A California trial court has backed a private Southern Baptist school over its right to expel a transgender student, who is accused of committing fraud by applying for admission as a female. The court has also, however, awarded $4,000 in damages to the plaintiff for being excluded from the school's ancillary programs that are open to the public, such as the library and restaurants.
MSNBC reported on Monday that the student in question is 27-year-old Domaine Javier, who was born as a biological male but has identified as female since childhood. California Baptist University expelled Javier for fraud violations in 2011, after Javier appeared in an episode of MTV's "A True Life" and admitted to being born a male.
Javier's attorneys argued that CBU had violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on various categories, including sex and sexual orientation. more >>
A California school district has refused to apologize to one of its students for previously banning him from mentioning God in his graduation speech, saying instead that it has an "obligation" to prevent "prayers and other sectarian, proselytizing content" from being a part of the speech.
Brooks Hamby, the salutatorian of Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, made national headlines back in June when he ignored his school's attempts at censoring God from his graduation speech, instead giving an inspirational, Christian-oriented speech on the importance of standing up for one's beliefs.
Now, one month after the controversial speech went viral online, lawyers for the Brawley Union High School District say they will not apologize to Hamby for censoring religious references from his graduation speech, instead saying that the school has an "obligation" to remain secular during school functions. more >>
A lesbian student named Christian is now crying foul after alleging that Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma expelled her a few weeks shy of her senior year in college this month because she broke her lifestyle covenant with the school when she married her girlfriend.
Southwestern Christian University, which has just under 700 students, requires that all of them sign a Lifestyle Covenant espousing traditional Christian values.
Christian Minard, 22, who came to the school on a basketball scholarship, told CNN that even though she broke the covenant, she believes the school is unfairly punishing her for her Sapphic desire as many other students have broken the school's lifestyle covenant before and did not face similar consequences. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham expressed "shock" that an Assembly of God member volunteered as a teacher for a Unitarian Church's "Evolution Camp" for children in Missouri.
"I must admit I was shocked to read (if it is true) that an 'Angela McCoy, who homeschools her son, Finn, 6, and is a member of a local Assembly of God church, volunteered as a teacher for Evolution Camp,'" he wrote. more >>
A Christian university in Oklahoma has expelled a student, who was one semester away from completing her degree, for marrying her same-sex partner.
Christian Mynard, the student, said her school, Southwestern Christian University, gave her a letter after she and her "wife" came back from their honeymoon, saying she will no longer be attending the university.
"Due to this recent event, you will not be able attend SCU in the future," the letter read. more >>
The U.S. Department of Education has closed a complaint by a female to male transgender student, granting her Oregon Christian college a religious exemption and thereby the right to deny the student's request to reside in school housing reserved for only males.
The Education Department officially denied Jayce Marcus' complaint and granted the George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, a religious exemption from having to follow portions of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act that conflict with the school's religious views, according to PQ Monthly, a Portland-based LGBT magazine.
Marcus, 20, had filed a complaint to the Education Department in April after being refused the permission to be housed with other male students. Marcus, who had been in the female dorms, completed her sexual transition to become a "man" over the last year. more >>