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Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Christian University Welcoming Students Back to Campus Amid COVID-19
Liberty University, a private evangelical Christian university in Virginia, is welcoming students back to campus this week despite a little something known as COVID-19.
"I was on a conference call with other college presidents and representatives from private colleges, and we listened to what other schools were doing," president Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a statement shared to the school's site this week. "Many were throwing their hands up and saying they would just close and others were going to extend their breaks. At that time, we were on Spring Break, so we had time to work on it."
This process of choosing to "work on it" ultimately resulted in the decision to "get [students] back as soon as we can, the ones who want to come back."
A report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted that between a few hundred to more than 5,000 students were projected to be living in Liberty dorms as classes resumed this week. The majority of those classes have moved to online formats. Staff and faculty, however, are said to be coming to work in their usual capacity.
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There’s been a lot of people testing positive for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. A whole lot of people. So many that the World Health Organization has deemed it a pandemic. As a result of how rapidly things are spreading, there’s been a bit of a run on testing as there is still a lot of uncertainty around things, and you can be infected without showing symptoms for days, sometimes even weeks. But even though actor Nyle Dimarco has been showing almost all of the symptoms having contracted COVID-19, he refuses to be tested.
“I’ve been really sick and am now on the mend,” the actor wrote in an Instagram post. He also signed the entire message. “It is very possible I contracted coronavirus and I have access to get tested but I do not want to. The reason is because there is a shortage of COVID-19 test kits in the U.S. and the sick patients need it more than I do.”
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LGBTQ+ Students Forced to Leave Iowa Capitol After Trying to Use Bathrooms
On Thursday afternoon, state troopers forced a group of LGBTQ+ high school students to leave the Iowa Capitol building after the teenagers attempted to use the bathrooms that aligned with their gender identities. The students were at the Capitol building with Iowa Safe Schools, an organization that works to provide LGBTQ+ students in the state with safe and nurturing learning environments, in order to lobby state legislators on issues surrounding LGBTQ+ youth. Earlier in the day, the students lobbying efforts had seen success, after an Iowa Senate subcommittee advanced legislation that would ban the “gay/trans panic defense.”
But once bathrooms got involved, the situation got ugly. While a trans male student was using the men’s restroom, he was approached by a man who questioned the makeup he had on his face and reportedly told him “You’re in the wrong bathroom.” Soon afterward, several other male students were told by state troopers that they couldn’t enter the men’s restroom.
Homophobic taunting at college basketball game sparks investigation
The president of Monmouth University in New Jersey has launched an investigation after homophobic taunts were directed from the stands at a basketball player from a visiting team.
During a men's basketball game at the West Long Branch campus on Friday night, at least one person in a student section held a large sign that read: "Stick to Grindr."
Grindr bills itself as "the world's largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people."
Other students in that section of the arena held up signs displaying an image of a Siena College player's profile on the dating app Tinder, according to The Asbury Park Press, which first reported the incident.
A white student in Missouri sent a meme to black classmates that included a racial slur, school district says
Two black students at a Missouri middle school were sent a racist meme by a white classmate, the school district said, and the parents of one of the students want changes to the district's policies dealing with acts of racism.
The two eighth graders at Hixson Middle School were at lunch February 27 when they were sent a meme with a photograph of a white man spraying a young black child with a hose, the district said. Superimposed on the image was the phrase: "Go be a nigger somewhere else," according to Shaun Swearengen, the father of one of the students, who posted it on Facebook.
Students say they were tricked into coming out by their anti-gay school
Students at the Mormon-affiliated Brigham Young University in Utah say that the school tricked them into coming out by erasing “homosexual behavior” from its honor code and then bringing back the policy several weeks later.
Now they’re afraid of the consequences of coming out in an unsafe environment.
“There’s pictures of me on the news, kissing a girl in front of the Brigham Young statue. People who didn’t know before know now because I thought it didn’t matter,” she said. “It’s so much more scrutiny, and I feel like I’m not safe here anymore. I have kind of blown my cover as an LGBT student.”
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY RECRUITER TOLD STUDENTS TO LINE UP ACCORDING TO SKIN COLOR AND HAIR TEXTURE
Students at Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, were told to line up according to the color of their skin by a college recruiter, according to local news reports. Teenagers were then told to rank themselves based on their hair—specifically, on how "nappy" or not it was.
Juniors spoke to reporters at News 4, explaining that a representative from Oklahoma Christian University said little about the school itself and instead, asked students to "play a little game" without any explanation why.
On February 24, eleventh graders were first made to line up, with those with the lightest skin at one end and those with the darkest skin at the other end.
"He told us to line up—nappiest hair in the back and straightest hair in the front," Rio Brown, a student at Harding Charter, told News 4.
An announcer called names of girls’ basketball players ‘pretty disgusting.’ He was removed at halftime.
One member of the Crooked Oak High School girls’ basketball team raised her hands to her mouth in shock. Others appeared confused.
The visiting players from Oklahoma City had been lined up in two rows on the court waiting for the introduction of their starting lineup ahead of Friday’s playoff game against a rival school. But instead of reading their teammates’ names, the announcer first offered some unexpected commentary.
“Now, their names are pretty disgusting,” said the announcer for the home team, Newkirk High School. “But I’m going to try to call them out.”
Surprise rippled through the gymnasium as players exchanged looks of disbelief.
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Students thought their Mormon university was OK with gay people for a second. Oops.
Students kissed people of the same-sex in celebration of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) new honor code, which no longer prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
But the school is saying there was “some miscommunication” about what it means, leaving LGBTQ students confused about their rights on campus.
BYU is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church), which teaches that homosexuality is a “serious transgression” and whose members donated around $20 million to ban marriage equality in California in 2008.
According to Deseret News, BYU’s honor code used to say: “Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the honor code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”
The new honor code continues to assert that only a married man and woman should engage in sexual relations, but it no longer includes the section that mentioned “homosexual behavior.”
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“The case of Reynhard Sinaga has already provoked a backlash against LGBTIQ people in Indonesia,” says Paul Jansen, senior advisor for global advocacy at OutRight Action International. “Indonesian media sensationalized the case, presenting it not as the actions of one criminal, but rather as representative of the nature of all LGBTIQ people. In response, the city of Depok, south of Jakarta, has announced a witch hunt to chase LGBTIQ people out of the city, as ‘perverts and criminals have no place in the city.’ Other officials and other cities may follow suit. Rising hate speech is likely to increase hate-motivated discrimination, harassment, and violence against LGBTIQ people.”
In one example, Mohammad Idris, the mayor of Depok, recently directed police to weed out “LGBT behavior” and called on local agencies to stop the “spread of LGBT,” according to The Guardian. Using Sinaga’s crime as justification, Idris also vowed to launch a center in Depok to rehabilitate LGBTQ “victims.”
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Catholic school appears to force out two gay teachers because they’re engaged
The Archdiocese of Seattle is being accused of forcing two popular teachers to resign their positions due to their same-sex relationships. The teachers in question worked at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, and claim they found out about their ouster through a memo emailed to parents on Valentine’s Day.
Now, parents, students, and local councilmembers are calling out the archdiocese for the unpopular decision. The Archdiocese of Seattle maintains that the teacher’s resignations were voluntary.
A protest is being planned on Tuesday morning in front of the archdiocese, while students will stage a walkout that afternoon, when they return to class.
Paul Danforth – an English teacher – and Michelle Beattie – the a health & wellness teacher and soccer coach – both became engaged to partners of the same sex recently. Danforth was proposed to by his fiancee at Disneyland in November.
'There are too many white people in here': Black woman shouts 'this is a space for people of color' at students in multicultural center - before University of Virginia says the facility is open to everyone
In the footage, the woman grabs everyone's attention and then states: 'If you all didn't know, this is an MSC (multicultural student center) and frankly there are just too many white people in here.
'This is a space for people of color, so just be really cognizant of the space you're taking up because it does make some of us POCs feel uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here.'
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“I f**king hate n****rs,” Kingery said.
“You should probably chill, buddy,” said one student in the video as Kingery continued to use the racial slur. Another student tells him to shut up.
“I fucking hate fa***ts, too. How about that?” Kingery said.
Outrage ensues when four white students win MLK Jr. Day essay contest at University of Montana
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This demographic profile created some issues, however, when the school sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Day essay contest and four white students were announced as the winners. Students and other observers (most of them white themselves) got very upset.
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Rightwing pundit says his “Faggots are Maggots” tour was “inspired by” Donald Trump
A rightwing pundit said that he will be touring the country to show that “faggots are maggots,” and he said that he was inspired by none other than Donald Trump.
Mike Heath of Helping Hands Ministries appeared on Dave Daubenmire’s livestream last week to announce his upcoming speaking tour. Daubenmire himself has engaged in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the past, and he has been honored by his local Republican Party.
“I’m going to do a world tour,” Heath said on the program, reading from prepared remarks. “The theme is ‘Faggots are Maggots.’”
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