Discrimination of Any Kind Denies Dr. King’s Dream
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land:
‘The Christian Ideal Should Be That God Is Color Blind’
October 21, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On Oct. 16, 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. met with President John F. Kennedy to urge him to issue a second Emancipation Proclamation to eliminate racial segregation.
It was a nation-dividing issue nearly 60 years ago, and today, five decades after the Civil Rights Movement, conversations about race are still making their way into the public discourse.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land spoke on the topic of “Racism, Social Justice and the Gospel” at the recent, successful SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics, which welcomed 1,800 attendees from around the country.
In preparing for that talk, Land discovered a distressing headline this summer. The article, he said, was an alarm bell signaling America to the ways in which political correctness run amok is rending the social fabric of our nation.
According to the Washington Examiner and reported by Real Clear Politics, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats’ powerful campaign arm, abruptly purged half a dozen staffers—seemingly because they were the wrong skin pigmentation—they were white.
“It appears that no one had anything against these particular staffers … except for the color of their skin,” the paper reported. “Although roughly half the committee’s full-time staff (13 of 27) were nonwhite, this was not enough for some Democratic members of Congress. They complained DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois had brought in too many white staffers when she won the position. And they put enough pressure on her that she sacrificed her loyal staffers to the god of diversity. Even if all these staffers ended up with cushy lobbying jobs as a reward for their loyalty, this is still a lot more shocking than people perhaps realize.”
Land says when reverse discrimination like this happens, it goes against everything for which Dr. King crusaded and sacrificed his life to help bring to fruition.
“When you start firing people simply because they have the wrong skin pigmentation, you are denying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a country where ‘my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” Land said. “Discriminating against someone because of the amount of melatonin in their skin is always wrong, frequently counterproductive, and extremely damaging—even when those victimized are Caucasians.”
Land went on to say that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had it right when he wrote for the 2007 case Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 that “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” In that case, a parent group sued the school district over a tiebreaker system that dictated how many students would be allowed admittance to the high schools to which they applied. The second most important tiebreaker was a racial factor intended to maintain racial diversity, according to the legal site Oyez.
“If the racial demographics of any school’s student body deviated by more than a predetermined number of percentage points from those of Seattle’s total student population (approximately 40% white and 60% nonwhite), the racial tiebreaker went into effect. At a particular school either whites or non-whites could be favored for admission depending on which race would bring the racial balance closer to the goal,” the site reported. The parents argued that the racial tiebreaker violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Washington state law—and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with them.
Land points to the fact that Chief Justice Roberts’ eloquently simple racial discrimination reasoning is also referred to in another Supreme Court case, Ricci v. DeStefano in 2009, which also alleged racial discrimination. The Court agreed that the plaintiffs—20 firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut, 19 white and one Hispanic—were “unfairly kept from job promotions because of their race.” Six years before the case, 77 firefighters took an exam for promotions, but none of the 19 African-American firefighters earned results deemed high enough to warrant a promotion. “Fearing a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination,” Encyclopedia Britannica reported, “department officials discarded the results and determined that they would not promote anyone based solely on the results of the written test.”
“Judging people on the basis of skin color is always morally wrong—in the classroom, the workplace, a campaign committee, or wherever it occurs,” Land said.
Headlines like these link directly into SES’s curriculum as students delve into Christian apologetics, how it applies to practical daily life, and how to rationally, intelligently and lovingly defend the historic Christian faith. This fall, Land will teach SES’s ethics class and not only harken back to the Bible for ethical discussions but also reflect on today’s headlines and how they relate to the study of ethics.
At SES, students also debate news and commentary through its “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, SES’s PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others.
In the creation of SES’s PPE program, the realization was made that virtually all cultural issues will have the potential to relate to the studies in the concentration, according to Land and other architects of the program. Nearly every issue that creates discussion and debate in our society is connected to what SES teaches through PPE. Encouraging and training more Christians about these issues is why the PPE program exists at SES.
For 27 years, SES has equipped students and ministry leaders to share the Gospel from an intelligent, informed and rational biblical worldview. Courses, conferences, seminars, guest speakers and more seek to accomplish this longstanding mission. Central to this purpose is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding of believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES seeks to provide an educational opportunity where the Christian worldview is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.
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