Sun 21 Oct Thousands more watch a live stream of the event. The star attraction has twice been Donald Trump , in and But not at Liberty. The Christian university which dominates the town of Lynchburg, Virginia, has become almost synonymous with Trump.
The number of schools on the list spiked up to this year from last year, in part, because more schools have pending or approved religious exemptions to Title IX of the Education Amendments of , which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. As Title IX was expanded to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, colleges applied for these religious exemptions in order to maintain their policies that exclude LGBTQ students and legally protect themselves while doing so. All of these schools were placed on the Shame List, but that was not the only criterion that the organization considered. When asked about its appearance on the Shame List, a Westmont spokesperson told NBC News the college "is committed to welcoming, caring for and supporting all our students. Alumnus Tristan Campbell said he was told by the university that he could not continue holding his job as a resident assistant if he was out as bisexual. Campbell, who attended the school from until , also led a campaign calling on the university to waive its religious exemption to Title IX.
Liberty University, the country's largest private nonprofit university, has issued a statement clarifying its hiring practices after a viral news report revealed that the conservative Christian school's stage company had sought the services of an "open homosexual advocate" for its production of "Mary Poppins. Liberty has never required vendors who provide goods and services to the university to adhere to the university's doctrinal beliefs. When questioned by the Christian News Network about the hiring of Geoffrey Goldberg to help choreograph its production of "Mary Poppins," Linda Nell Cooper, director of Liberty University's Alluvion Stage Company, told the publication that Goldberg was hired "based on his professionalism and his talent like everyone else.
Democratic candidates for president try to appeal to an ideological audience that pays attention to early campaigns, but will that hurt the candidates in the longer term? Historic Christian colleges like Nyack College are facing financial crises that are forcing big changes. State constitutional roadblocks to school choice grew out of anti-Catholic hostility and the myth of educational neutrality.