Southern Evangelical Seminary responds to corporate pushback on Florida’s parental rights bill

SES to host 28th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics to equip Christians with biblical truths to counter false doctrines and bring clarity to today’s issues

March 15, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox News recently reported that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis repudiated the Walt Disney Company’s pushback on newly passed state legislation. Designed to prioritize parental choice over personal views in the classroom, the Parental Rights in Education bill prohibits educators from instructing children on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” Disney CEO Bob Chapek publicly opposed the bill and committed $5 million in corporate donations to LGBTQ groups.

DeSantis observed, “When you have companies that have made a fortune off being family friendly and catering to families and young kids, they should understand that parents of young kids do not want this injected into their kid’s kindergarten classroom.”

DeSantis emphasized that Florida policies will continue to “be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.”

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), commented on the corporate posturing surrounding the legislation.

Ginn stated, “It’s interesting to listen to some of the more vocal adherents of the ‘wokeness’ mentality, particularly when it comes to pushing extreme sexual overtones onto even the smallest of our children. There also always seems to be a great deal of hypocrisy in their words about ‘discrimination’ when they themselves are tied at the apron strings to China and simply refuse to acknowledge atrocities committed by the ones who line their pockets. Certainly, the National Basketball Association comes quickly to mind, but what about our beloved family theme park folks at the Walt Disney Company?

“What’s left of Uncle Walt’s empire is in thick with the Communist Party of China. Instead of criticizing real atrocity, they have chosen to focus on the state of Florida because the leaders of that state believe that children should be free to be children and to not be indoctrinated with hedonistic sexual views in kindergarten through the third grade.”

Ginn concluded, “Should we really be surprised to find that many of the things we cling to so dearly in our culture are deadly to the spiritual and physical well-being of our precious children? Maybe it’s time for Christians to break some bad habits in our own lives as to how and where we spend our money on entertainment. Are we not being hypocritical as Christians when we are bringing the very things that ultimately want to destroy our children into our home? What a novel idea for Christian parents to act like real parents and to take a stand for true biblical principles, not only with our words, but with our pocketbooks as well.”

In order to better equip Christians with biblical truth in light of such uncertain times, SES will soon be holding their 28th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) titled “Remaining Steadfast in an Upside Down World.” The event will take place on April 8-9, 2022, at FBC Rock Hill in Rock Hill, SC just outside of Charlotte. Speaker and ticket details available here.

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and the defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees (along with several for-credit certificates) that uniquely integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

###