Students sue their Christian universities – POLITICO

During his freshman year at Oral Roberts University, a conservative evangelical college in Tulsa, Okla., Andrew Hartzler was called to the dean’s office. He had been reported to have his boyfriend in his dorm.

Hartzler, who is gay and enrolled in ORU at his father’s insistence, could have been expelled for violating the school’s honor code that prohibits homosexuality. But the Covid shutdown brought him a twisted stroke of luck: He managed to avoid meetings, leave campus and complete his degree in psychology, graduating in May 2021.

Now, Hartzler is part of a class action lawsuit against the Department of Education, asking the court to strike down the religious exemption that allows universities like ORU to circumvent laws protecting students from discrimination.

In a secular school, discrimination against LGBTQ students violates Title IX, a 1972 federal law that protects against sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. But none of those protections exist for the roughly 100,000 LGBTQ students at more than 200 religious colleges and universities who have taken advantage of the law’s broad religious exemption. Despite policies that LGBTQ activists say are discriminatory, Oral Roberts University received a $7.3 million award in 2020 under the CARES Act and an additional $9.1 million as part of a fund education stabilization program, according to a federal funding database. This is in addition to regular financial aid.

In this partnership between POLITICO Magazine and Type Investigations, Sarah Posner explores the history of religious exemptions to civil rights laws at Christian universities — and the coming legal battle between LGBTQ students and evangelical institutions that are increasingly at odds with general cultural mores, even among whites. evangelicals themselves – 61% of whom support anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, according to a recent poll.

Read Posner’s story.

“[His argument is] as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a starving pigeon.

Can you guess who said that about Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas during the 1858 Senate campaign? Scroll down for the answer.

From Gen X Rocker to Trumpy Pol… Cherielynn Westrich’s life has been a Gen X dream: she signed to Madonna’s label, toured with Alanis Morissette, fixed cars on a mechanics reality TV show, and made funny videos with Maya Rudolph. Now she does the most Gen X thing of all: Republican politics.

In the most ’90s story we’ve read all year, Ben Jacobs reports on Westrich, the Iowa statewoman who was inspired by Donald Trump to enter politics, and the tendency to the right of his generation, which turned out to be even more conservative. than baby boomers. “First [Gen Xers] were key kids, then they were lazy,” Jacobs writes, “but now they’re Republicans.

This week, Congress held its first hearing in more than 50 years on UFOs. Head in the clouds? Here’s what you need to know to look like you read all the reports. (By Bryan Bender of POLITICO.)

– First of all, “UFOs” are so 1966. The Pentagon now calls them “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”, or UAPs. Speaking of terrible acronyms, he calls his congressionally mandated effort to standardize military UAP data the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, or AIMSOG.

– Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, mentioned some 400 documented UAP incidents dating back to the early 2000s and at least 11 narrowly avoided with US military aircraft.

– Need examples? Just mention the “flying silver sphereand “the shining red orb”.

– Delight #UFOTwitter with a reference to “undersea UAP”, which Bray oddly declined to comment on publicly.

– Don’t be afraid to contradict your party line. Curiosity about the UAP seems to be the only problem in Congress with a bipartisan consensus.

Who is responsible for radicalization? … Following last week’s racist Buffalo shooting that left 10 dead and three injured, Katelyn Fossett spoke with former Department of Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, who now works at a company that fights radicalization, to learn more about how strains of extremism spread.

“What extremist researchers are saying is ‘the conditions are ripe for violence,'” Neumann says. Uncertainty about globalization has played a role, as have politicians and public figures, especially on the right. “They know what they are doing. They choose to ignore it, or they think they can get away with it,” Neumann says. But she did not lose hope.

67 percent… of registered voters who bought an appliance that cost at least $5,000, a car or a house in the past year say Republican members of Congress involved in the Jan. 6 events should testify under oath before a congressional committee. In comparison, 58% of people who doesn’t buying a major appliance, car or house thinks these Republicans should testify.

Each week, The Weekend inserts a question into a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll and sees what the crosstabs yield. Do you have suggestions ? Email us at [email protected].

The return of Marlon Brando… If you’ve heard of the New York Harbor Waterfront Commission, it’s probably because of Marlon Brando’s 1954 crime drama “On The Waterfront,” a grim tale of mob violence and union corruption among tank tops. Now, the Dark Commission, a special bi-state police agency created to combat such crimes, is sparking a clash between two Democratic governors: Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Kathy Hochul of New York. In this screen-worthy tale straight out of Mafia history, Ry Rivard chronicles the fraught conflict over the future of riverside commerce.

This photo of Peanuts and Jimmy Carter-related memorabilia up for sale in Plains, Georgia, where the former president was born, originally aired in U.S. News and World Report Magazine in April 1977, the first year of Carter’s presidency.

After his father’s death, Carter resigned from the United States Navy and took over the family peanut business. The cartoonish Peanut adorned with his grin became a feature of his 1976 presidential campaign.

Souvenirs on sale included a “Pet Peanut” kit with care instructions; “Peanut Power” cleaning spray, suitable for use on “atomic subs” and “lemonade stands” according to label; glass peanut pendants and golden peanut earrings.

Thanks to the Library of Congress and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum for providing information on this image.

** Who dispelled? Answer: Future President Abraham Lincoln threw this zinger on Douglas’ “popular sovereignty” stance on expanding slavery to US territories, which would have allowed settlers to adopt slavery, rather than submit the issue in Congress.