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University of Phoenix President Tim Slottow

The University of [Confusion] Phoenix re Homosexuality and Preferred Gender

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On March 1, 2017, the University of Phoenix President Tim Slottow disseminated a message via email for all of the University of Phoenix faculty and staff which undoubtedly was a superfluous message that was not about homework or passing grades—it was about homosexuality and preferred gender [emphasis added].

University of Phoenix remains committed to and greatly values a diverse, inclusive, supportive, safe and nondiscriminatory environment in which all students, faculty and employees feel valued and respected. We believe that this environment enriches the University. Our Nondiscrimination Policy incorporates protections, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, transgender status, and gender variance.”

The University’s endeavor to assimilate homosexual sin into their policies is sending a message that their interpretation of inclusivity is the established religion that requires every faculty and student to accept the homosexual agenda or face the consequences. This ethical erosion is what empowers young, confused, sinful men and women to rebel against authority, society, and most importantly God. Angry, progressively liberal Democrats that support abortion and homosexual marriage are the perfect example.

Gender confusion and homosexual sin have nothing to do with the University’ mission and purpose statement that: “provides access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the performance of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities.” How can a homosexual student develop knowledge when they are encouraged to reject the intrinsic knowledge that God has indelibly engraved in their hearts when He created them either male and female? The creation account was a result of God’s holy power—not a homosexual’s preference. If the University of Phoenix reinforces their policies of moral degradation, their students will not be taught leadership—but rather lewdness.

The University of Phoenix President exacerbated his message with the following bullet points that show partially towards homosexuals, and impartiality towards those who disagree:

“*   to be treated according to the gender you identify with,
*   to be called by the name and pronouns consistent with your gender identity,
*   not to be bullied or harassed because of your transgender or gender non-conforming identity,
*   to equal opportunities regardless of your gender, including gender identity or expression,
*   to use restrooms and other facilities that are consistent with your gender identity, and,
*   to privacy concerning your transgender identity and gender transition
.”

Slottow’s message has several implications that I would like to address, since observers may feel he is guilty of viewpoint discrimination which is assumed to be unconstitutional:

Slottow seems to be benighted that when he promises homosexuals to be treated according to their self-identified gender, or called by the name they prefer, or to use restrooms they they prefer, he is actually showing partiality towards homosexuals, and impartiality towards Christians. A born-again Christian affirms the homosexual lifestyle as a transgression of God’s law that adamantly rejects creation (Genesis 1:27), perverts God’s design for marriage, family, procreation (Genesis 2:24-25), and is a practice that will lead its adherents to hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Is Slottow going to punish Christians faculty members or students who will not violate their Christian conscience by calling homosexuals by the pronouns they prefer? How is Slottow going to respond to complaints that arise from Christian faculty members and students who feel their beliefs are not being supported, valued, and respected as the University promised? How will Slottow respond to complaints from female faculty and students who may be exposed to mixed genitals in the women’s bathrooms? This is why the University of Phoenix Vice President/Title IX Coordinator should carefully review the recurrent constitutional polices before assuming that a Christian or someone opposed to homosexual sin will agree with the universities untenable policy that has constitutional implications that have not been addressed.

In closing, this article is not espousing a view that exhorts Christians or anyone to mistreat homosexuals. I affirm that God created male and female in His image, which means that every human being, to include homosexuals, should be treated with dignity and self-worth. The intent of this article is to adjure the University of Phoenix to consider the implications of their policies regarding homosexuality, to ensure Christian faculty members and students beliefs will not be abridged.

The intent of this article is also to remind the University of Phoenix faculty and students about the necessity of the Gospel—the only cure for the malady of homosexuality, and all other sins that transgress the law of God. This is why University of Phoenix faculty and students who profess Christ must lovingly and respectfully share the Gospel, and pray as Abraham did, when he said:

“…Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there…” (Genesis 18:32)



 

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