Three stories show us what "diversity" and "toleration" often mean to the religious Left, and to the bureaucratic powers that be:
In sunny California:
Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.
The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.
Meanwhile at Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt University's Office of Religious Life quietly deferred its annual approval of several mostly conservative Christian organizations.
Groups affected included the Christian Legal Society, InterVarsity and the graduate chapter of Campus Crusade. These organizations face an uncertain future because of a new policy that prohibits religious organizations from requiring that their leaders share the same beliefs and goals of the organizations they seek to lead. The policy goes one step further by hamstringing Bible studies.
According to a letter from the acting director of the Office of Religious Life, Bible studies are suspect because they "would seem to indicate that officers are expected to hold certain beliefs.'' The letter goes on to explain: "Vanderbilt policies do not allow this expectation/qualification for officers.''
(Thanks to Phi-Beta-Cons )
Meanwhile, Drudge posted this story, about a boy who was suspended from school for saying that homosexuality is immoral.
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Ford's new commercial might represent a cultural milestone.
"Chris," the character in the commercial, does not want to buy a car from a company that the government has bailed out. Moreover, Chris attacks the basic idea of the entitlement state when he says "that's what America's about." We try our best. "When you fail, you've got to pick yourself up, and go back to work."
Behind the veil of ignorance, an American wants the opportunity to succeed or fail on his own merits. That implies that failure has real consequences. Hence the strictures against bailouts.
Since the 1960s, when commercials touched political themes they have tended to reflect Lefty themes, since, as a rule, Progressivism has had chic cachet. That has not always been the case, but it has been the general rule. But this commercial goes after the bailout state.