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Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny

President Michael Lindsay among 26 CCCU presidents urging an exemption clause in pending executive order.

   A Massachusetts town cut short its contract with Gordon College after the school's president asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an expected non-discrimination order.

   Gordon president D. Michael Lindsay—also a CT board member—was among 14 other Christian thought and policy leaders, including CT's executive editor Andy Crouch, who signed the letter. They asked Obama to allow religious exemptions in an anticipated executive order that could require organizations to hire people regardless of sexual orientation in order to receive federal funding.

   "Without a robust religious exemption, like the provisions in the Senate-passed ENDA, this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom," the July 1 letter stated.

   Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll on July 9 terminated Gordon's contract to manage the city's Old Town Hall, saying in a letter to Lindsay that the college "now advocates for discrimination against the LGBT community." The college, a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), is located in Wenham, seven miles away from Salem, and had managed a museum and theater production at the town hall.

   "While I respect your rights to embed religious values on a private college campus, religious freedom does not afford you the right to impose those beliefs upon others and cannot be extended into a publicly owned facility or any management contract for a publicly owned facility, like Old Town Hall," Driscoll said in the letter.

   The letter indicates that the contract may be renewed with a revised contract that specifically protects against discrimination ...Continue reading...

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