Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chipping away at spiritual values

There's a battle for religious liberty and integrity being fought on the campus at Vanderbilt University where CNN reports eleven religious have formed a coalition to protest the school's new anti-discrimination policy. They believes the policy threatens the integrity of their organisations.

The policy requires student organisations open membership and even leadership roles to anyone, including those who do not share the organisations values or beliefs.

A Catholic organisation has already chosen to leave campus rather than comply, giving a straight forward explanation:
After much reflection, discussion, and prayer, we have decided that Vanderbilt Catholic cannot in good conscience affirmthat we comply with this policy. While organizational skills and leadership abilities are important qualifications for leaders of Vanderbilt Catholic, the primary qualification for leadership is Catholic faith and practice. We are a faith-based organization. A Catholic student organization led by someone who neither professes the Catholic faith norstrives to live it out would not be able to serve its members as an authentically Catholic organization. Wecannot sign the affirmation form and remain an RSO (registered student organisation) because to do so would be to lie to the university and to ourselves about who we are as an organization.
It appears Vanderbilt has fallen into typical leftist social engineering under the guise of an anti-discrimination policy, but this comes at the expense spiritual beliefs and religious conscience by making them secondary to the constraints imposed by secular policy.

Our American society has long had resistance worn down as the politically correct tout values of  inclusiveness and celebrating diversity, but don't overlook what's lost in embracing these values. 

To demand a religious organisation accept members outside its shared spiritual embrace dilutes and displaces the role of religious faith. Those practicing discernment can see it risks destroying the organisations from within. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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