Christians Sue for Right Not to Tolerate Policies

From the LA Times:

ATLANTA — Ruth Malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant.

Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’s a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation.

Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she’s demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.

With her lawsuit, the 22-year-old student joins a growing campaign to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all.

10 Comments

  1. I have no problem with the free speech aspect of the article, if she feels like making bigotted statements then that’s her right. I just like how this woman wants to say horrible things about a person in the name of a “loving and forgiving” god.

  2. I’d actually chalk this one up to college student ignorance. College students are some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met… and Christians are frequently some of the worst, so you can put those adjectives together. As a Christian, I’m growing more frustrated with having to say, “I’m a Christian, but…”, and then disassociate myself with most other Christians.

  3. “College students are some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met…”

    Shoot, you’re telling me. Try living with the not-quite-evolved residing in my dorm. I’m amazed they’re speaking in words and not grunts and whoops.

  4. “When they protest tolerance codes, they’re labeled intolerant.” But doesn’t that make sense? If you are not tolerant, then you are intolerant.

    By equating homosexuality with race, Baylor said, tolerance policies put conservative evangelicals in the same category as racists. He predicts the government will one day revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that preach homosexuality is sinful or that refuse to hire gays and lesbians.

    “Think how marginalized racists are,” said Baylor, who directs the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. “If we don’t address this now, it will only get worse.”

    Sounds like Baylor and Furnace should get together if they want to save Christianity.

  5. Thats the problem you run into when judging people. You will be judged by the same measure.

    You can judge the act as sinful, but still show love and acceptance to the person.

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