Trump Taps LGBT Foe Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Education Task Force - Advocate.com

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Donald Trump has chosen the anti-LGBT fundamentalist Jerry Falwell Jr. to go a federal process pressure on Division of Schooling policy.

Falwell, the president of Liberty University, sees his appointment “as a response to what he referred to as ‘overreaching regulation’ and micromanagement by the division,” The Chronicle of Higher Education stories.

In his Tuesday interview with the Chronicle, Falwell specifically talked about insurance policies on accreditation and scholar mortgage reimbursement, but it might not be shocking if he saw insurance policies banning discrimination towards LGBT students as “overreaching regulation.”

The code of conduct at Liberty University, founded by Falwell’s notoriously homophobic father, states that “sexual relations outdoors of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a pure born lady are usually not permissible.” The college has hosted several anti-LGBT occasions, together with some that endorse so-called conversion remedy. Amongst its other far-right positions, the varsity helps creationism and climate change denial.

Falwell has additionally made Islamophobic statements. After the mass capturing in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015, he said, “I’ve all the time thought that if extra good individuals had concealed-carry permits [for guns], then we might finish those Muslims before they walked in and killed.” He later stated “these Muslims” was a reference to solely the San Bernardino attackers, not Muslims usually. He helps concealed carry of firearms on school campuses, and Liberty permits students to have guns in residence halls.

He was an early supporter of Trump’s presidential marketing campaign, at a time when another leaders of the Christian proper did not absolutely belief Trump to embrace their crusades towards LGBT rights and abortion. He informed the Chronicle that Trump provided him the place with the duty drive in November, after he turned down a suggestion to be secretary of Schooling as a result of it might take him away from the college, and he was given permission this week to debate the matter publicly.

LGBT activists have been quick to denounce Falwell’s appointment. “Jerry Falwell Jr. checks all of the bins for an schooling publish in the Trump administration: He is bigoted, unqualified, and reliably against defending college students from predatory corporations,” stated a statement issued by Congressman Mark Takano of California. “As a homosexual man, I am enraged that his anti-LGBT rhetoric is being rewarded with a management submit. As a former instructor, I'm deeply involved for college kids who will inevitably be exploited by unregulated for-profit schooling corporations. And as an American, I proceed to be appalled by President Trump’s pattern of choosing unqualified ideologues to information nationwide schooling policy.”

Added Equality Federation spokesman Mark Daniel Snyder: “Jerry Falwell Jr. espouses an extreme anti-LGBTQ and anti-science worldview. He poses an actual menace to our group, especially younger people who should have a fair opportunity to study free from discrimination and prejudices. It's deeply troubling that Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with the ‘who’s who’ of homophobic, racist, and xenophobic leaders. We'll resist any try and poison our academic system with anti-LGBTQ and anti-science extremism.”

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