Farris Wheels Out a Warning for Christians

Barb Wire

The political landscape could look significantly different when the Supreme Court rules on marriage in June.

And, as far as some Christians are concerned, it’s never too early to prepare.

For chancellors like Patrick Henry College’s Mike Farris, the red flags raised in the oral arguments are giving administrators plenty to think about over summer vacation.

Donald Verrilli’s words still hang in the air for plenty of conservatives, who worry that the Solicitor General’s tax exemption prophecy might come true sooner rather than later for natural marriage proponents.

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In a rare moment of honesty, the President’s top lawyer confessed that the IRS could be the weapon of choice for Americans who dare to believe differently if the justices redefine marriage. But stripping the nonprofit status of religious schools and universities isn’t the end, Farris writes in USA Today.

Accreditation is next.   “Colleges and universities that receive federal funding will be coerced into immediate compliance. Accreditation agencies will ratchet up their bullying of Christian institutions, as has already been done against Gordon College in Massachusetts.

“Threats to accreditation are fatal. Colleges may not legally operate in several states without it.”

Like FRC, he predicts a rocky road for every Christian entity, including churches.

“No one should think that IRS implications will stop with colleges,” he cautions. That’s why men and women of faith need to be prepared.

“We must decide which is more important to us — our tax exemption or our religious convictions… A slogan of the American Revolution, ‘We have no King but Jesus’ may well be overturned by a 5 to 4 decision of the Supreme Court near the end of June.”

As for other colleges, Farris writes:  “I cannot answer. But at Patrick Henry College we would egregiously deny our namesake’s legacy, if we did not stand forthrightly for Christ and for liberty no matter what the cost.”

May others be inspired to do the same!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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