Where Religious Toleration and Campus Free Speech Intersect

Christian universities have long been a part of the United States’ educational landscape, but Mary Eberstadt notes in The Federalist that there have been increasing “legal and other attacks on Christian colleges, Christian associations and clubs, Christian schools, Christian students, and Christian homeschooling,” including calls to deny accreditation to Christian schools.

For instance, Trinity Western University, a Christian university in Canada, is facing a difficult accreditation battle because of the code of conduct it expects its community members to abide by.

Christian clubs have also faced difficulties. The Christian Legal Society lost a 2011 Supreme Court case (CLS v. Martinez) over whether it could restrict the leadership positions in its club to those who were Christians.

While Eberstadt argues that secular “activists today do not tolerate genuine diversity, including and es­pecially in the realm of ideas,” she ends with a note of optimism:

“Today’s renewed interest outside religious quarters in the fate of free speech on campus is one hopeful sign that this, too, might pass, and maybe even that religious education may yet find allies it didn’t know it had—at least if consistency and tolerance are allowed to rule.”

More Blog Posts

09-02-2020 01:00pm

How Market-Based Management® cultivates a contribution mindset

The Koch Associate Program (KAP), a year-long opportunity that blends professional development with real work experience, works with early-career professionals who want to discover their passions, develop their unique talents, and jumpstart their careers as social entrepreneurs.

Read more

08-28-2020 01:00pm

How families and students — not institutions — are innovating education

We recently spoke with Adam Peshek, a Charles Koch Institute senior fellow, who covers a range of education policy issues, from education choice to innovative learning models.

Read more

08-18-2020 02:26pm

Customizing K-12 education to meet the individual needs of students and families

CKI's Lisa Snell offers her perspective on how the ongoing pandemic may affect education, challenges of our current educational system, and how she’d like to see a “permissionless” system.

Read more

Sign up for updates