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02/04/2010

The hollow halls of anti-gay academia

by Jeremy Hooper

When one attends Liberty University, all of the education will be filtered through the kind of conservative faith-shaped sieve that only prepares students for the real world if "real" is redefined to mean "LGBT-less." For instance, rather than the typical varieties of science, LU students must enroll in classes like Science That's Shunned by all Credible Bodies of, uhm, Science 101:

Lynchburg, VA – Liberty University School of Law will host a one-day conference followed by a one-day symposium addressing homosexuality and its consequences. The Friday, February 12, conference is entitled “Understanding Same-sex Attractions and Their Consequences.” On Saturday, February 13, the Liberty University Law Review will host a legal symposium entitled “Homosexual Rights and First Amendment Freedoms: Can They Truly Coexist?”
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This two-day long symposium begins at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 12, in the Vines Center of Liberty University at Liberty’s convocation service during which Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, will speak. The afternoon event, titled “Understanding Same-Sex Attractions and Their Consequences,” begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Supreme Courtroom of Liberty University School of Law. Speakers include Alan Chambers; Julie Harren-Hamilton, President of NARTH; Tim Clinton, President of the American Association of Christian Counselors; Rena Lindevaldsen, Associate Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, and Mathew Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law.
LU Law School Hosts Conference on the Consequences of Same-Gender Attraction [LC]

B.S., indeed.

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Ah, Rena Lindevaldsen.

She's the little darling who advocated telling school kids "If you want to change, you can".

I guess that helps her sleep after spending a long full day advocating for mistreatment of gay people. Because if they didn't want her and her organization attacking their lives, their freedoms, and their family then they could just change.

So she's justified in her raging homophobia, you see.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Feb 4, 2010 6:52:46 PM

Liberty Law School keeps on sending me mail. I laugh every time I get it.

Posted by: RebLaw | Feb 4, 2010 8:42:18 PM

Is Liberty University even accredited? Seems to be unintellectually biased. They aren't teaching at this university, they are proselytizing. A good university teaches it's students how to think. It doesn't lead them around by the nose.

Posted by: Mykelb | Feb 4, 2010 10:50:11 PM

Liberty University is such a confusing place. Both my brothers went there a decade apart, both of them say they got great educations (that got them into good graduate schools) and they had a lot of fun there, but both of them say there's no way they'd recommend it for graduate school (or for anything science-related) unless your future career goal is in right wing politics. Based on people he knows, my younger brother has favorable things to say about the quality of academics at the law school, but at the same time says that's precisely the problem--they aren't idiots, they're actually very good at what they do. Then, on top of everything else, for a school that's as obsessed with proclaiming the "evils of homosexuality" as Liberty is, there are an awful lot of barely closeted students who are out to their friends, just not to the administration.

Posted by: Ryn | Feb 5, 2010 4:13:24 PM

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