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Schools lobby for bill allowing rejection of LGBT students

Congress Moves To Except Religious Schools From Gay Rights Laws. Good grief. The onslaught against homos just never f*cking stops. This bill has already passed the House and is before the Senate.

Private Christian colleges would be excepted from local and state non-discrimination laws under a proposed amendment to the Higher Education Act – a move that would allow the schools to legally reject LGBT students.

The amendment, proposed by Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah), would prevent accrediting boards from making adherence to non-discrimination laws a requirement.

Brigham Young, University of Notre Dame, Baylor, Pepperdine and Samford universities have all been lobbying heavily for passage of the bill.

…The [Senate] committee also inserted language in the bill stating that it is not meant to allow an institution to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. The provision does not include sexuality.

So, for instance, if a celibate but self-identified gay student applies, that’s all one of these schools needs to know to reject them. Nice. The impetus for this? Extra pressure on the schools, they say, as a result of the Soulforce Equality Ride. They claim a need for “protection” from the Homosexual AgendaTM by preemptively ensuring that accreditation is not tied to adherence to non-discrimination laws in the future.

Brigham Young, incidentally, was the site of 24 arrests of Soulforce Riders on April 11.

The students and Riders were part of a procession carrying Easter lilies onto campus in remembrance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latter Day Saints church members who have committed suicide because of the church’s oppressive stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

…As the marchers reached the gates of the campus, they stepped forward with their lilies as stories and names of the individuals who had committed suicide were read aloud. The Riders and BYU students crossed onto campus one by one as the dead were remembered, and lay down in the grass until Provo police asked them to get up and escorted them off campus. Each arrested marcher left a lily behind until a pile of flowers had accumulated as a memorial to young people who were unable to resolve the conflict their church had created between their sexuality and religion.

The Equality Ride folks stop at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN today. Eleven Equality Riders were arrested on the campus of the Air Force Academy on Friday.

Military police descended on Equality Riders, handcuffed, and detained them, when they attempted to present a check for signing to the commandant of the Air Force Academy. The check was made out to the Department of Defense from U.S. taxpayers for 364 million dollars, the amount the government has spent training lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender U.S. service members who have been discharged because of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.

“This check represents an unacceptable waste of money for the purpose of taxpayer-supported discrimination,” said Jacob Reitan, Equality Ride co-director. “There was a time when the armed forces were segregated. That kind of discrimination in our public institutions was wrong then and it is wrong now.”

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