Liberalism could 'come back and bite' seminary

Thursday, November 28, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Fuller Theological SeminaryA legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom says a lesbian's lawsuit against Fuller Theological Seminary in southern California could set a dangerous precedent.

Joanna Maxon was single in 2015 when she applied for and was accepted into the seminary's Masters of Art in Theology program. She later married her female partner and was five classes away from graduating when administrators found out through her student loan applications that she was in the homosexual relationship. She was soon kicked out of the program.

Maxon is now suing the seminary, claiming it violated Title IX's antidiscrimination provisions.

"If successful, this would set a very dangerous precedent of allowing institutions to be sued because of their Christian beliefs," warns the Pacific Justice Institute's Brad Dacus.

Maxon's lawyers think they can sue because Fuller accepts federally-funded student loans and hence has to abide by federal antidiscrimination laws. Dacus disagrees.

"Those student loans are loans to the student and not to the university," Dacus notes. "In the past, courts have made that distinction in realizing that money to the students is not to the institution."

Dacus

Because of previous court rulings, he thinks it should be an easy win for the school. But if Maxon's claims that she was open and honest about her lifestyle before the school's students and teachers affirmed her in, then that could be a different story.

"If it can be shown that Fuller Seminary is, in fact, a very liberal seminary, as many have alleged in the past in that they do not fully respect the Bible as the holy Word of God and the teaching from scripture as being from the holy Word of God, this could actually come back and bite them," Dacus concludes.

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