Liberty University says that the former executive committee chairman of the school's board of trustees was not forced to resign because he publicly voiced opposition to Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.'s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
After Falwell Jr. endorsed the thrice-married billionaire real estate mogul for president in January, Mark DeMoss, a former Jerry Falwell Sr. confidant and chairman of the executive committee of the evangelical institution's board of trustees, criticized the endorsement in an interview with The Washington Post in March.
DeMoss, who was Falwell Sr.'s administrative services assistantfrom 1984 until 1991 and is the founder of the Atlanta-based DeMoss public relations firm, also said in The Washington Post interview that he had been concerned about the university for a couple of months but hadn't spoken out. more >>
Twenty-one well-respected law professors, including Harvard's Alan Dershowitz, are arguing that Obama administration directives detailing how universities and colleges should react to allegations of sexual harassment are infringing upon due process and free speech.
In an open letter published on Monday, the law professors warned that a series of guidances issued over the last six years by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) explaining how colleges must define and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations are an act of federal overreach.
The letter explains that although OCR should take action to make sure that institutions can't downplay or ignore sexual assaults or harassment, there is a major issue with the approach that the administration has taken. more >>
No school has to allow transgender students in the bathrooms of the opposite sex, regardless of what President Obama says. That's according to Matt Sharp, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom or ADF.
Sharp said President Obama's sweeping directive telling schools they must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice "violates the clear meaning of Title IX. It also violates Congressional authority, and state authority on this issue. And, it violates students' rights to privacy."
Though the president is threatening to withhold federal funding from any school that does not comply with his directive, Sharp said the administration must win its case in court before it can pull funding. However, to date, the administration has lost every court case challenging its transgender directives, except one. more >>
In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter. more >>
A group of public school students in Oregon skipped class earlier this week to stage a protest against President Obama's directive that public schools allow students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, not their birth sex.
Students and parents from Hedrick Middle School staged a protest Monday against the directive, arguing that the federal government's policy of giving students who are boys according to their birth sex access to girls bathrooms and changing rooms, and vice versa, endangers their safety.
In an interview with local news station KTVL channel 10, one student stated that a major reason for their objection was the concern that boys will use the directive as an excuse to enter girls' restrooms. more >>
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is demanding answers from the United States Department of Education over its controversial transgender bathroom directive that it and the Department of Justice sent to all United States public school districts last week.
The departments issued a joint edict to all public schools instructing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity last Friday and relied on Title IX law to justify its order.
With public schools running the risk of losing millions in federal education funding if they don't let biological boys into girls locker rooms and bathrooms, and vice versa, Lankford, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee, asserted in a letter to Education Secretary John B. King on Tuesday that the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX is actually contradictory to what the law states. more >>