BISMARCK (N.D.) — Parents of University of North Dakota students are being contacted by a group representing North Dakota’s Roman Catholic Bishops and asking them to urge school administrators to reject the school’s “gender inclusion” policy.
The policy, which is still in draft, would require that transgender people use their preferred pronouns, and allow them to use locker rooms, bathrooms, and other facilities that are compatible with their gender identity.
Parents are asked to “examine whether it is conducive, hostile, not only to the Catholic faith, but also the truth regarding the human person .”
” in a letter sent this week by the North Dakota Catholic Conference. It was written by Bishop David Kagan from Bismarck and John Folda.
The letter was written by Christopher Dodson (Executive Director of Catholic Conference) and stated that the school’s policy “embraces” and demands acceptance of a specific ideology about gender or language which is against Catholic teachings and infringes on freedom speech and religious rights .”
UND President Andrew Armacost stated that some claims made by the Catholic Conference about the policy were “not true .”
” The draft policy was not an example of a campus going wild,” Armacost stated during Wednesday’s online town hall. “We started drafting this gender inclusion strategy to implement federal law and Supreme Court rulings,” Armacost said during an online town hall meeting Wednesday.
” Our draft policy was created to protect transgender individuals from harassment and discrimination in accordance with federal laws,” Armacost stated. “We are committed to freedom of religion expression and fully acknowledge that we cannot address the rights .”
of another group.
The school is located in Grand Forks and has approximately 13,780 student enrollment. It is believed that it was the first North Dakota 11 university and college to create such a comprehensive gender inclusion policy.
Armacost said in an interview with The Associated Press that he would reach out to the Catholic Conference leadership. He also stated that he plans to hold a conference at the university on Friday to discuss the policy, and clarify any “misunderstandings.”
Armacost stated that the policy was written earlier in the year after receiving feedback from university officials. Although he doesn’t know when, he will receive the final approval of the policy.
” I want to be patient with this,” he stated. “I don’t want to pick a timeline
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