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Texas Supreme Court says state has no business regulating Christian schools. Lisa Parro | posted 10/19/2007 08:29AM
A Texas Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a victory for religious schools' academic freedom. The court ruled August 31 that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board cannot require religious schools to receive a "certificate of authority" or to submit to accreditation.
Liberty Legal Institute filed suit on behalf of Tyndale Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1999, after the higher education board fined the school $173,000 for issuing degrees and calling itself a seminary. Two years earlier, a new state law combating so-called diploma mills had mandated that law schools, medical schools, technical schools, and seminaries meet 21 standards to operate legally.
But applying the same standards to law schools and religious institutions doesn't work, argued Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Legal Institute's chief counsel. "For example, the (Texas) requirement that you have to have a master's degree to teach at a post-secondary school," he said. "That means Billy Graham couldn't teach evangelism in a Texas seminary."
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), one of only two religious accrediting agencies recognized by the Texas education board, said accreditation provides quality assurance and public accountability.
But administrators at Tyndale Theological Seminary believe accreditation weakens a school's doctrinal autonomy. It also costs thousands of dollars each year to maintain, a cost the small seminary would have been forced to pass along to students, said Tyndale president Christopher Cone. The seminary enrolls about 300 students annually.
According to ATS spokesperson Nancy Merrill, the organization respects member schools' doctrinal statements and only "asks schools to hold themselves accountable to their own theological mission."
Two other schools, the Hispanic Bible Institute in San Antonio and the Southern Bible Institute in Dallas, a historically black seminary, joined Tyndale in the suit. The Supreme Court's opinion stated that Texas's education standards violated the free-speech, establishment, and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment.
"By restricting the terminology a religious institution can use, the state signals its approval or disapproval of the institution's operation and curriculum as vividly as if it hung the state seal on the institution's front door," Justice Nathan Hecht wrote. "We think it beyond serious dispute that the statute clearly and excessively entangles the government in matters of religious instruction."
The Texas education board issued a statement saying the decision "could have far-reaching implications" and that "it would be premature to speculate on [its] impact."
"I think other courts will cite it," said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, calling the decision "symbolically important." "It sends a strong message—that government should not interfere with religious teaching."
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Re: FIRST THREE MONTHLY REVIEW OF PASTOR INNOCENT MUSEVE AS A MEMBER OF STAFF FOR HIS DOCTOR OF MINISTRY STUDIES2 leo kasana <email@example.com> To:firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 29 at 3:53 AM
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Innocent Museve has been such a blessing to our church Mountain Moving Faith Ministries. He is one serious out of the box thinker and has managed to influence most of our leaders' way of thinking and attitude towards the work of God. He has had a bit of tension with one or two of our pastors because of the way he operates concerning ministry (Not his fault, they were threatened by his inspiring enthusiasm). I must say that they were being a bit relaxed, they needed someone to wake them up. I must also admit that his enthusiasm gets a bit too imposing sometimes but I am enjoying his presence in our team. Pastor Ince (what everyone calls him) is a good listener and very obedient, he is always there when you need him. He is not an excuses person, he is up for all challenges you give him. You can give him a chance to preach without prior warning, he is always prepared. He is only 35 years old but he is more mature than any of my pastors including the older ones.For church attendance he is the first one to arrive and he is a greater giver. He is also the last one to leave, his love for God is an inspiration. I have also realised that he has a passion for the youth ministry, so I temporarily made him a youth advisor and counsellor too. Our praise and worship team has changed in a big way since he came on board. He has shared so many helpful ideas with us, even though some were a bit too modern for our congregation, but we are already putting to use some of them. We are very glad to have someone who can challenge us to do better. Overally, there is already a difference in our church because of him.My wife pastor Maureen and I are grateful for this opportunity. Thank you very much.RegardsRev. L. KasanaOn Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 12:39 leo kasana <email@example.com wrote: Dear Dr Ludwig Otto I great you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. My name is Reverend Leo Kasana and I am the senior pastor of a church called Mountain Moving Faith Ministries. I am writing to you to confirm that I have accepted Pastor Innocent Museve as an unpaid member of my church staff in fulfilment of his Doctor of Ministry studies that he is doing with your institution Bold Christian University. I have known Innocent Museve for two and half years now. He made quite an impression on me the first time I met him when he came to minister at our church. It is such an honour and we are looking forward to making use of his great gift for the next two years starting this February