Gay Group Goes After Christian Colleges
The Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest homosexual rights organization, is launching a new movement against Christian colleges who have asked for an exemption from Title IX laws. Many of these schools have been granted permission to opt out of Title IX, which allows them to receive federal funds while still adhering to the tenets of their faith.
While Title IX was passed to prevent schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, subsequent readings have put sexual orientation on the table as well. That means that these Christian schools would have to accept gay and transgender students and employees if they wished to stay on the right side of the law. Waivers, for now, allow 56 schools nationally to maintain this precarious balance. The HRC wants to name and shame them.
The group released a new report, “Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk,” on Friday. The report makes three recommendations:
The Department of Education should require schools to publish a thorough explanation about how their Title IX exemptions are being used.
The DOE should release a regular report on which schools have been granted Title IX exemptions, and they should publicize those reports on the schools’ College Navigator landing pages.
Congress should require the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights to report annually on all Title IX exemptions that were granted and denied.
“While the Department of Education has little discretion to deny these requests for exemptions, religiously controlled educational institutions should not be exempt from full transparency,” says the HRC report.
Because the HRC knows that removing exemptions for Christian colleges would be an uphill battle, they are trying to go another route. They want to publicly humiliate these colleges into submission, and they want the federal government to join them. In the era of legalized gay marriage, there is no more room for religious dissent.
What is happening now is a shame. It didn’t have to be this way. Many U.S. states voted to legalize gay marriage, and the rest would have likely followed suit within a decade. The Supreme Court did not need to get involved. But they did, and thus the divide is wider than it has been in years. The worst predictions about the homosexual agenda have come true, and even tacit supporters have found themselves feeling betrayed.
Now that the marriage thing is in the bag, the next step is to erase any and all opponents of the LGBT agenda.