Our society is growing increasingly secular and increasingly hostile to Christian conviction. Anyone who doubts that mounting hostility should look to Arizona, where one of the state’s largest public school districts has just voted to show student teachers from a Christian college the door.
Now Arizona finds itself ground zero in a religious liberty dispute that could have nationwide implications. With equal urgency, this case reveals the contours of the challenge soon to be faced by every Christian college that dares to be Christian in any convictional sense.
It all started with some routine paperwork, filed for the Washington Elementary School District’s Feb. 28 school board meeting. The board’s routine “consent agenda” included approval of student teachers from Arizona Christian University, which was recommended by the staff. ACU had provided student teachers for the district for 11 years.