California, please don’t suppress faith on campus!
Religious liberty is under attack on California college campuses! Senator Ricardo Lara has introduced SB 1146 which would ban any college that accepts public funding from exercising their religion. Christian colleges would no longer be able to hold faculty and students to ethical standards based on religious conviction. If passed, this law would allow the government to persecute religious schools like Biola University.
Biola, one of the leading Christian universities in the nation, has denounced SB 1146. If this law passes, religious colleges in California could no longer require students to adhere to a profession of faith, could no longer incorporate religious beliefs in their curriculum, could no longer require chapel attendance (which Biola believes is an “integral part of the learning experience at faith-based universities”), could no longer require students to take Bible courses, and could no longer offer students spiritual direction or lead faith-based community service programs.
Colleges in California could no longer be distinctively Christian.
In essence, SB 1146 would compromise the very things that make universities like Biola different from their secular counterparts, namely that they are Christian universities. College attendance is voluntary. Prospective students that disagree with Biola’s statement of faith can choose from 307 other colleges and universities in the state of California (153 public and 152 private). This law isn’t about discrimination against transgender individuals—it’s about discriminating against Christians and forcing people of faith to compromise the essence of who they are and what they believe.
Christian colleges and universities are essential to maintaining the health of the church in America. Students who attend Christian colleges are equipped for a lifetime of service in the body of Christ. Eliminating Christians’ ability to set standards of belief and practice at (private!) religious colleges will devastate the religious health of generations of Californian young people.
Please stand with us in fighting against SB 1146. We cannot allow the state of California to muzzle people of faith and legislate us into silence. This is an issue of critical importance. We must stand together to make our voice heard and our strength felt.
Sign the petition, voice your opinion and rally members of your church and community to do the same. America has always been a land of the free and we cannot allow SB1146 to make us the land of the silenced.
Sign this petition now!
Please vote NO on SB 1146