UC: Wisdom From the Mouths of Babes
nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 30 06:33:38 PDT 2005
I have an indirect personal interest in this case, because I am related to a "myth-believing" young Christian who attends a Christian school which uses one of the textbooks banned in California. My son, Joshua, is a 10th grader at Lincoln Christian School, a school with a rigorous academic program, but, alas, one that insists on teaching myths and lies in science class (and perhaps in history class as well--I'm not sure about that textbook).
I asked this young fundie what he thought about attending a school that would not qualify him to attend the U of C. And he said two things:
1. "It's their loss."
2. "Its not much of a penalty to be kept out of a school that doesn't respect my religious liberty and who I am."
I thought this was very perceptive. Indeed, he may be a future law and economics scholar; he is right that the real loser in a discrimination scenario is the one who discriminates, because the discriminator loses out on many high quality students (to the advantage of more tolerant competitors in the college admissions marketplace). No matter how much disdain UC may have for schools like Lincoln Christian, the best students graduating from LCS are as good or better than the best students coming out of other schools. Its the school's loss if it chooses to discriminate against an entire class of students merely because the U doesn't approve of the textbooks used in certain classes at the schools they attend.
And he is also right that it is no loss to be excluded from a school that doesn't respect who you are and what you believe.
When fellow believers ask my advice about college choices, I encourage them to consider Christian colleges (just as I encourage them to do the same for K-12). Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, it seems clear that theologically conservative Christians would be wise to avoid the UC system.
Welpton Professor of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
"When the Round Table is broken every man must follow either Galahad or Mordred: middle things are gone." C.S.Lewis, Grand Miracle
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