A Baptist college in Jefferson City, Tenn. was recently granted exemption by the federal government from Title IX, allowing them to ban LGBTQ students, women who have had abortions, unwed mothers, and pregnant women.
The president of Carson-Newman University, Dr. Randall O’Brien, sent a letter in May according to WVLT, a news station in Knoxville, requesting to be exempt from Title IX, a federal law prohibiting colleges from discriminating against students for any reason.
“This is who we are our religious principles and in a changing world we want to reaffirm who we are and intend to be,” O’Brien told an anchor from WVLT.
During their interview with him, he mainly deflected many of the questions to his attorney.
“I believe he felt it would strengthen our First Amendment rights. I don’t know why something would be necessary but since he’s counsel I felt we’d follow the template.”
Read the actual letter the president filed here and check out the rest of his interview with WVLT here:
Carson-Newman University isn’t the only to be exempt from Title IX. More than a dozen Christian colleges applied and been exempt from Title IX including East Texas Baptist University, Howard Payne University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, North Greenville University, Judson College, University of Mobile, Louisiana College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Union University, the University of the Cumberlands, and Williams Baptist College.