Opposition to SB 1146 Growing as Colleges Speak Out

We’ve talked to you before about SB 1146, the bill that would restrict the religious liberty rights of colleges and universities throughout California. Simply put, this bill would prevent religious schools that receive state funding from performing actions that California deems “discriminatory” on the basis of religion. This would include things like requiring students to take certain theology or religious studies courses, requiring students to attend chapel, having corporate prayer in convocations or classes, mandating student moral conduct codes based in the school’s religious doctrine, and integrating religious faith throughout the school’s non-theological curriculum.

Obviously, these are normal activities that religious schools can and should legitimately do–in fact, a school that doesn’t do those things can hardly call itself religious! Out of an overwrought attempt to shield LGBT students from “discrimination” within Christian schools, SB 1146 would fundamentally damage a religious school’s ability to self-govern and to maintain its religious identity. This bill would forbid private colleges and universities from authentically serving their students according to their historic charters.

Now, a number of Christian colleges are joining California Family Council and our coalition partners in opposition to the bill:

  • BIOLA University issued a statement opposing the bill, stating that it would “deprive tens of thousands of students of their access to a distinctly faith-based higher education.”
  • In a recent blog post, Fresno Pacific University president Dr. Richard Kriegbaum called on FPU supporters to oppose the bill, saying, “We support the bill’s intent to protect students from harassment of all kinds. However, limiting the religious freedoms of Christian and other religious institutions is not the way to accomplish this goal.”
  • In an op-ed piece published this week in the Sacramento Bee, Dr. John Jackson, the president of William Jessup University, joined in opposition to SB 1146. “We work hard at providing students a diverse, respectful, safe and challenging environment to learn and prepare for life,” said Jackson. “The passage of SB 1146 would destroy that time-honored foundation and undercut the very fabric of higher education, which advocates for freedom of opinion and discourse.”
  • Finally, in an open letter to students, faculty, and alumni, the President of Life Pacific College Dr. Jim J. Adams acknowledged that “it is unusual for LPC to reach out to you regarding legislative issues, but a proposed bill in the California Senate could significantly challenge our ability to provide students with an education in keeping with our Christian mission and biblical convictions.” Dr. Adams then urged supporters of religious education to “voice concerns to your California Assembly member regarding Senate Bill 1146, urging them to preserve our ability to fulfill our longstanding mission based on religious beliefs and constitutional principles.”

What can be done?

Our sister organization California Family Alliance has produced an Action Alert for individuals to contact their California State Assembly representatives to urge them to oppose the bill.

To see our original posting on this bill and further resources, click here. Finally, please consider making a donation to help support our work in California.

Thank you for fighting on behalf of religious liberty in our state!

Additional Resources

Due to its extreme danger to Religious Liberty, SB 1146 is now receiving significant national media attention. Here are just a few notable examples:

(16) Comments

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  3. This begs the question: Why would the Christian Colleges and Universities even WANT to receive state funding of any kind? With state funding comes state control..

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    • It’s not about school funding….. it is about students funding. It is about taxpayers receiving same opportunity to have grants to attend a school of their choice. It is about freedom.

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    • Hey Dale, Christian colleges, and Universities are also institution of college education which many strive for after high school. Just like there are schools aimed for medical, for sciences, law/attorney, dentistry, and business. Even culinary schools are school focus on a specific subject different than the general education within colleges. And according to most students I know within a private Christian college, state funding although come with control, paves a way for students to afford college. Going to college is a giant stepping stone which many students strive for.
      Going to private Christian college is the student’s choice to attend, but our school’s focus is a Christian faith and study based where we implement our beliefs into our future careers. We study deeply in our religion and we like to connect with those who can share the same community. It was not like we prohibit LGBT community from entering, but they must be willing to follow our standards and our practices because we are focus in our academics and our spiritual life.

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    • The students have a right to grants such as the Cal “A” along with federal grants.. A student should not be discriminated against because he/she chooses a Christian college.

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  4. That cuts both ways. If I attend a non religious school that prohibits any kind of prayer in classrooms, promotion of religion, etc. then I should be able to sue them for discrimination. My tax dollars are being used to discriminate against me based on my religion. If my religion requires I pray at noon, 3 pm and I have classes, then the school needs to accommodate date. And state funding does not equal state control. That is called a Marxist communist viewpoint..

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    • You said it correctly . Cultural Marxism . We’ve been duped for
      the past 70 years about their aims and purposes .

      Please look it up . William Lund , or Linda Kimball have good
      articles .
      We must take a stand . Why should our tax- money go towards
      supporting this kind of tyranny ?

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  5. This is so very sad that they taking away our rights to pray to share to learn what kind of USA Religious country is this becoming. Because a hand full of atheus, in California do not want us to believe in God because they love no one , very sad times are coming. God have Mercy on us. God bless the United States

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  6. Study Hillsdale College. They explicitly refuse all government aid, including aid given to their students. A long time ago they recognized what Dale Parkes (6/12 comment, above) stated. With government money comes government control.

    On the other side of this fence, look at the Roman Catholic Church which for many years has received major government funding for many of their charitable activities. For some time now, the government has tightened the abortion screws on these activities. Do what they want or shut down.

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  8. Not happy. But; some of the comments are correct. Government money always comes with conditions. Best to avoid the government at all costs. Best to not vote to give them any money for anything but the bare necessities.

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  9. 3 thoughts:
    * In the ’60’s, UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, demanded open expression, Now the very voice of Christian Colleges is endangered.
    * If religious speech goes, all freedom of expression is endangered.
    * As government’s role expands, free religious expression is outlawed.

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  10. This bill also says that students who attend religious schools which have religious rules that are contrary to federal law, can’t get federal grants to go to those religious schools. This is abrogating students’ freedom of speech.. Students choosing religious schools is not at all the same as the federal government endorsing any religion, which is why this bill is bullying, plain and simple. It’s religious hate.

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