Where's the church? Who took the steeple?
Jimmy Buffett -- Fruitcakes
Oh, if only we could hear a mea culpa or two from Spring Arbor University's administration.
We're not going to get one. Not any time soon, anyway. President Brent Ellis is digging his heels in ever deeper each time he speaks out on the subject of his university's recent Title IX exemptions.
Problem for him is, he doesn't realize that it's horse shit that his heels are digging into.
Ellis recently e-mail blasted SAU alumni with a letter full of, essentially, nothing that hasn't already been said before. Which is to say, a whole lotta nothing. He does state that, throughout this upcoming academic year, he will be "engaging in conversations with faculty and students" on the topic, but not only does his phrasing of that particular sentence call homosexuality and transgenderism "life style choices [sic]," it leads anyone with half a brain to understand that these will not be "conversations," they will be more along the lines of the world-famous Spring Arbor University Stern Talking-To™.
Feeling encouraged yet? Neither am I.
Here are my other problems with what the letter has to say.
"This modification in the Department of Education’s guidelines surrounding Title IX necessitated Spring Arbor University to file for an exemption in regard to several components of Title IX including gender identity and sexual relationships outside of the biblical definition of marriage."
That's a lie. The only changes made to Title IX -- and they weren't actually changes, it was simply a clarification of the existing statute -- were to include transgender people as a protected class. The only changes Spring Arbor would have had to deal with would have been to treat transgender people as -- gasp! -- actual people. God forbid!
"Spring Arbor University affirms the full humanity and dignity of every human being, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
No, they do not. Not so long as the school continues to operate under the lie that gays, lesbians and transgender people are inherently sinful they don't. You don't get to deny the biological nature of someone and still claim to "affirm [their] full humanity and dignity." This sentence, in particular, is a bald-faced lie.
"Our exemption allows us to maintain these guidelines and is in no way a change of practice or policy."
What Ellis fails to explain -- the lie of omission upon which ALL of this is based -- is that none of these legal exemptions were necessary in order to continue enforcing the Student Code of Conduct. NONE of them. You'll notice how he never actually quotes the letter from the DoE to point out what "changes" made these exemptions necessary. That's because there are no such changes.
"Our desire is for Spring Arbor University to continue to be a redemptive community where we each, in our brokenness and vulnerability, experience the grace of Jesus Christ and mutually encourage each other toward living lives that honor and glorify our God."
Then they should start behaving like it.
Basically, Ellis is simply restating that Spring Arbor will continue to deny the full body of science and psychiatry that proves inborn biological causes for sexual orientation and gender identity, and will continue to demand exemptions from federal law in regard to dealing with those whom they claim to love... all while, of course, continuing to accept federal funding.
Brent Ellis: you, sir, are lying. You are in denial, you are acting upon hatred and willful ignorance, and you only continue to do more harm -- not just to your own university, but to the very name of Jesus Christ, whom you claim to represent here on Earth.
Now I challenge you, sir: do what your institution supposedly exists to teach others to do. Learn. Research the topics at hand and at least make an attempt to understand the people you are very clearly bigoted toward. Encourage all Spring Arbor University staff, faculty and students to do the same. If you truly set out to understand these people, at some point, you will necessarily break down and openly weep over how terribly you've acted and how horrendously you and the school have treated them over the years.
Maybe, just maybe, we might get a mea culpa out of you then.