so my friend was like “Goal in life: write a wonder woman movie where diana comes out in under-armor gear and batman just hands her a hair tie from his utility belt and tells supes he might want to look away.” and I was like wow that sounds A+
The Department of Education has given two more Christian institutions a “religious exemption” to Title IX, allowing them to openly and legally discriminate against transgender students.
Title IX is the federal regulation that outlaws sex discrimination in education, and it was recently clarified to include anti-trans discrimination. When it is ignored, the consequences could range anywhere from denial of housing to expulsion.
Spring Arbor University in Michigan requested exemption with regards to admission, behavior, housing, athletics, restroom access and more, opening the door to discrimination against any student who is not cis and straight, but especially against trans students. Similarly, Simpson University in California basically expressed outright their need to discriminate against LGBT students for the sake of adhering to Biblical principles.
Earlier this month, George Fox University also received a Title IX exemption in order to deny a trans student housing.
Simpson University made a similar case for its exemption to Title IX. Its request — approved by the Education Department — cited its affiliation with the Christian and Missionary Alliance to say that it must discriminate against both gay people and transgender people. “[S]exual practices that are divorced from loving, covenental relationships between men and women pervert God’s intentions and result in sinful behavior that ruptures relationships between men and women, and erodes the relationship between human beings and their creator.” The letter goes on to say that “any individual who violates campus standard for biblical living is subject to discipline, including expulsion.”
Education Department officials have said that they have no choice but to grant exemptions that are based on colleges’ religious beliefs. The colleges’ policies are not new, but the Education Department only recently determined that Title IX protects transgender students. [emphasis added]
This is SO. MESSED. UP. We cannot keep enforcing the idea that religion gets you a free pass to discriminate freely. This system is broken.