University Textbook Omits Content on Sexual Orientation

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Christian university in Virginia has ordered custom textbooks that omit a section on sexual motivation and orientation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports that Liberty University instructor Heather Elaine Medvedenko told students via email that Christian scholars should be “allowed to filter material through a biblical worldview.” She said the content was deleted only for a specific psychology class.

The incident came to light after a student noticed the omission.

The private university in Lynchburg said in a statement that deleted content is reviewed to ensure that it is covered in other courses.

The textbook’s author told the newspaper that he did not object to the deletion.

Jeffrey Nevid of St. John’s University in New York says instructors often customize text materials to meet their needs.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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