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The Society of Biblical Literature Is Now Banning Christian Organizations

By  |  October 18, 2016, 10:35pm  |  @ewerickson

“They’re banning to promote diversity of ideas. How very Third Reich of them.”
I keep saying that you will be made to care and yet again we have proof from inside purportedly academic religious organizations. In the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature is banning InterVarsity Press from hosting a book stall its 2017 meeting. For those not familiar with InterVarsity Press, it is one of the premiere Christian academic publishers in the world, not just the United States.

What sin did InterVarsity Press commit to get itself banned from the Society of Biblical Literature? Nothing actually. It did nothing at all. Seriously.

InterVarsity Press is an organization associated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (“IVCF”). Time magazine ran a report on IVCF stating that it was firing employees who did not hold orthodox Christian views on, you guessed it, marriage.

As a result of IVCF’s decision, and in the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature has decided to ban InterVarsity Press, which again, is separate and distinct from IVCF, and which publishes a wide range of Christian views.

Surely you too can see the irony in Dr. John Kutsko, Executive Director of the Society of Biblical Literature, claiming that it is in the name of diversity that a Christian publisher must be prohibited from having a book stall at a meeting on biblical literature. They’re banning to promote diversity of ideas. How very Third Reich of them.

By the way, it is worth noting that according to IVCF, Time got its story wrong and “[n]o InterVarsity employee will be fired for their views on gay marriage.”

But the damage was done and lest you think otherwise, Time magazine, John Kutsko, and the Society of Biblical Literature are serving as enforcers for the world’s orthodoxy by censoring biblical orthodoxy. The Society of Biblical Literature is becoming the Society of Acceptable Biblical Literature. And that’s not biblical at all.