Congress is currently considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. And we should all sit up and take note.
Sometimes legislation that looks almost innocuous is anything but; sometimes legislation that will have historic and long-lasting effect doesn’t go by any name that would get the citizens’ attention; and sometimes it’s almost as if politically it’s moving under the surface without much attention at all.
This reauthorization is an entire clash of worldviews in one piece of legislation. It’s to the credit of the Trump administration that the over-500-page bill is loaded with respect and concern for the future of religious liberty in the United States, and, most specifically, the future of religious liberty on American college and university campuses.
Now, all of this might look routine, but the result can turn out to be anything but routine.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the future of religious liberty will have a great deal to do with the final state of this bill.