A college in Louisiana has cut ties with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities over an LGBT initiative.
Louisiana College has dropped its membership with the CCCUU. The college, affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, disagrees with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities for adopting the "Fairness for All" compromise that affirms biblical beliefs about marriage and sexuality but also backs sexual orientation laws.
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, says that according to his understanding, CCCU believes it is inevitable that these types of laws are going to be universalized so it's better to step ahead preemptively and get the religious liberty exemptions locked in. He calls that a defensive argument.
"I'm inclined to agree with the many who would say that it's a little bit presumptuous or a little bit maybe too early to semi-surrender at this point," he shares with OneNewsNowm "and that even if we are bound to lose on that issue, still it's a matter of conviction to inscribe into law specific protections for a vague category known as 'sexual orientation.' That's a dangerous precedent."
Tooley says some other colleges, after hearing from their own constituency, may follow the lead of Louisiana College and step away from the CCCU. Nine Southern Baptist colleges and universities remain among the Council's member institutions.
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities was in the news recently for treading on "very dangerous ideological ground" when it hosted Rep. Nancy Pelosi, one of the most liberal Democrats in Congress, at a recent conference. An IRD intern who reported on that conference said the House speaker essentially "lecture[d] the audience on how the Christian faith seemingly demands that Christians support her ideas on immigration."