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GUILTY: For Just Being Christian
Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 07/20/2014 8:42:52 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, Kimberly Driscoll, is actively attempting to destroy Gordon College.

Dissatisfied with the Christian college, practicing its own beliefs, last week Driscoll began to take out her hostility against them. The angry tone of the actions taken against the school reveal a few things that are important for the rest of the nearly 6,400 Christian colleges in America to understand.

First and foremost--none of them are safe. Not a single one.

The activists--having lost the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court--are looking for a place to focus their vengeance. Christian schools now seem to be their target of choice.

Some backstory: Gordon's President Michael Lindsay signed a letter to President Obama asking for a waiver to be granted to Christian schools from his impending executive order. The President has pledged to compel Christian organizations that believe in biblical sexual practice--to be forced to violate that belief and hire people who violate those practices.

Almost universally across the spectrum Christian colleges and universities have "Behavioral Standards" codes that they ask employees and students to observe for the length of time they wish to be employed by or a student at said school.

The Christian school is desiring to advance and deepen the faith of the person attending. The school believes it is important to be consistent in moral worldview as well as moral practice so as to set a good example for the students. This is why when a professor at a state run university conducts themselves in immoral practices, no one knows nor cares. But if an instructor, faculty member, or President of a Christian college conducts an immoral choice--they are more often than not fired upon discovery.

From the Christian school's perspective, it is not wise to ask teachers to instruct something they themselves are not observing.

Almost universally across the spectrum Christian colleges also believe the Bible is the final authority on sexual practice. And the understanding of Biblically approved sexual practice is that it is reserved for man woman marriage, before God, for life. This is why students get kicked out of Christian colleges because they are discovered to be casually sexually involved with each other (and more than 99% of the time on the Christian college campus it is involvement in heterosexual behavior.)

To be clear Gordon College had not set up two different sets of rules--disallowing sex for students who wished to be involved in heterosexual behavior, and a different set of rules for those who wish to be involved in homosexual behavior. Nope--equal treatment under the Gordon College behavior standards was practiced. No sexual behavior by any student while a student outside of marriage period.

The only possible slight that might be able to be conceived was if the college had attempted to tell students who would claim they were married homosexuals. But those students likely would never have interest in studying at a school where core to the tenants of its belief system was rigorously observed biblical sexual standards.

Those who desire homosexual behavior do not simultaneously also desire biblical standards. The two are completely incompatible.

So the Mayor of Salem doesn't care for any of the standards of Gordon College. She doesn't like that they hold their students accountable to the student's own desires (they each agree to the behavioral code before attending.) And now she is attempting to destroy the school.

Which reveals something important to understand.

It is not enough to merely disagree with leftists. They will work with every bit of force they can muster to compel you into agreement with them.

In Driscoll's case she immediately tore up a contract with the school.

Gordon College had been caring for the town's Old Town Hall. They maintained it, had given tours to the community and visitors to the area. They had used it for Gordon events. And they had allowed outside groups to schedule events there as well--all part of the agreement with the town.

Never once has there been an accusation that the Christian college maintaining the Old Town Hall had ever prevented any single group from using the facility. Likewise there is no record of the college denying the use of the facility by people who disagree with their own behavioral standards.

But now the city will deny the school the opportunity to fulfill its contract, because the mayor disagrees with them.

In addition she is among those pushing hard to have Gordon College's accreditation stripped from their programs. Accreditation is one of the key attractions for people to attend colleges and universities, and in doing this the mayor is attempting to choke the very life out of an institution that has been part of it's community and the religious life of this nation for 125 years.

If successful in repealing Gordon's accreditation look for this strategy to be copied by endless numbers of activists against the 6400 Christian colleges across America. It's all part of an ugly and angry campaign to punish Christian colleges for being--in essence--Christian in what they believe, and what they practice.

The intolerance of the left and the ignorance of the faithless will only succeed if the faith-filled show complete indifference.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: christianity; christians; college; leftists; liberals; sexualbehavior

1 posted on 07/20/2014 8:42:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

So, what authority does a mayor have to de-accredit an institution of higher learning? Oh, yeah. This is Marxistchusetts.


2 posted on 07/20/2014 8:49:31 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Kaslin
The lesson here is that every elected office is very important. From mayor, tax collector, city council member up to and including president. If every single Evangelical
Christian had voted in every election since 1992 our country would be a different place.
3 posted on 07/20/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: fwdude

Satan reveals himself. Who in hell does Driscoll think she is?


4 posted on 07/20/2014 8:53:30 AM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: Kaslin

I guess we all have to become muslims to have freedom of religion and be left alone by atheists liberals and progessives


5 posted on 07/20/2014 8:55:47 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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Impeach the bitch.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 8:56:08 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: LALALAW

I take it we are taking about different Kimberly Driscoll than the one referenced below:
http://www.jurgita.com/models-id166588.html


7 posted on 07/20/2014 8:56:49 AM PDT by BilLies ( it isn't the color of the skin, but culture that is embraced that degrades.)
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To: Kaslin

This mayor’s actions are described in Romans 1. Paul had hard words for leaders such as this. Also, this leader is described in Matthew 23 even though she isn’t a pharisee. She is a leader, who seeks to impose rules on others that she herself would not follow or would exempt herself from placing burdens on others for gain. Jesus had harsh words for leaders like this also. There is going to be a lot of gnashing of teeth amongst these leaders in hell soon.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 8:57:30 AM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: Kaslin

I guess it is fitting a witch is now Mayor of Salem.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 9:05:43 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Well, I do not know why anyone is so upset. Salem has a known history of Whitch Trails.

Does everyone forget what Massholes did to the Kindergarten after school care family in the late 80’s?


10 posted on 07/20/2014 9:08:19 AM PDT by DanZ
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To: DanZ

This was when Dukakis was Governor, nuff said


11 posted on 07/20/2014 9:16:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

BUT rampant APATHY could care less...
Apathy in the US.... is like a spreading disease..


12 posted on 07/20/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin

From the Mayor of Salem’s website:

Salem, MA – In an effort to ensure the City of Salem continues standing on the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality on the North Shore and beyond, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Police Chief Paul Tucker have designated official liaisons for Salem’s LGBT community through the Mayor’s Office and Police Department.

“As our nation awaits the release of two historic decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court for the LGBT community, and as Salem prepares to host the 2nd Annual North Shore Pride Parade & Festival this weekend, it is important that our City government officially designates direct points of contact in the Mayor’s Office and Police Department for those among the LGBT community who live, visit, or work in the City of Salem,” said Mayor Driscoll.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 9:45:23 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: LALALAW
Satan reveals himself. Who in hell does Driscoll think she is?

Satan's emissary.

14 posted on 07/20/2014 10:28:53 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: BilLies

“I take it we are taking about different Kimberly Driscoll than the one referenced below”

Well, since most Democrat women are ugly, I think we can bank on that!


15 posted on 07/20/2014 10:33:02 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: BilLies

Here’s the real deal: http://salem.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/key-takeaways-from-mayor-driscolls-ask-me-anything-on-reddit


16 posted on 07/20/2014 10:34:14 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Kaslin
This is why students get kicked out of Christian colleges because they are discovered to be casually sexually involved with each other (and more than 99% of the time on the Christian college campus it is involvement in heterosexual behavior.)

I'm sure the verynotion of heterosexual behaviour is terribly disconcerting to the mayor. Think of all the discrimination against queers that implies, nay- defines in political correctness.

17 posted on 07/20/2014 10:44:53 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: silverleaf

Interesting twist on that thought, but liberals are very much like muslims. If you don’t agree with them they will run you out of business, they will destroy your credibility, and demand you pay their jiyza tax in 0bamacare...

When one really looks at what they are demanding and compare it to the demands of ISIS, there’s very little difference, except maybe for the sword part(for now).

It is the same psychological mentality. This is why I believe they don’t go after muslims, but instead give them a pass. This is why in the historical context the Third Reich got along with Islamists. It is the shear brutality of the ‘convert or die’...’convert or don’t do business’...

Religion stands in the way, because good Christians know not to put mammon first.


18 posted on 07/20/2014 11:39:10 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: Kaslin

Just say NO!


19 posted on 07/20/2014 3:00:30 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: fwdude

The appropriate reply is to have every student register to vote as a Salem resident and vote her out of office in the next city election.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 4:17:36 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Kaslin
GUILTY: For Just Being Christian

It comes with the territory...




1 Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

John 15:18
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

John 17:14
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

1 John 3:11-15
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

21 posted on 07/20/2014 7:12:11 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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