Leading Faith-Based University Embraces Obama Admin’s ‘Transgender’ Mandate

Pepperdine_University_Malibu_Canyon_Entrance_GateMALIBU, Calif. – A prominent faith-based university has quietly embraced the Obama Administration’s mandate on “transgender” students and will allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, as it has now withdrawn its exemption from the government policy.

Pepperdine University is a private California school affiliated with the Churches of Christ. In terms of a total number of students, Pepperdine is the largest Church of Christ-affiliated university in the U.S., with a total student body of approximately 7,500.

As a university that identifies itself as Christian, Pepperdine advertises its adherence to biblical morals.

“Founded in the Church of Christ tradition, Pepperdine University proudly upholds Christian values,” the university’s website states. “We believe these values complement and support the pursuit of knowledge.”

However, despite the school’s stated adherence to these values, it recently embraced the U.S. Department of Education’s controversial stance on “transgender” students.

As previously reported, the U.S. government in May began urging schools to allow students to use the restrooms corresponding with their “gender identity” or else lose federal funding. The guidelines are based on the Obama Administration’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Although several Church of Christ-affiliated schools have requested and obtained exemptions from the controversial policy, Pepperdine has chosen instead to embrace the Obama Administration’s interpretation of Title IX. In a letter to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this year, the president of Pepperdine asked the department to nullify the school’s 40-year-old exemption.

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“While the university continues to be controlled, within the meaning contemplated by Title IX, through its affiliations with the Churches of Christ, the university is committed to complying with Title IX,” Andrew Benton, the university’s president, wrote.

He seemingly did not want Pepperdine to be publicly recognized as a religious school seeking exemption from Title IX.

“The university would appreciate OCR removing it from any list of universities holding a Title IX exemption or, alternatively, including this withdrawal in any public disclosure of its Title IX exemption materials,” Benton wrote.

According to a 1985 letter from the Department of Education, Pepperdine University had sought an exemption from Title IX due in part to the school’s belief “that God approves sexual relationships only between male and female in holy wedlock” and took disciplinary action against students or employees “involved in sexual relationships outside the holy union of wedlock.”

However, in a statement this year, a Pepperdine spokesperson suggested that the school’s values have changed since that original exemption request.

“Pepperdine requested religious exemption from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in 1976, and it was granted by the Department of Education in 1985. Early this year, the university withdrew from the previously granted exemption because it does not fully reflect Pepperdine’s values today,” the statement said. “We believe that Pepperdine’s mission and the goals of Title IX are aligned, and we are committed to complying with Title IX in its entirety.”

Although Pepperdine no longer desires the religious exemption from Title IX, other private Christian schools are standing by their biblical convictions regarding human sexuality. For example, Oklahoma Christian University, another prominent school affiliated with the Churches of Christ, sought and successfully obtained an exemption from the controversial policy in 2014.

“In order for Oklahoma Christian University to be true to its founding documents and the sincerely held religious beliefs of its controlling church constituency, it must continue with the view that homosexual practice is sinful, a view which has characterized the University from its beginning,” the school’s president, John deSteiguer, wrote in a letter.

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  • Amos Moses

    “Leading Faith-Based University”

    Faith in what ……….. or whom ………………………

    • storie

      Good question

    • Sarah Bright

      more like Satanic intervention. Or
      lack of God.
      Or are they both the same?
      Logic shows they are. Same effect from cause. SO . . . weird. Too strange.

    • Faith in government!

  • TheBottomline4This

    If Pepperdine was truly Christian, it wouldn’t have made this choice.

    • Men can be truly Christian and institutions for Christians should be led by such men. The institution itself is a pile of bricks, which in this case seem to provide shelter to presidents presiding over falling away.

    • Sickofobola


  • storie

    Their ‘roots’ are showing.

  • Sarah Bright

    I do not understand. exemtion allows fun funding? That is all my question.

  • Truth Seeker

    The great “falling away” continues with the tares and chaff being separated from the wheat. I would assume those who made this decision are unaware of what the Bible says will happen to those who knowingly lead people astray.

  • Reason2012

    // As a university that identifies itself as Christian, Pepperdine advertises its adherence
    // to biblical morals.

    Their behavior / fruit proves they are liars and no born again believer in God should go there.

    Matthew 7:15-23 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

    Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

  • Nidalap

    Ah, California. Well hard not to be corrupted when your school’s located in Sodom…

  • The Churches of Christ are very left, Yo-Yodine doesn’t surprise me.

    • TheBottomline4This

      The more left, the less Biblical.

  • Dan Jones

    The apostasy continues to spread….

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark.c…

  • R R

    Wow…what a shame. Pepperdine should not even say they are Christian if they actions says otherwise. Very, very discourage with this news.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    I respect Anabaptistic people in a way, but it’s too clear these Christian pacifist denominations are taking a wrong path in facing Sodomites. Pacifism does not go well in keeping the sound Biblical Christian doctrines.

  • Kontbe Doxt

    2 Peter 3 New International Version (NIV)

    3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

    4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?……….

    9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

    11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?

    You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

    That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

    13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

    14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

    15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

    16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters.

    His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

    17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.

    18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

  • WhiteDragonKing

    Look like they sold-out their Master. I wonder how they will be dealt with.

  • DookyDan

    I can understand why they did it. The government offered them more than 30 pieces of silver.

  • James Grubbs

    Your values changed. God’s values did not. You need new leadership that hasn’t been tainted by secular world views.

  • Raymond P. Kot II, Esq.

    Well some Jesuit “Catlick” schools have lead the way, so it is no surprise when fecal matter spreads from the minds of one religious university/college’s leaders to another. How many of the students of these religious schools already possess satanic tattoos? How many routinely get drunk? I graduated from two Jesuit school, Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Both so called Catholic schools have a significant portion of their respective student bodies who regularly become intoxicated. So called diversity now includes Muslims and other non-Christians and their organizations. So it is becoming like much of America, a thin veneer of authenticity, fake fireplaces, fake wood trim inside homes and automobiles, fake boobs, fake sexual identity (cannot change the X and Y chromosomes), fake politicians, fake money (not backed by gold or silver) and fake religious Christian schools. Given how many truly dumb graduates many of America’s schools churn out each year, I would go so far as to say America’s schools now churn out many fake graduates. Will the churches become fake too?

  • Steven Deakins

    Looks like they’re trying to ride the fence. Lukewarmness at best! When Jesus said He will vomit the lukewarm out, I think He was speaking of projectile vomiting. If you’ve ever seen projectile vomiting you know what I’m talking about!

  • amuncat

    This has never made sense to me! Until someone has had their genitalia “reassigned” or reconstructed, you are who you were born as, end of story! Even if you have made”adjustments” , genetically, no matter how you feel in your head, and it is difficult for you to encompass, you are still who you were born as! Play around with it, get us to “believe” you are who you say, but the bottom line is still the same! Sorry….

    Everyone always says that a trans wouldn’t molest a woman. Maybe, but a perv can dress as one and have a field day in the women’s rest room! Remember the recent incident of the trans who was caught taking pics of women in the Target dressing room? What’s wrong with people today? And they want to do this in the schools!

  • John

    This is why Jesus is coming soon. Remember that the Bible says that judgment will start with the house of God 1 Peter 4:17. It has started….

  • anonymous4u4me

    If it were truly christian it would not be in calif. nor have made this choice.

  • dan from ohio

    This church is in this world and should not be apart of it

  • Sickofobola

    These are the choices we can make. Our children can attend a college where they can commute to school, get an off campus apartment if you do not live in the vicinity of a college or the college of their choice, or online college.

    We can either join them or break them. I prefer to break them.

  • C_Alan_Nault

    gay is a choice. don’t make the wrong choice.