A non-profit organization for LGBTQ students, Campus Pride, has published a “shame list” of 102 colleges that it says are the “absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth.”
The group is attacking all Christian and religious-based colleges and universities in the country who have requested Title IX exemptions.
The Title IX education amendment, signed into law in 1972, states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
National Review reports that many Christian colleges have begun applying for exemptions, since the Obama administration has declared (without approval from Congress) that sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
Religious schools and Christian colleges who do not support the LGBTQ lifestyle have been able to obtain a Title IX exemption, much to the dismay of gay rights organizations, who claim that the Title IX exemption “puts LGBTQ students at risk” and it’s discrimination.
Andrew Walker of National Review says the exemption for religious schools and colleges isn’t about discriminating against anyone – it’s about “allowing Christian colleges the ability to enforce long-held Christian moral expectations about sex, marriage and gender as a condition of admittance and attendance.” He said Christian colleges admit students on the basis and expectation of Christian kids promising to abide by Christian morality.
The gay-rights lobbying group, Human Rights Campaign, demanded that the Department of Education publicly expose the names of every single college in the country who receive or have applied for the Title IX exemption – and in May, the Department of Education complied, opening up religious schools to a new wave of assaults.
Now Campus Pride – the LGBTQ student organization – has launched an online attack, posting their “shame list” of religious universities who have received or applied for the exemption, claiming this is a list of the “absolute worst campuses for the LGBTQ youth.”
Campus Pride says, “Religion-based bigotry is careless and life-threatening,” and that these schools have received the exemptions “for no other purpose than to discriminate, expel and ban LGBTQ youth from campus. It is shameful and wrong.”
Campus Pride maintains that the LGBTQ youth deserve “safe spaces to live, learn and grow,” but does not consent for that same philosophy to apply to religious students.
The group’s website touts their commitment to diversity and inclusion – but the last bullet-point of their anti-racism statement says they recognize the value of minority-serving institutions, including black colleges, Tribal colleges, Hispanic institutions and Asian-American institutions.
But Christian universities land on the “Shame List.”
Campus Pride is encouraging students who find their campus on the Shame List to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office, alleging that “The colleges & universities listed have chosen to openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and have requested Title IX exemptions to perpetuate the harms of religion-based bigotry.”
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