[Rushtalk] These Federally Funded Religious Schools Received Title IX Waivers

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Tue Dec 8 10:02:07 MST 2015

These Federally Funded Religious Schools Received Title IX Waivers

by Michael Fitzgerald
December 2, 2015 | 2:30pm

Title IX exemptions

Almost thirty religious educational institutions have received waivers
from the federal government allowing them to ignore sections of Title
IX requiring protections for gay and transgender students and staff.

According to official documents, another nine schools have waiver
applications pending.

Passed in 1972, Title IX provides that on the basis of sex, nobody
should 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.”

However, a provision of the law allows any institution that is
“controlled by a religious organization” to ignore Title IX if it is not
“consistent with the religious tenets of such organization.”

The 27 religious colleges and universities that have received the “right
to discriminate” waiver have received close to $130 million in federal
research grants and student aid.”

The Column reports that documents obtained under a Freedom of
Information Act request show that these schools plan to expel or deny
enrollment to trans students and to target gay students and staff for

RELATED: Depts. of Education & Justice: ‘Trans Students Are Protected
Under Title IX’

Speaking at a conference in September, Jim Davids, a law professor at
Pat Robertson’s Regent University, voiced the concerns of many of these
institutions, referring to “two former students dismissed for
lesbianism” who sued a Christian school and “a young man who thought he
was a woman” who sued California Baptist University.

Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride, said:

“Discrimination is never okay. For these schools to espouse that their
religion sanctions discrimination against any young person is careless
and life-threatening. This list needs to be made public every time a
school files for a Title IX exemption. It is shameful and wrong.”

“If a college receives public funding,” he added, “it should have to
follow public laws. The government would be perfectly within its rights
to make taxpayer funded aid to these colleges contingent on compliance
with generally applicable nondiscrimination laws.”

See The Column’s report for full details of the schools that have
received and have applied for an exemption, which includes details of
religious affiliation and Federal funding in 2014.

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