Ethical ammunition and Discrimination…
 A statement that we can grow individually and by nation



There has been a lot of debate this month within the country and at our meetings over education and religion. We have been closely following Georgia’s split over their proposed ‘religious liberty bill’. The opposition says it will encourage discrimination and that the laws currently in place are effective enough. America has in its First Amendment freedom of worship and this alongside the Federal Religous freedom and Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) is sufficient. They both provide for freedom of worship  for — “not just Baptists, not just Christians, but people of all faiths, and even people of no faith.” Pennington-Russell ( lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur). Concern is the new  bill competes against civil rights in trying to establish religious freedom claims; law scholars  also disputed the bill as it stands. James Lamkin (pastor of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, sums it up, “Additional pages of legislation may be offered out of good intentions, but I believe unintended consequences will ensue and make the issue more confusing and complicated and litigious,” A concern we all have, here in Virginia our thoughts are, that in pursuing  issues dogmatically we can lose site of the wider implications. Have you been following this debate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


All students have the right to an unbiased education but also to attend Faith based colleges


Another debate held at the beginning of the month involved leaders of the Jewish, Baptist and Catholic  Universities, discussing faith based higher education and its value to society by encouraging students to grow in wisdom and learn the value of values. The consensus was that a mixture of faith based and secular education is essential to the growth of the country,  students need not only  to gain an education but to do so  in an environment which focuses their purpose —” not just to have ideas but to know what to do with them.” Richard Joel ( president of Yeshiva University in New York).  Joel is also concerned about where students will find the “ethical ammunition” to develop into responsible citizens. The concern by these Universities is being driven by recent regulation changes  and guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ and the proposed Department of Education’s rating system for colleges and Universities. This has created a lively debate within our team as well, with some who share the concern and others who feel their faith lends itself to the moral education of our children from the home and the church, mosque or synagogue. Let us know what you think as this is something we consider that we could be offering a input on.

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