Saturday, June 25, 2016
If California Democrats have their way, Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to profess a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Senate Bill 1146 would close a loophole that lawmakers say allows Christian universities to discriminate against students based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
“All students deserve to feel safe in institutions of higher education, regardless of whether they are public or private,” said Senator Ricardo Lara, the author of the legislation. “California has established strong protections for the LGBTQ community and private universities should not be able to use faith as an excuse to discriminate and avoid complying with state laws.”
The legislation has already passed the Senate and is expected to clear hurdles in the Assembly. Thus far, Lara has refused to compromise with the state’s Christian colleges and universities.
“No university should have a license to discriminate,” he said in a statement.
If the loophole is closed, it would only exempt schools that prepare students for pastoral ministry.
“It discriminates against religious colleges, said John Jackson, the president of William Jessup University. “If we don’t play ball with state — the state will attempt to drive us out of existence.”
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The Danish People's Party (DPP) and the Red-Green Alliance (RGA) have renewed the demand for a vote on the Scandinavian nation’s membership of the Euro-bloc after the Leave camp’s success.
Leader of DPP, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, said Brussels had made its bed by underestimating the looming scepticism in Europe and now the Danish people must be given a chance to follow Britain out of the EU.
The right-wing politician said: “This shows that once against the EU completely underestimates people’s scepticism. The EU has made its bed.
“I also believe Danes should of course have a referendum on whether we want to follow Britain or stay in the EU.”
Mr Dalh’s call for a Danish referendum was echoed by the RGA, as its spokeswoman Pernille Skipper said she hoped the British people’s decision to leave would trigger a reform of the EU.
She said: “I hope Danish politicians take [Brexit] as a wake-up call. There is enormous scepticism among the population.
“Let us now have a referendum here as well.”
Credit to Express.co.uk