Three news stories about religious issues caught my eye this week. The first two are ones I’ve followed with great interest. The third one struck me as amusing because of the reasons given for the decision.
Preserve Faith-Based Higher Education – “Yesterday, the presidents of California’s faith-based higher education institutions received news from Kristen F. Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), about Senator Lara’s intent to amend SB 1146 to only include disclosure requirements and add a new item requiring institutions to disclose reasons for student expulsions to the California Student Aid Commission. He intends to inform the Assembly Appropriations Committee of these amendments later today. Pending review of this new language, Biola will change its position on this legislation from “oppose unless amended” to “support.” Biola has long held to the importance of transparency in explaining their policies and the reasons for them.” If you’ve been following the story, this is very good news and cause to praise and thank God.
First Russian Charged Under Controversial Anti-Missionary Law – “A Krishnaite in southern Russia’s Cherkessk has been charged under the “Yarovaya Law” for handing out religious books on the street, the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis reported Thursday. This is the first time that charges have been pressed under the anti-missionary part of the controversial law.” And so it begins …
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard Bans Burkinis on City’s Beaches – The seaside French city of Cannes has banned burkinis, full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women, from its beaches. Mayor David Lisnard cited the recent tragedy in Nice and a subsequent attack on a church in Northwest France in an ordinance forbidding swimwear that doesn’t respect “good morals and secularism.” While I’m sensitive to the concern about terrorism, I found it amusing that swimsuits and beaches are places for “good morals and secularism.” With logic like that, France is on its way towards a similar law like Russia prohibiting beach evangelism.