Great Stuff — An Important Message Regarding SB1146 from CUI President Krueger

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cuiDear Concordia family and friends,

I’m reaching out to you about proposed legislation in Sacramento, SB1146. On behalf of our Concordia family, I’m asking for your partnership on this critical—and urgent—issue.

As currently written, California Senate Bill 1146 (SB 1146), authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), would significantly challenge Concordia University Irvine’s—and all Christian colleges and universities in California—ability to continue offering a Christ-centered education to our students.

The most troubling provision of this bill limits the religious liberty to integrate faith and learning throughout the educational experience. The bill effectively eliminates the religious exemption under current law that allows Christian colleges and universities to operate in accordance with their beliefs, including the freedom to hire only Christian faculty and staff. If passed without amendments, the new law would also very likely disqualify students attending California Christian colleges and universities from eligibility for Cal Grants, a key state-level student aid program.

We have been working diligently with the support of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) on amendments to SB1146. While Senator Lara and his staff have considered our points, as of this writing, the bill has not been amended to protect religious freedom.

SB 1146 has already passed the California Senate. It is scheduled to be heard this Tuesday (June 21) by the Assembly Committee on Higher Education before it reaches the Assembly floor for final debate and vote. We need to stop or convince the author to amend SB 1146 now, and this requires your immediate action.

How you can help

  • Step #1 — Pray. Pray for this moment in California history when our deeply held beliefs are being challenged. Pray that Concordia is able to continue to educate students in a way that is consistent with our Lutheran Christian convictions.
  • Step #2 — Spread the Word. Forward a link to this article to parents, students or alumni of faith-based colleges and universities, churches or others who value religious freedom for faith-based institutions. Anyone who has an affinity for faith-based higher education in California should know about this threatening bill.
  • Step #3 — Contact Your Legislators.
    • Email/phone calls. If you are a California resident, send an email or make a phone call to your California Assembly membertoday. Email them using the following format for their address: [email protected] (i.e. [email protected]). You may use this letter and make it your own. Whether by phone or email, the message is simple: Identify yourself and express that you have strong concerns about SB 1146, offering any reason you choose, or no reason at all. The important thing is to express your concerns about the narrowing of religious freedom this bill would impose on Concordia and all of California’s faith-based colleges and universities.
  • Social media. Express your concerns about the bill on social media using hashtag #SB1146.
  • Resources —To see my recent letter to Senator Lara, click here.

Kurt Krueger
Concordia University Irvine

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Great Stuff — An Important Message Regarding SB1146 from CUI President Krueger — 7 Comments

  1. Resolution 7-07 encourages CUS institution to request a Title IX religious exemption. 232 colleges and universities already have received religious exemptions from Title IX. But Irvine doesn’t have to wait.

    This exemption will help, especially in a federal court, if the Fascist State of Calipornia tries to attack Christian schools.

    In the meantime imprecatory prayers to God to bring down to destruction the demonic plans of the governor and state legislature.

    As Martin Luther wrote: “We should pray that our enemies be converted and become our friends and, if not, that their doing and designing be bound to fail and have no success and that their persons perish rather than the Gospel and the kingdom of Christ” (Luther’s Works, 21, 1000).

  2. I found this message to be lacking in basic facts. Nowhere is it stated what SB1146 is claimed to do by its supporter or the mechanics of how the bill would affect the school. What is the context?

    Please let me be clear, I am asking for more facts in the article, not accusing anyone of falsehood. Currently, the only take away I currently have is that SB1146 somehow “eliminates the religious exemption under current law that allows Christian colleges and universities to operate in accordance with their beliefs, including the freedom to hire only Christian faculty and staff.”

    My question is how and why?

  3. Take money from the State, you are at the whim and control of the State. Everything’s wonderful until there’s a new Pharaoh in town.

  4. Concordia University-Irvine is not on a list published by the U.S. Department of Education of 232 faith-based colleges and universities in the U.S. that requested and were granted a religious exemption from Title IX.

    The Title IX religious exemption states: “Title IX does not apply to an educational institution that is controlled by a religious organization to the extent that application of Title IX would be inconsistent with the religious tenets of the organization.” Applying for the exemption is it is easy to do.

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