Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Professor Stands For Christianity--Against Vanderbilt University

GOP Candidate Debate. I watched the debate last night as many of you likely did and was once again impressed with the quality of all the candidates. Recently, including yesterday, a number of people have called or emailed me asking who I favor at this point. Frankly, I'm deciding. One thing was reaffirmed. I believe there are a number of highly qualified people in the race. That is reassuring, given the state of our nation. We certainly need a spiritual renewal, but we also need leadership in the White House.
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Recently, Vanderbilt University, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, told the Christian groups on campus they were in violation on non-discrimination policy for requiring their leaders to share the beliefs, goals and values of their respective groups.

"Comply or be shut down," they said.

The groups---Christian Legal Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, among others, each have a constitution that includes a clause restricting leadership positions to individuals who share the group's core religious beliefs.

A Vanderbilt political science professor has now taken a stand---against the university.

Brian Fischer with American Family Association says the action by Vanderbilt "is a flagrant example of religious bigotry."

He points out their Christian heritage and says, "Now they've started to recognize Wiccan holidays...so at the same time they're driving Christians off campus, they're welcoming witches and warlocks to their campus."

"They will not let leaders of the Christian Legal Society be required to lead Bible studies," he said, "but, I'm guessing they are probably protecting the right of the Wiccan groups on campus to make sure that their leaders are adept at leading Satanic rituals."

Fischer says, "They claim to be the voices of tolerance, but they are the most intolerant batch of bigots on the face of the land."

Indeed.

Now Dr. Carol Swaim, political professor, is taking a public stand against her own university.

She says, "I believe that there's a move afoot...to secularize the campus religion so that you end up with some feel good groups that... cannot say anything negative that might hurt someone else's feelings."

The professor says its a time for Christians to sound the alarm, "A time for Americans to wake up."

Well said Professor.

And I think many are waking up. And beginning to heed the call.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to "sound the alarm" and advocate action.

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8 comments:

  1. Brian Fisher is concerned about being a victime of "religious bigotry", and then worries that Wiccan group leaders will be 'leading Satanic rituals'.

    The best cure for bigotry is getting past false stereotypes. Perhaps he could cure his own religious bigotry by learning what campus Wicca groups are really about.

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  2. 10:26 What are campus Wiccan groups really about?

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  3. 10:55am

    Don't you have internet and google? It's not about satanism. That is a christian misconception. It varies greatly, but the Wiccans I know are about oneness with the earth. A harmonious existence with others and our environment & universe. Wisdom and creativity. Treating others well.

    Probably about just the opposite of what most christians have been taught.

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  4. I checked out what Wiccans believe and found this.

    The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief:
    1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

    2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

    3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called ‘supernatural’, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

    4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.

    5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

    6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

    7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.

    8. Calling oneself ‘Witch’ does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seek to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to others and in harmony with nature.

    9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

    10.Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be ‘the only way’ and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

    11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

    12.We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as ‘Satan’ or ‘the Devil’ as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

    13.We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

    Due to Weschcke's efforts these principles were later incorporated into the army's 'Chaplains handbook' for use in the U.S. Army. Shortly after this achievement the Council of American Witches disbanded, this due mainly to the difficulties inherent in reconciling differences among its many member traditions. The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief lived on however, and today many American Witches continue to endorse it.



    Sources


    The Encyclopedia of Witches &Witchcraft - by Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

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  5. Speaking of religious bigotry, does anyone have any concerns about a Mormon for president?

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  6. Vanderbuilt University discriminates about who they admit to their university as students, at least I hope they do. So what is the big deal when a club discriminates about who to let into their club?

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  7. Gary said,
    "...was once again impressed with the quality of all the candidates...".

    Ok - so my stomach began to autonomically heave when I read this...

    Herman Cain, Federal Reserve Chairman (did you know that?), REJECTED audits of the Fed - and then denies it.... (Thanks Dr. Ron Paul for exposing this phoney corporatist plant!!).

    Michelle Bachman, supposedly Biblically literate, defines "wives submit yourselves to your husbands" as "mutual respect"....

    Oooopppssss.....

    And your impressed with the quality of ALL the candidates??

    Gary, if you were a vaticanist, you would be telling children about the magic cookie and kool-aid... because that is the ideology that you wed youself into.

    Come out to the freedom of Christ!!

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  8. This is about nondiscrimination policies and has cropped up in other universities.

    The college says that religious discrimination (as well as that involving race, ethnicity etc) are forbidden in official school organizations that represent the school by their existence. Being an official club you get money from the student fees that are collected, the ability to use rooms and places at the university for events from meetings to gatherings, and the like.

    Now all these public student groups knew this and had anti discrimination clauses in the memberships, but these few groups said they could discriminate in the club's leadership. That is the problem - they are discriminating by a forbidden criteria, religion. Our government doesn't allow religious litmus tests why would a university?

    So rather than tell you, you tell me how you can allow this and not also allow student groups with racially, ethnically, and the like discriminatory leadership rules also?

    (Oh and other school groups have gotten around this by making the eligibility for leadership fairly rigorous - you have to have attended x number of meetings, all voting members have to have attended x number of meetings, have to participated in such and such debates or question answer forums, have to win the vote by x %, etc. All things that don't go against discrimination policies but pretty much guarantee that there will be no packing of the house on voting day and everyone voting knows quite a bit about the person they are voting for.)

    How do you institute a religious litmus test in a public organizations funded by all students, under the auspices of a university, and remain true to American values?

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