Discrimination and Civil Rights!
Discrimination and Civil Rights
Two Can Play This Game
Calvary Church of Thousand Oaks, California has a Christian School. In order to ensure that their teachers are in fact exemplifying godly character and actually embody the faith they are hired to represent, promote and support, the school administration required ALL teachers and staff to write a statement of faith and provide a personal testimonial from their pastors. Failure to do so would result in the severance of the teacher from employment at this institution. Two preschool teachers refused to provide the statement of faith and instead of accepting the consequences of their actions, they retained legal representation and filed a lawsuit against the church and school.
The question at hand is whether or not a private institution has the right to enact requirements of employees, members and customers that they deem foundational to their very reason for existence. To give a few examples, can a five star restaurant require formal attire be worn by their patrons? Can NOW (National Organization for Women) choose who qualifies for membership based on their aims, goals and agenda? Does the NAACP have the same prerogative? Would the NAACP have the right to weed out “undesirables” from their potential members who they deemed unsupportive of their reason for charter? If one million white, conservative Americans applied for membership tomorrow, what do you think the NAACP would do? It is my contention that they would immediately convene a leadership meeting and determine ways in which to retain their focus and agenda and that plan would include a means of weeding out the undesirable candidates for membership. I contend that this “discrimination” is not only their RIGHT, but necessary for their survival! If this “discrimination” is NOT their right, then let’s begin immediately to undermine their organization and thwart their purpose.
Private institutions, regardless of Civil Rights Laws have EVERY RIGHT to express their heartfelt beliefs no matter how despicable, as long as those beliefs don’t translate into the violation of the Constitutional Rights of others. This is specifically why “skinheads and Nazis”, as reprehensible as they are have the right to exist, speak their minds and exclude from membership anyone who does NOT share their views. Although white Americans are allowed membership in the NAACP, that organization has every right to exclude from membership those who would seek to steal their mission and redirect it! Likewise the NOW has the same right to bar from membership those who would thwart their purpose.
Discrimination is life! Wise parents teach their children to discriminate from an early age. Our instruction should be based on principle and their moral well being in life, but every individual parent must decide for themselves what those moral principles are. My principles of discrimination are based on my faith and the moral code derived from Biblical teaching. Some may choose to discriminate based on race, religion, gender, etc! The important issue is that every individual must be FREE to establish their own criteria for discrimination. Government’s role is simply to facilitate the right of every individual to act according to their conscience. It is NOT government’s role to correct the wrongs they perceive in society through ENSLAVEMENT! It is society’s role to correct these wrongs through ENLIGHTENMENT and EDUCATION. May the communicators of the most reasoned arguments guide the nation and marginalize those who stray from societal norms. Even still, those who choose to continue such behavior MUST be allowed to continue to follow their conscience regardless of how reprehensible. Marginalization is the limit of our control over free individuals until those free individuals act to restrict or steal the Constitutional Rights of others!
This is a First Amendment issue which Constitutional Perverts are attempting to destroy under the guise of “Civil Rights”! Let me know what you think!
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