Friday, June 22, 2007


Senate to Give Green Light to Religious Discrimination?

Should the U.S. Department of Education force the nation’s educational accrediting agencies to grant accreditation to universities with histories of religiously based discrimination, such as Bob Jones University?

The U.S. Senate, under intense pressure from religious colleges, is considering just such a measure.

A letter opposing the change from Americans United for Separation of Church and State notes that “the nation has a long and shameful history of colleges and universities that have discriminated against faculty and students.”

AU's letter observes that Bob Jones University had actively pushed policies barring admission of African-Americans and prohibited students from interracial dating. The university’s founder also attacked the Catholic Church as a “satanic cult” and claimed that gay alumni could not return to campus.

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