3 Christian schools shift their policies on homosexuality

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  • Mayfair City, Ut
    July 15, 2015 10:13 a.m.

    What in the world??

    Its like in a war, where you hold the higher ground and the advantage.

    And then, because the enemy says you can't do that because its unfair and they don't like it, so you just cave-in, and abandon everything and give up your higher ground, and give it over TO THEM?

  • slcman SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 14, 2015 10:37 a.m.

    @Lagomorph. As an alumni of Notre Dame, I assure you that it most certainly is a school. A very rigorous and respected one. That its athletic program makes a lot of money doesn't negate that fact.

    Next time you're in South Bend, stop by and visit a class.

  • shadow01 Edwardsville, IL
    July 14, 2015 9:02 a.m.

    And so it is...Good becomes Evil and Evil good.
    Once again man defines and remakes God according to what man decides is right wrong, moral and immoral.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2015 8:49 a.m.

    cthulhu_fhtagn: “They're neither. They're universities.”

    Or, in the case of UND, a football team with some classrooms nearby.

    Doug Robinson, DesNews 9/20/13: "Forbes magazine recently published a list of college football’s biggest moneymakers. Texas ranks No. 1... Then came Notre Dame... These aren’t schools; they are big corporations with schools attached."

    Despite its ownership, UND is essentially a secular corporation. It is not surprising they chose to follow civil law with regards to benefits.

  • Radd83 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 13, 2015 10:25 p.m.

    good for them. "as for me and my house,we will serve the Lord". To each his own. We all have choices. Some choose to follow the living scriptures, and some choose not too. That Hope, Baylor and Belmont and Notre Dame extended benefits to same sex people, is their business. It still doesn't legitimize it against the holy scriptures. Yes, it upsets me. Yes, its legal, but still not moral. I'm glad that there are some people that still have moral standards. I'm glad that churches don't have to recognize same sex marriage and that they can still be unregulated by the federal government.

  • cthulhu_fhtagn Seattle, WA
    July 13, 2015 6:45 p.m.

    "Once again these church universities prove that they are churches of man and not of God."

    They're neither. They're universities.

  • djofraleigh raleigh, NC
    July 13, 2015 6:36 p.m.

    Christian standards must change with the times.

  • RJohnson Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2015 10:57 a.m.

    Hey, licensed commercial bakers, florists, and photographers, Notre Dame has a message for you:

    "Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage. However, IT WILL FOLLOW the relevant CIVIL law and begin to implement this change immediately,"

    I guess they actually read Matthew 22:16-21

  • OneHumanFamily Provo, UT
    July 13, 2015 10:47 a.m.

    On one hand it is sad that it took a new law for these schools to treat their gay employees equally, but at least they are willing to move forward.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 13, 2015 10:17 a.m.

    Once again these church universities prove that they are churches of man and not of God.

  • Quickslow87 Dallas, TX
    July 13, 2015 5:18 a.m.

    I wonder how Brigham Young University and others church affiliated schools will react.

  • well informed Salt Lake, UT
    July 12, 2015 11:18 p.m.

    "Other Christian colleges, however, will not be changing their policies, Christianity Today reported. These institutions include Fuller Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Gordon College, Westmont College, Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University and Messiah College."

    Good for these schools, they got it right.

  • Contrariuserer mid-state, TN
    July 12, 2015 9:44 a.m.

    "In addition to Hope, Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will also be offering benefits to "all legally married couples," according to Christianity Today. This decision has come after the 2011 move adding sexual orientation to the university's nondiscrimination policy."

    I'm very proud of these universities, and especially of Belmont in my home town of Nashville.

    Belmont fired/forced to resign a beloved soccer coach in 2010 after she told her team that she was planning to have a baby with her female partner -- so their policy turnarounds since then have been extremely gratifying. And that former coach has gone on to become a major figure in LGBT rights in Nashville, so Belmont may actually have done her a favor in the long run!

    At the time of that controversy, a major donor to the university remarked that "Belmont has to decide whether they want to be a national, recognized university... or they want to be a church."

    Other religion-based universities across the country need to ask themselves the same question.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 12, 2015 7:18 a.m.

    Kudos to Hope College, Belmont University, Baylor University and the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's -- they got it right. Good job.