Gay-rights organizations target federal funding and NCAA ties of schools with traditional biblical beliefs.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
Revoke Christian universities’ eligibility for federal student financial aid.
Strip their membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
That’s what major gay-rights groups would like to do with higher education schools that espouse traditional biblical beliefs on sexuality and gender identity.
“Some voices are calling for Christian schools to be expelled from the NCAA, and others are calling for Pell Grants to be denied to students who attend our universities,” said Bruce McLarty, president of 6,000-student Harding University in Searcy, Ark. “These attacks seem to be coming from every direction these days.”
At Harding, students received $54 million in federal loans and grants last year — 45 percent of the university’s total budget of $120 million.
It would be a major loss if the government ever took away students’ access to federal funding.
“My hands shake as I write those numbers!” the Harding president said in an email. “The good news is that the largest part of that figure is from loan money, and that can be replaced even if at a higher cost (interest rate) to students.”
• The challenges facing faith-based universities (reporting from Nashville, Tenn.)
These stories appear in the July 2016 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.