Target: Dr. Randall O’Brien, president of the Carson-Newman University
Goal: Denounce University for banning gay students, unwed mothers, women who’ve had abortions and pregnant women.
A University is now legally allowed to ban students whose “lifestyles” are opposite of the school’s Christian values. This includes the ability to ban gay students, unwed mothers, women who’ve had abortions and pregnant women.
Dr. Randall O’Brien, the president of Carson-Newman University–a private Southern Baptist college located in Jefferson City–Tennessee, appears to be proud of the ban, saying that it represents the school’s religious principles and reaffirms “who we are and who we intend to be.” Even more horrifically, Carson-Newman University’s legal counsel filed similar waivers for many other Christian schools, with 30 other colleges reportedly able to implement the same ban.
This ban is disgusting and unjust in a country where we are supposed to uphold the values of equality, liberty and justice for all. This ban represents the sickening hate from the past that some still hold onto in an attempt to stop progress in the future. Tell Carson-Newman University this ban is an embarrassing injustice and they should be ashamed of broadcasting their hate.
Dear President O’Brien,
You recently won the legal right to ban students who you feel don’t belong at your university because who they are as people go against your values. You’ve fought a legal battle to be able to ban gay students, unwed mothers, women who’ve had abortions and pregnant women.
This doesn’t seem like something Jesus would do, yet you’ve made an official policy out of discrimination and hate. The worst part is that you’re proud of this. Why continue to hold onto old values that are essentially malicious and unjust? You and other Christians at your university should be welcoming people with open arms and compassion.
What you’re doing is wrong, and we as a community will not let you get away with it.
[Your Name Here]
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