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Tufts Christian Fellowship wavers in pursuit of exemption from non-discrimination policy

Chaplain indicates support for exemption on basis of religious integrity

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:02

“I am not a leader inTCFbecause ‘I chose to be straight’ but because I have chosen to deny myself in all things and take up my cross daily in order to follow Christ,” Laporte wrote in the the Dec. 10 op-ed. “My sexuality is only one part of my identity that is being transformed by God’s will.”

Moving forward, leaders in TCF said that they are unsure if they want to go down the murky road that the CSL’s route for a justified departure from Tufts’ anti-discrimination policy presents. The group will have to make a decision soon if it intends to reapply for recognition by the Judiciary in time to apply for Senate funding from the TCU Treasury, a process that happens annually each March.

TCF’s leaders are concerned with the potential negative perception the process could create, and remain doubtful that they can explain TCF’s leadership criteria in a way that satisfies the CSL, the Judiciary, and the student body at large.

“Part of this issue has been perception,” Nwafor said. “How do we explain in almost two different languages the concepts of our belief to this campus, and how are we being understood when we do try to explain that? ... I think this policy tried to help us be better understood, but I think it’s leading to even more misconception of our goals and our desires on this campus.”

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