Not only would a proposed California bill threaten the existence of Christian colleges, it would also prevent many minorities from attending those schools.
In addition to forcing religious colleges to accommodate LGBT individuals, legislative bill SB1146 would cut funding for low-income, minority students wanting to attend private religious colleges. So says Brad Dacus of the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute.
"Low-income, minority students - if this becomes law - will have to choose between attending a Christian college without funding, which will probably be impossible,” he explains, “or having to have less choice, less opportunity, and attend a college that is non-Christian."
Dacus says the graduation rates for African-Americans attending religious schools is 60 percent; 70 percent for Latinos. By comparison, the rate for both groups in the state system is about nine percent.
"The animosity toward Christian colleges and universities and favoritism to the LGBT agenda is so strong that they are willing to sacrifice, to make the sacrifice on that altar, with low-income, minority students no longer having the same opportunity as other students," he says.
The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill August 11 before sending it to the full legislature for a vote.