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.
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.