Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 29, 2010

Homogenizing Free Speech

To the Editor:

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said that a California law school can require a Christian group to open its leadership positions to all students, including those who disagree with the group’s statement of faith.

In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito castigated the majority opinion as political correctness run amok, “The proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate,'” he wrote. “Today’s decision rests on a very different principle: no freedom for expression that offends prevailing standards of political correctness in our country’s institutions of higher learning. … Brushing aside inconvenient precedent, the Court arms public educational institutions with a handy weapon for suppressing the speech of unpopular groups—groups to which, as Hastings candidly puts it, these institutions ‘do not wish to … lend their name[s].’ … I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that today’s decision is a serious setback for freedom of expression in this country.”

All the Court did here was to motivate protester/activist classes on all sides of the political and religious spectrum to infiltrate and subvert those college campus groups with which they disagree.

Perhaps Christians will infiltrate Islamic, atheistic, communist, gay organizations, etc. and elect themselves to leadership positions–thus neutralizing the opposition. If they are denied membership or a leadership position, then perhaps they will also try to sue their opposition into silence and submission.

Do you think that such a turn about would be considered fair play? Ha! If a Christian wanted to infiltrate a homosexual or Muslim campus group with the purpose of neutralizing the group’s stated purpose, then the Christian would be called a bigot and in danger of being charged with a hate crime.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”


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