Obama's Ed Dept. 'outing' Christian colleges

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

no Bible censor BibleThe president of a Christian college in California personally attests to the aggressive nature of the Department of Education in bullying religious institutions to violate their tenets regarding human sexuality.

The federal government allows religious organizations to be exempt from Title IX mandates where they violate their religious beliefs. The Obama administration, however, has interpreted those mandates to include transgender discrimination.

Title IX 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."

(Religious exemption) "Title IX does not apply to an educational institution that is controlled by a religious organization to the extent that application of Title IX would be inconsistent with the religious tenets of the organization."

Now the U.S. Department of Education has published online the name of every college in America that applied for a religious exemption to regulations elevating "gay rights" in employment and housing and other benefits.

The pro-LGBT activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) sued the DOE to "out" the colleges and publicly shame them – or try to. The group argued that students have a right to know which schools have been "granted the legal right to discriminate against them."

More than 200 colleges comprise the list. Dr. John Jackson of William Jessup University in Rocklin, California – one of those listed – is determined to use the list as a badge of honor. "We're committed to biblical authority and we're committed to teaching in a God-honoring environment," he tells OneNewsNow.

Jackson insists it's not about discrimination – it's about freedom of religion; and he's been left with very little choice.

"At the federal level, the Department of Education has become increasingly aggressive in some areas of human sexuality – and then also the sanctity of life," he shares.

Andrew Beckwith of Massachusetts Family Institute says the list is the latest in a relentless campaign by HRC and others to suppress freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association.

"If they can find a way to eliminate federal funding of student loans, tax exemptions for property values and income by the school – any one of which would be almost a death blow to many schools – they will do that," says Beckwith.

Jackson says he's ready. "If it ever comes to that point," he vows, "Jessup will not compromise our biblical convictions – and the Lord will provide a way for us to continue doing the ministry we're called to do."

Well-known names on the list include Biola University, Brigham Young University, Criswell College, Liberty University, Pepperdine University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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