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Good on Fluharty for withdrawing. I think Trump's ban is disgraceful.
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Bandcamp is donating all its profits today to the Transgender Law Center. Go buy some music.
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The problem with the student is not simply that he thinks homosexuality is a sin and gay marriage is not Biblically valid.

It's that he expressed support for government workers imposing their beliefs on citizens in contravention of the law. Which clearly suggests that as a social worker, he might feel that it is acceptable for him to deny services to LGBT people or refuse to recognize a same-sex spouse as a spouse on the basis of his beliefs. Regardless of whether that was publicly posted, I think that's an issue. If you want to be a gov't worker, you need to commit to fulfilling the law without discrimination.

Of course, the university is also correct in stating that simply expressing such bigoted sentiments would affect how LGBT people would feel trusting him to treat them fairly. And the issue of supporting Kim Davis makes that even worse, since he's expressed support explicitly for treating LGBT citizens differently.

The article does not frame it in terms of his support for gov't officials applying their personal beliefs to the application of the law, and it seems possible that the university did not either. Instead it's about how his hateful sentiments would make LGBT people feel. I agree with that, of course, but I am somewhat sensitive to the notion that crybaby Christians will feel all persecuted if you suggest that they can't talk about how Sodomites burn in hell forever anymore. It's stupid, but stupid people vote (of course, I don't know what public opinion is in the UK, it might be that there's no reason to be concerned). Focusing on how his statements suggest he would not perform his duties is a stronger argument since it does not rely as much on being strongly enough pro-LGBT to think that being anti-gay for religious reasons is no more valid than being racist and dressing it up as religious. We wouldn't let a KKK member justify discriminating against black people as a religious belief, and I'd say the same for anti-LGBT discrimination. The fact that there's stronger scriptural support for anti-gay bigotry is irrelevant, the gov't's job is not to adjudicate such theological distinctions.

(I would, however, be interested to know whether they would similarly expel a Muslim for expressing support for sharia or otherwise endorsing Islamic anti-LGBT rules. Not because I think both should stay but because I think both should be expelled.)
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