Los Angeles Pacific University
Analysis of Supporting and Opposing Perspectives
Senate Bill 1146 seems to split individuals as it is firmly based on Postsecondary Discrimination based on sexual orientation. While this bill is a controversial topic especially for Christians, it reflects our fallen world. Many believers' are firmly opposed to this bill because it basically forces faith-based institutions to abide by these new standards that do not align with fundamental Christian values. On the opposite side, this bill allows college students the power to force this matter of "discrimination" on private institutions and that is simply unnecessary.
Suppose a student feels discriminated against in an educational environment. In that case, they can choose another institution that suits their unique needs while this bill removes the choice of private faith organizations. As GURIN puts it, () controversies and debates related to the enrollment of undocumented students, sexual assault on college campuses, and academic freedom have demonstrated the need for critical, engaged learning related to these topics (GURIN, et al, 2017). He goes on to say, Additionally, internal and external stakeholders are prompting institutions to address new and persistent challenges related to access, retention, and success among an increasingly diverse student population, and to develop new strategies for creating inclusive classrooms and other campus environments" (GURIN, et al, 2017). GURIN makes an excellent point and in a similar way another scholar states, This overall convergence, which is accompanied by a growing appreciation of the complexity of social identities, is complemented by significant national specificity in respect of the social categories which are used to define social diversity (Clancy, et al, 2007).
Examination of Worldviews and Perspectives
As I previously discussed, from a biblical worldview, faith-based institutions have a difficult time accepting this type of bill because it becomes an unnecessary obstacle that takes away from private institutional rights to conduct in the educational process that aligns with their personal and moral convictions. From a secular perspective, this bill is necessary because it allows the governmental authority to supersede private institutions and thus forcing the "discrimination" issue on privately run entities. As Paat puts it, "In the United States, the changing demographic of the undergraduate population attributable to several social trends in the last few decades have witnessed a growing public emphasis on minority students' future educational adaptation and progress (Paat, 2017). Gilbert says it this way, Nonetheless, the Truman Commission created, arguably for the first time, a national rhetoric on higher education policy. This is not to...