Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Congress wants to micromanage college accreditation

Currently, some college accrediting boards (private institutions, sort of like a "Consumer Reports" for colleges) require an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policy for accreditation. But since this means that religious schools that discriminate against LGBT people can't be accredited, which hurts them when recruiting new students, schools like BYU, Notre Dame, Baylor, Pepperdine, and Samford are pushing a bill through Congress to force these private accreditation bodies to accredit schools that discriminate against LGBT people.

These are the same schools that argue, because they are private and have their own institutional conscience, they ought not be held to the nondiscrimination standards of taxpayer-funded institutions. But yet they use the government to force other private institutions to do something that goes against their own conscience. This is the very definition of hypocrisy.