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…]