A Christian university in Tennessee has just been granted a waiver from the federal government which gives them legal standing to ban students from their campus who do not hold Christian standards. Specifically, Carson-Newman University in Jefferson County, Tennessee can kick out or keep out any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student as well as women who fornicate or take part in a practice related to fornication, such as an unwed woman who has had an abortion.
The private Baptist university submitted a request via their attorney using a legal template to the U.S. Department of Education in May. The Title IX law banning discrimination clearly gives an exemption to any school “controlled by a religious organization.” The president of Carson-Newman, Dr. Randall O’Brien, has stated, “These are our religious principles, and in a changing world we like to reaffirm this is who we are and who we intend to be.” O’Brien went on to say that the university’s attorney urged them that such a move would “strengthen our position in relation to First Amendment rights.”
Their attorney has also encouraged other religious schools to submit the same template and the practice of requesting such waivers from the Department of Education is rising in popularity for religious educational institutions given the current political atmosphere and administration in the U.S.
Source: Michael Allen, Tennessee Christian University Wins Right To Ban LGBT Students, Women Who’ve Had Sex (Video), OpposingViews.com, December 9, 2015.