The yawning chasm of a potential loss of accreditation reportedly faced Gordon College just a few months back. It seemed that the Christian school’s Statement of Life and Conduct included “homosexual practice” as a forbidden activity and that had riled the politically correct officials at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. But, according to a report from the Gospel Coalition, that threat was removed when the association said its pending review of college practices was routine.
Now, however, that or a similar consequence could be facing every Christian college, university or other school in the nation – a threat that was issued directly by the Obama administration. It came during the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week on whether the justices will mandate same-sex “marriage” across the country, as it already has been forced by individual federal judges on more than two dozen states.
The threat came from Solicitor General Donald Verrilli of the Obama administration during an exchange with Justice Samuel Alito. Alito noted the Bob Jones University case, which involved not sexual orientation but racial issues. “The court held that a college was not entitled to tax exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same-sex marriage?” Alito asked.
Sure thing, Verrilli confirmed, in a way. “You know, I … I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I … I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is … it is going to be an issue,” he said. Reported the coalition, “The government, through its representative, has now signaled that Christian schools may soon be treated like racists and pariahs.”
The threat aligned with a warning from a decade ago, the coalition said, from law professor Jonathan Turley, who leans left and supports “gay” rights. He had said, “Many organizations attract members with their commitment to certain fundamental matters of faith or morals, including a rejection of same-sex marriage or homosexuality. FULL REPORT