By Victor Ochieng
In America today, there are several issues that have brought disunity and resentment, so rooted that speaking against such almost amount to infringing on human rights. Nonetheless, human rights must be respected regardless of whether you agree with other people’s lifestyles or not. However, when we talk about Christianity and her teachings, we can’t ignore the fact that there are certain things that America as a nation has embraced that are simply not in line with the scriptures.
Transgenderism, for instance, is one of the most controversial topics of discussion in this nation. What’s even worse is the fact that institutions are now bending their own rules in order to conform to the current trends. One very interesting example that happened this last Tuesday was an announcement made by Spelman College.
The President of the all-women institution announced last week that they will be admitting transgender students in the next school year. However, the school sent out a letter explaining the new policy and that students who identified themselves as males will not be allowed in the school. They specified that the only transgender students being admitted in the school are those that consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.
In their letter, the school also stated that “in adopting this admissions policy, Spelman continues its fervent belief in the power of the Spelman Sisterhood…….Students who choose Spelman come to our campus prepared to participate in a women’s college that is academically and intellectually rigorous, and affirms its core mission as the education and development of high-achieving Black women.”
The announcement by the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) made for a very hot topic of discussion on social media, with some Alumnae speaking against the decision even as others applauded the move.
One lady who is a 1994 graduate said, “I applaud my beloved alma mater’s proactive stance while still honoring the institution’s traditions……I am as proud of Spelman College as I was the first moment I set foot on campus more than 25 years ago.”
There is a growing trend of colleges that were initially all-women changing their rules to admit transgender students who were male at birth but are now living as females in the society. Since 2014, about eight single-gender Universities have been opening their doors to transgender students.
The letter, which was written by Campbell, also indicated that they’re planning to have a committee to consider the impact this kind of move will have on the campus.