Archive for April, 2013

CHEA President Judith Eaton speaks to the challenges and opportunities ahead for our system of higher education accreditation in this podcast just released by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Worth a listen.


Students have always known that college dorms were a poor substitute for  home, but what the University of Nebraska-Kearney argued in federal court  last week is a stunner: the University’s counsel argued (in trying to deny that students had fair housing rights) that dorms are more like jail than residential housing. Yup, you read that right. According to the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s argument in federal court, students should just feel like they’re inmates, because they ARE inmates. Dorms are like jail. The university said so before a federal judge.

In case you missed this recent case news (4/19/13), the U.S. Federal District Court for Nebraska ruled against the University of Nebraska-Kearney in a “fair housing” dispute with one of its students, Continue reading

When the music of this passage began, King George, I believe, made a statement about royal authority and honor: the Christian King of England is not the Supreme Authority, but he is under authority and must show honor and respect to his Supreme Lord, the King of Kings. Just as people rise to show honor and respect in the presence of their English Royals, King George could do no less, as one under Authority.

Read on . . .

[Back at Easter 2013 while we were blasting the Hallelujah chorus over our home stereo for our grand children to hear in all its glory,  my wife reminded me of this observation I made  a few years back about why the King stood for the chorus. The posture of standing–showing respect and honor in the presence of royalty, civil and ecclesiastical authorities–is something we should learn anew in a secular and egalitarian age. Here’s my argument for why the King George stood that day and why we should still do so today.]

King George II stood up at the performance of George Frederick Handel’s “Hallelujah chorus” on March 23, 1743. No one knows for sure why he stood. He never explained his actions.

The most popular and most repeated modern myth is that “he was so moved” or “overcome by emotion” by the music that he felt compelled to stand. A few simple observations undermine this thin explanation: Continue reading

This is an excellent response by Wheaton’s Provost Stanton Jones to an anonymous homosexual professor’s open letter accusations against conservative Christian colleges, published by Inside Higher Ed. Here is a short excerpt. I encourage you to read the whole letter.

“I affirm and even celebrate your right to disagree with theological and moral convictions that have been embraced by the Christian denominations for 2,000 years. This is part of the core of religious freedom. At the same time I affirm and celebrate the right of religious institutions – denominations, churches, schools, social service agencies and others – to stand for precisely these theological and moral convictions and to constitute themselves as they see fit by employing individuals who fully identify with those defining convictions, as I have argued earlier in this publication.

“Beyond individual religious freedom, a key facet of the constitutionally protected right of religious liberty is the right to the free exercise of religious belief, the right for religious persons to form themselves into organizations without external interference by government or government actors. You argue, “Much of this debate at your institutions hinges on biblical hermeneutics.” It does indeed, and each institution’s stand on biblical hermeneutics is as much an intrinsic and integral part of its religious identity as other aspects of its belief systems.”

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Inside Higher Ed

Seems to me that if you have to pass such legislation, in a state as politically conservative as Idaho no less, you’re admitting that your government universities have already developed an institutional culture that fundamentally restricts and threatens religious freedom and religious expression. Such culture, promoted and protected by overwhelmingly a- and anti-religious faculty and administrators, won’t and can’t be changed by legislation. 

Idaho Passes Law Protecting Religious Pluralism on Campus – The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – FIRE.