?Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ?We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.? But the men who had gone up with him said, ?We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.?? -Numbers 13: 30-31. NASB.
Over the last two years, I have received scores of ?atta boy? emails from faculty and staff across the country. While congratulating me for my stand against anti-conservative and anti-Christian policies in higher education, few have showed any interest in joining the fight. Put simply, their fears of reprisal outweigh their principles, not to mention their faith in God.
But my frustration with these faithless high-fivers recently came to an end when I got the following email from a professor at N.C. State University:
Here's a copy of a statement I made to the last open forum of the Chancellor Search committee this afternoon:
My name is Ed Gehringer. I'm an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. I'm here on behalf of the Christian Faculty/Staff Community, an organization of 135 faculty and staff who attest to the saving grace of Jesus Christ in their lives. Our group includes most, if not all, of the faculty advisors of Christian student organizations on campus.
In the last two years, the administration at UNC-Chapel Hill has attempted three times to restrict the rights of Christian students on campus. The first time, the university backed down after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education came to the aid of the students. The second time, the student government tried to withhold funding to religious student groups, in direct violation of a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The administration did not step in.
At the last hearing, I said that we need an NCSU Chancellor who is sensitive to the religious rights of students. The committee seemed not to sense the danger. Then, three days later, Moeser revoked the recognition of a Christian fraternity at UNC. Thank you, Chancellor Moeser, for making my case.
The complaint charged that requiring religious qualifications for membership was religious discrimination. And even more egregious, it said that the requirement that members abstain from sex outside of marriage discriminated against homosexual students.
What's wrong with placing requirements on members of a fraternity? Isn't that what pledging is all about?