Transgender professor asked to leave Christian school

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A Californian Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he came out as transgender.

Heather Clements taught theology at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years, but this past year, he began referring to himself as H. Adam Ackley. “This year has been a transition from being a mentally ill woman to being a sane, transgendered man,” he said.

Ackley, who is in his third year of a five-year contract at a school that does not use the tenure system, said university policies seem to be silent about transgender issues, except that “Humans were created as gendered beings.”

“I did not get a sense directly from the individuals with whom I was speaking that they had a theological problem with transgender identity,” Ackley said. “I did get the message that it has to do with their concern that other people, such as donors, parents and churches connected to the university will have problems not understanding transgender identity.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/transgender-professor-azusa-pacific-_n_3977109.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

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4 thoughts on “Transgender professor asked to leave Christian school

    • No. The school is setting the right example here. Apostle Paul asked once “if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for battle?” to stress the importance of not sending mixed messages.
      The Bible was clear that men wearing women’s clothing and women wearing men’s clothing was wrong, even though the Bible was written in an age where the distinction between women and men’s clothes seem blurred to us. Even then, the distinction between the sexes was kept clear. So the school was right in dismissing this person, as his/her behaviour is not consistent with the Christian message that the school is trying to send.

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      • However if you disagree with me, show me a bible verse contradicting the idea that humans were created as gendered beings. And I will show a multitude of verses indicating that the Bible condemns blurring of the genders.

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