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Everyone loves an underdog. Well, almost everyone. While the rest of the country rallies around Oral Roberts University, cheering on the Cinderella of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament, USA Today says the slipper doesn’t fit. The small Tulsa college is evangelical, they announce, as if it’s news. That means they believe the Bible. And if they believe the Bible, an editor argues, there should be no place for them on the court — or anywhere else in polite society.
“Oral Roberts isn’t the ‘feel good’ story we need,” the headline screams. Forget the heart it took for these players to topple powerhouses like Ohio State. Ignore the improbable run they’re on toward a national title. All that matters is that they have Christians beliefs that “can’t and shouldn’t be ignored.” The university is “deeply bigoted,” Hemal Jhaveri insists, and as it enters the rare air of the Sweet Sixteen, her goal is to make sure they never get there again.
“While the school has been soundly mocked on social media for its archaic standards of behavior and code of conduct that bans profanity, ‘social dancing,’ and shorts in classrooms,” she writes, “it is the school’s discriminatory and hateful anti-LGBTQ+ policy that fans should protest as the Golden Eagles advance in the tournament… [A]s part of their honor code, the university requires students to abide by a pledge saying that they will not engage in ‘homosexual activity,’ and that they will not be united in marriage other ‘than the marriage between one man and one woman.'” . . .
She goes on to make the case that Christians like these kids shouldn’t even be allowed to compete. “[The team] earned a ticket to the Big Dance even though the university’s foundations expressly go against the very things the NCAA say they value. The fact is, any and all anti-LGBTQ+ language in any school’s polices should ban them from NCAA competition… Whatever the Oral Roberts men’s basketball team manages to do on the court can’t obscure the dangerous and hateful ideology of its core institution.” . . .
If you follow her logic to its natural conclusion, this isn’t just about sports. If orthodox Christians don’t belong in basketball, why should they be allowed in business, entertainment, education, government, or medicine? If Christianity behind closed doors, on private property, in a private school, is now a target of outrage, where do you draw the line? Extremists like Jhaveri wouldn’t. . . .
Because the real goal here isn’t just pushing ORU to the exits. It’s about driving all Bible-believing Christians, Christian education, and Christian institutions into some sort of spiritual ghetto — far away from the public square. It’s the idea that religion is something we should keep to ourselves. And eventually, as we’ve seen in oppressive regimes throughout history, even that won’t be enough.
The Left hasn’t fully implemented their plans, because they haven’t had the benefit of another radical president in the White House to build on Barack Obama’s legacy. Now they do. And his intentions could not be clearer: surgically target people of biblical faith. With the Equality Act, Joe Biden would light to the torch to the First Amendment, giving Democrats the power to demand conformity on the party’s only true religion: LGBT orthodoxy. . . .
What they don’t realize is, in the face of intolerant crusades like Jhaveri’s, their concessions wouldn’t matter. ORU wouldn’t be protected from a private organization like the NCAA under Fairness for All — nor would any Christian entity. Their players would be left like any believer who wants to participate in the culture: twisting in the wind, with no power to fight back. Maybe Fairness for All would protect them from the government’s mandates (for now), but their island would have no shade from the rest of society’s heat. Nothing would stop the NCAA or any other organization with student ties from cutting off biblical institutions at the knees — including medical programs, debate teams, science competitions, internships, scholarships, research fellowships, training programs, you name it. Under a law like this, it’s only a matter of time before Christians are stranded on the island they traded their constitutional rights for.
“It’s hard to imagine higher stakes,” Dr. Albert Mohler warns. “Because we’re talking about nothing less than the future of religious liberty in this nation.” Finally, the church — which has been lulled to sleep under false assurances for too long — has no excuse. The Left’s true agenda, which they’ve worked to disguise for years, is hidden no more. “Many fellow Christians think they can escape the cultural conflict over LGBT-related issues,” FRC’s Travis Weber has warned. “They really don’t think it will come to the door of their home or their church — or their school. Yet it’s coming to our doorsteps, whether we like it or not.” The time to stand is now. . . .
How will you take a stand against this? Share in the comments below!
(Excerpt from Family Research Council. Photo Credit: Unsplash.)
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Yes, we DO know what the left wing, socialist agenda is!! We now have a government that is totally hostile to Christians! They are clear, they are open, and they are out to destroy the church and Christianity! Dr. Mohler is absolutely right! The church has been lulled to sleep for years! How about we wake up and stand up? We have too many Shepherds who are afraid to preach ALL of God’s Word! Political correctness and “wokeness” is rampant in some churches. Thank God there are some pastors who are standing, unafraid, and boldly speaking truth. We can no longer remain silent. Surely by now we understand that we are on the brink of losing our religious freedom! We have to get involved and speak up. We can NO LONGER be the SILENT MAJORITY! Pray, as though everything depends on God, but work, like everything depends on us!
Stand we must! And stand I will!
I am fairly new to IFA but I am so grateful for your coverage of news that is essential to our Christian lives. It has become my go to source along with Epoch. Lord, please raise a hedge of protection around this team of talented athletes, growing in righteousness for your glory and ORU. In your name I pray, Amen!
Research Hemal’s carefully screened and hidden background. She has been disciplined before for “statements” but now with the unchecked “underground hatred” publicly accepted by the left wing extremists who are trying to force change upon our nation, she feels she can get away with hate filled rhetoric like this.
USA Today was once a decent news source with balanced opinions but that disappeared long ago as certain journalistic extremists took over running their paper/digital version of modern day Goebbels propaganda.
Pray for her because seeing people like her spew such hateful opinions means they are completely lost. They don’t care about equality (only as they see it), respect for codes of conduct (because it differs from their “opinion”) or that other people in this world have the freedom and choice to live according to their beliefs. Did she come to America to “force” us to believe as she does – in a nation that gave her the right to freely express her opinion (whereas she didn’t have that right before)? She has no concept of what real freedom is and her goal is to use her bully pulpit to spread that diseased thinking.
Amen, You are absolutely right!
This rhetoric sounds just like Nazi Germany’s attitude towards the Jews. Once they get through eliminating Christians from polite society, when will they start rounding us up to purge us? We better get real serious, real fast about this people! Folks have already been fired from their jobs simply because of their faith. This is no longer just a possibility. Pray!!
ORU deserve to be at the NCAA basketball tournament. They have worked hard and no one should deny there being there. This is discrimination. I pray God’s intervention. We Christians need to stand up and not be quite. Enough is enough.