I grew up in the Midwest and there was a saying that what happens in California will soon be followed by the rest of the nation. Will that be the case with the possible mandate that religious colleges and universities must change their policies about marriage and gender identity? We shall see!

California’s War on My Religious College and Others

I had a very weird college experience.

My memories aren’t of frat parties, of slugging down drinks in games of quarters or beer pong, of losing my voice cheering at big football games, and of hearing how evil Western civilization is in the classroom.

Instead, when I think of my four years at Thomas Aquinas College, I think of drawing Euclidean propositions on a chalkboard, of lively debates about Aristotle’s claims about ethics, of earnest discussions about things as obscure as the nature of being.

Thomas Aquinas College, located about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles in Santa Paula, California. (Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Aquinas College)

Thomas Aquinas College, located about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles in Santa Paula, California. (Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Aquinas College)

I remember how my heels clacked against the marble floor of the campus church, and seeing the California hills rising above the small campus. I recall nights in the women’s dorm when we’d pray the line from the Psalms that “peace be within thy walls” and weekends where, clinking beers in those hills ringing campus, we’d talk about everything from the campus gossip to philosophy.

My liberal arts college, as you might have guessed by now, was certainly religious. Thomas Aquinas College, located about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles in Santa Paula, California, is a Catholic institution and as “out” as you can get about its faith affiliation. There are crucifixes everywhere, a huge church that dominates the small campus, prayers that begin every class.

And now my college, along with other religious colleges, is under attack from California state legislators.

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Thank you for posting this article. I am not surprised at the latest from California. Jesus is much more popular today while He is safely in heaven. When He was walking here and telling people the loving truth they had quite a different way to treat Him. Wearing a cross and meaning it as identification rather than decoration has a price. Be blessed…


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