JP85257 saidIf they didnt agree with the teachings of the baptist church then they should never have taken jobs. Same with people that work for the catholics, and LDS and Assemblies of God and Church of Christ.
They need to get over it.
You don't even know the story, you ignorant fuckhead.
The Baptist church didn't start the school, they didn't own it, they were asked to be part of an advisory board 30 years ago and six years ago they decided to muscle in and take over.
And the article isn't about the students as much as the staff & faculty. Some others here have incorrectly stressed the student aspect, with the option not to attend a school whose policies you don't support. As you state, the Baptists changed the rules of employment after they took over, and with requirements that extend into private off-campus lives.
What do you do when your professional career is tied up there, a place where you were not previously in conflict with the policies? You began your employment under a set of rules with which you were not at odds. Then suddenly after a couple of decades you're required to compromise your belief system, your politics, and your religious beliefs, because a new Baptist board starts calling the shots.
Sure, private employers often change contract rules over time, too. But not in ways that violate basic Constitutional guarantees of private freedom of expression, association and religion. If this is upheld, then it's a lesson that educators should never contract with any religious school, because you never know what it's gonna become in 10 or 20 years. You and the school may be in perfect agreement today, but tomorrow you're made a heretic.
I'd love to see a case where some Protestant school is taken over by Catholics, for instance. Must the faculty and staff now support RC doctrine in their private lives, or face dismissal? I guess so, if this is acceptable here.