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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Greenville Online: Erskine Students Harassed Over Religious Beliefs

NEWBERRY — The governance of Erskine College remains in limbo today after a Circuit Court judge extended a restraining order against the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church's plan to install a new board of trustees.

In a nearly packed courtroom at the historic Newberry County courthouse, Judge Eugene C. Griffith Jr. told attorneys on both sides that they had until Tuesday to submit final briefs, and he would make a decision within 10 days.

“The Erskine Alumni Association and the dismissed trustees have great confidence in the ability of the judge and in our judicial system, and they believe that the court will reach the right result in this matter,” said attorney John Devlin, who represents the plaintiffs in the case.

The Erskine Alumni Association and two of 14 Erskine trustees who were ousted by the ARP's governing body filed a complaint asking the court to rule that the church overstepped its authority by removing board members without cause and that the church doesn't own the property or assets of the college. They also asked the court to keep the synod from moving forward with its plans to restructure the board.

The issue arose after officials said an investigation by a church-appointed commission found that some professors at the liberal arts college in Abbeville County had created a “culture of intimidation” in which some students felt they were ridiculed because of their religious beliefs.

It also found that the board of trustees was unaware that the previous administration of the college six years ago transferred $1 million from a fund that had been donated for a specific purpose into the general operations of the college, Ken Wingate, a member of the commission, testified.

Also, the school inadvertently overextended scholarship offers by $600,000 during the past year, Wingate said.

The commission recommended downsizing the board from 30 to 16 in order to be better able to keep closer oversight on the college, he said.

The board, prior to being dissolved, issued a resolution “in a spirit of humility,” saying that it agreed in principle with the findings of the investigation and agreed to the downsizing of the board but wanted to do it over a six-year period instead of immediately, Wingate testified.

Attorneys for the alumni association and the ousted board members based their case on college bylaws that said trustees can be removed only by a two-thirds vote of the board, and then only for cause.

Keith Munson, representing the church, projected digital images of documents dating back to 1872 to make a case that those bylaws apply only to the board in removing its own members and that the synod has authority to both appoint and remove trustees as it sees fit.

Attorney Tom Gentry argued that Erskine is an independently registered nonprofit organization, governed by its own board, not by the conservative Greenville-based denomination that founded it in 1835.

Parker Young, one of the ousted trustees, testified that the ARP provides 3 percent of Erskine's budget.

“What the church did was not lawful, and it was certainly not Christian,” he said.

4 comments:

Charlie J. Ray said...

On has to wonder how "Christian" it is for unbelievers to take over a "Christian" college and then harass Christian students studying there???

Anonymous said...

Most of the colleges in America were founded by Christians, then got "taken over", first by the somewhat doubting, then by the outright heretics, and last, by the rank heathen. Looks like Erskine may also end up another "Ichabod" institution.

Anonymous said...

One more Christian college passes from the somewhat doubting to the frankly heretical to the out-and-out heathen.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Yes, this is a sad state of affairs...

We can only pray that God will supernaturally intervene and bring control of the school back to the Reformed church synod.

I have a cousin, Janisse Ray, who is an environmentalist and an author. She's also an atheist from what I understand. Anyway, Janisse was invited to speak at Erskine and I could not for the life of me understand how a Christian college would want an atheist to speak there? Now I know. The school has been hijacked by unbelievers, atheists, and pagans.

Charlie

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