You might want to pay attention to this:
Cody Young is an evangelical Christian who attends a religious high school in Southern California. With stellar grades, competitive test scores and an impressive list of extracurricular activities, Mr. Young has mapped a future that includes studying engineering at the University of California and a career in the aerospace industry, his lawyers have said.
But Mr. Young, his teachers and his family fear his beliefs may hurt his chance to attend the university. They say the public university system, which has 10 campuses, discriminates against students from evangelical Christian schools, especially faith-based ones like Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, where Mr. Young is a senior.
Mr. Young, five other Calvary students, the school and the Association of Christian Schools International, which represents 4,000 religious schools, sued the University of California in the summer, accusing it of “viewpoint discrimination” and unfair admission standards that violate the free speech and religious rights of evangelical Christians.
And what was this ‘viewpoint’ discrimination? The colleges refused to accept a few of their classes:
The university maintains that under the state Constitution, the Board of Admissions and Relations With Schools, a faculty committee, has the authority to set academic standards for admissions. Ravi Poorsina, a spokeswoman for the university, said the goal was to ensure that entering students were well-prepared and competitive.
“This is not a viewpoint issue for us,” Ms. Poorsina said. “Teach whatever you want. We don’t want to be in the position of dictating what is taught. But we do have a right to set standards for admission, and ours are not unreasonable requirements.”
A lawyer for the Association of Christian Schools International, Wendell Bird, said the Calvary concerns surfaced two years ago when the admissions board scrutinized more closely courses that emphasized Christianity. In the last year, the board has rejected courses like Christianity’s Influence in American History, Special Provenance: Christianity and the American Republic, Christianity and Morality in American Literature and a biology course using textbooks from the Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Book, conservative Christian publishers.
The officials rejected the science courses because the curriculum differed from “empirical historical knowledge generally accepted in the collegiate community,” the suit said. Calvary was told to submit a secular curriculum instead. Courses in other subjects were rejected because they were called too narrow or biased.
For texts, Ms. Poorsina said, the university wants comprehensive and instructive overviews. A university fact sheet says publishers sometimes acknowledge their books are mainly to teach religion. The sheet has this excerpt from Bob Jones’s “Biology for Christian Schools,” used in unapproved courses, “The people who have prepared this book have tried consistently to put the Word of God first and science second.”
First, let me express my utter joy in the notion of white christians who attend private school being redefined as a ‘victims group.’ The ‘man’ is just keeping these poor religious folks down!. Second, what is really going on? Is it just a nasty secular university system trying to stamp God out of existence again? In short, no, and the NY Times article today went for so much ‘balance’ that we don’t know the whole story.
It is, on the other hand, a university system that refuses to certify students as competent in science and ready for admission when they are taugh using textbooks that deny evolution:
The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit last week claiming UC admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution. Other rejected courses include Christianity’s Influence in American History.
And remember what happened in Kansas in the past few weeks:
Risking the kind of nationwide ridicule it faced six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
The 6-4 vote was a victory for “intelligent design” advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.
Critics of the new language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and creationism into public schools in violation of the separation of church and state.
They aren’t ‘risking’ anything, really, because the ridicule is a certainty. At any rate, the Commisar wrote up a long piece on this several months ago, including a link some screen shots of the actual texts in question. I suggest you go check it out. In short, these folks are not being persecuted for their religion. They are being ‘persecuted’ because they are teaching their religion in place of science and other subjects.