
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To: SeekAndFind

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

16 posted on 04/15/2021 9:59:54 AM PDT by polymuser (A socialist is a communist without the power to take everything from their citizens...lyet.)
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To: StAnDeliver

“...the Left doesn’t need lawsuits to pit Christians vs Christians.”

Nope. Ask the Irish. Even ask LCMS vs. ELCA Lutherans.

17 posted on 04/15/2021 10:01:57 AM PDT by polymuser (A socialist is a communist without the power to take everything from their citizens...lyet.)
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To: polymuser; SeekAndFind
"Nope. Ask the Irish. Even ask LCMS vs. ELCA Lutherans."

I don't have to go that far, as the promulgator of this thread is one of the 'best' at hustling ugliness and falsehoods in the Religion Forums, which are quite sadly the fetid brackish backwater of FreeRepublic, when they should be the First Pillar of FreeRepublic, the Rock upon which the Church of Constitutional Conservatism rests...

18 posted on 04/15/2021 12:33:18 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems Is The Blue Dress)
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To: StAnDeliver

Well, you know what they say about not talking politics or religion in polite company.

While most FReepers are politically on the same page, that’s not so with religion, hence the tone of many religious posts.

Similar situation with male v female FReepers, often holding starkly different perspectives.

19 posted on 04/15/2021 1:56:28 PM PDT by polymuser (A socialist is a communist without the power to take everything from their citizens...lyet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

MUST read later.

20 posted on 04/16/2021 7:50:33 AM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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