California drops the proposed law targeting religious colleges

As we blogged about, the California legislature was all set to pass a law punishing Christian colleges if they “discriminate” against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.  Colleges would be unable to set behavior standards for students and would have to hire faculty members who didn’t believe in the religious position of the institution.  This would effectively shut down evangelical, Catholic, Lutheran, Muslim, and other religious institutions–or force them to change their teachings.

Due to the concerted effort of California religious institutions, religious liberty protests, political pressure, and widespread criticism, the legislator who proposed the measure has dropped the discrimination measure from his bill.  Colleges would still have to report to the state any expulsions for homosexual behavior and any other invocations of the religious exemption.  But for now, California’s religious schools have won an important victory. [Read more…]

After School Satan Clubs 

Satanists are planning “After School Satan Clubs” for elementary children. Satanists are targeting school districts that allow for after school Christian activities, taking advantage of religious liberty rulings to promote their anti-religion.

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Free catechism flash cards

Concordia Publishing House is offering free flash cards and memory cards to help in learning Luther’s Small Catechism.  You can download them here.  Thanks, CPH, for making available such a helpful resource!

HT:  Mary Moerbe

The Weimar problem

From George Will:

“Every republic,” writes Charles Kesler, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, “eventually faces what might be called the Weimar problem.” It arrives when a nation’s civic culture has become so debased that the nation no longer has “the virtues necessary to sustain republican government.”

Read my comments and questions after the jump.

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Oberlin students demand end to grades below C

Students at Oberlin, which has the reputation as a good school, are demanding that the administration abolish any grades below C.  And while they are at it, they should abolish midterms and essay questions, replacing them with a conversation with a professor.  Their reasoning is that they have too much to do, what with their activism on top of their course loads.  Also, they are paying for their attendance and need to get what they want from it. [Read more…]

Classical Lutheran Education

The Lutheran educational tradition, according to Thomas Korcok, is classical liberal arts education + catechesis.  In his book Lutheran Education, Dr. Korcok, now a professor at Concordia Chicago, shows how the enthusiasts just wanted Bible-reading schools; the humanists just wanted classical education; the pietists just wanted vocational training; the Enlightenment just wanted science education–but orthodox Lutherans at every stage insisted on classical education + catechesis.  More and more Lutheran schools are returning to that double emphasis.

The 16th annual conference of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education will be held at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, July 19-21.  The theme will be “A Pedagogy of Goodness” (the last two years featuring the other absolutes of truth and beauty).  Dr. Korcok will be one of our speakers.  I’ll be leading a series of workshops on Moral Education and Literature.  See the other speakers and topics after the jump.

As well as teachers, principals, and pastors, we welcome homeschoolers, future teachers, students, and anybody just interested in the Lutheran approach to classical Christian education.

Go here  for details and registration information.  I’d love to see you there and meet you in person! [Read more…]