Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek, 55, has taught at Christian-based Spring Arbor University in Michigan for 16 years. She is an ordained Baptist minister and served as associate dean of adult studies for the University. Despite an excellent work record, Julie’s contract was terminated after coming out as transgender. She is such a well-respected member of the Spring Arbor campus that over 145 students formed “We Support Julie Marie Nemecek.” The group rallied on Monday, February 12th on Julie’s behalf. Supportive students gathered on campus sidewalks and carried signs that asked, “What would Jesus do?”

“I have worked hard for this university, have been praised for my performance, and I have done nothing immoral or sinful,” said Nemecek.

NCTE anticipates that a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be introduced this year. If passed ENDA would protect thousands of trans people who experience employment discrimination every day.

For more information about Professor Nemecek’s story, click here to read Roselyn James’ article “Christian College Fires Transgender Professor.”


13 Responses to WWJD?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just to set things straight, the “We Support” group has very few Spring Arbor students involved. It is mostly made up of people associated with state schools who have heard about the situation. Also, the “rally” involved 4 or 5 students. There was more media present than students.

  2. Julie says:

    Thanks for your support and sharing a fine summary of the situation. People wishing to contact the university can email the president at gbeebe@arbor.eduJulie

  3. Julie says:

    Anonymous has it wrong. The group is made of over 150 students from across the country but more than half of the group are Spring Arbor University students plus a few alumni. I personally thanked a couple of dozen students. There were five members of the media prsent and 40-45 friends.

  4. David says:

    It’s amazing that people will carry a sign saying “WWJD?” while rejecting the truth of the Scripture, which is a record of what Jesus actually did! He did forgive repentant sinners, but he never condoned their sinful behavior. He did say that he had not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it – which law included the condemndation of the practice of transvetitism. John Nemecek talks about the hypocrisy of SAU because it teaches about gender identity disorder in its counseling program but doesn’t tolerate it on its own campus. Keep in mind that Jesus was known as a friend of sinners, but only those who forsake their sin will be allowed to spend eternity with Him.

  5. Randi says:

    Perhaps David will tell us what scriptural truth Julie is allegedly violating. Of course, it would help if David makes sure to tell us in what context that scriptural truth was originally used, by whom it was used, and for whose benefit it was said. Spring Arbor has not been so specific as yet.

  6. David says:

    Deuteronomy 22:5. And that’s the problem with people who don’t simply accept the authority of the Word of God. They want to put their own conditions on it when it comes to accepting some of the truths that conflict with humanistic philosophy and ideals. Let’s not forget that although God used man to pen the Scripture, God is still the author. The infallibility of Scripture supercedes the interpretations of men (or women, or those who supposedly can’t decide). While we’re at it, Genesis tells us that God created man, and woman. There is no biblical reason to expect that God would endorse the desire of a man, who was clearly created as a man, to become a woman. Romans 9:20 says, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?'” That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. The point is that God created man and woman, and did not endow them with the power to choose to change that.Randi, it’s like Mark Twain once said – “It’s not what I don’t understand about the Bible that bothers me. It’s what I do understand.” Only one who is trying to fashion a relationship with God on the basis of human terms would challenge the authority of the Word of God. It’s the human flaw that Paul wrote about in Romans 1:25 when he said there were those “who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator . . .” In short, don’t expect to live your life any way you please and then try to conform God’s Word to fit it. Any true believer knows that it works the other way around.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So David, do you keep kosher, avoid blended fabrics, and keep the rest of the Levitical code or do you just dip in when it serves to legitimate your prejudices. This was the tradition of the Pharisees who used the purity codes to oppress others, but ignored the debt codes (as in “you tithe of mint and cumin, and neglect justice for the needy.” The subtext for Jesus’ ongoing battles was the battle over the primacy of the purity codes and the neglect of the debt codes in the practice of the Pharisees. Fundamentalists are the spiritual heirs of the Pharisees.

  8. David says:

    So, Anonymous (feel free to use your name next time, it’s okay) – keep in mind that Jesus commended the Pharisees for the right things they were doing when he said, “These things ought ye to have done.” He did go on to say, “and not to leave the other undone.” Don’t be so foolish as to assume that Jesus was ever condemning everything about the Pharisees. He was simply trying to get them to see past the actions themselves and to examine their attitudes. Also, don’t be so foolish as to believe that there is something wrong with fundamentalism, since the Bible says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). You do understand that “foundation” and “fundamental” are related, right?Now, to specifically address your silly question about kosher foods, etc. Yes, I eat pork. I even wear blended wool suits. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to use that as an excuse to murder, steal, commit adultery, etc. I don’t have time to get into a discussion about the principles of the dietary restrictions that the Jews observed. Suffice it to say that it was akin to the requirement of circumcision as a sign of the covenant God made with Abraham. It was to be a sign of distinction that separated God’s people from the pagans around them. The prohibition against cross-dressing in Deuteronomy 22:5 was a prohobition pure and simple, and had nothing to do with distinguishing Israel from other nations. It had everything to do with preserving the created order and distinction of men and women. God said through the prophet Jeremiah that there would come a time when His law would be written on the hearts of men, and that they would obey because they want to, not just because they have to. You, on the other hand, seem to be one who is looking for excuses to rebel – you’re just trying to cover it up with a little smattering of intellectualism. Listen, God loves you, and Jesus died for you. If you’d truly commit yourself to Him, He could have an impact on your mind that you can’t even imagine (Philippians 2:5).

  9. Julie says:

    In reference to Dt 22:5, my gender is woman and I wear woman’s clothes. Most Bible scholars say that this reference is about practices associated with idol worship and not an issue for today. That is why many women now wear slacks (even though this verse was used to intially condemn that practice). I don’t worship idols. I am not a transvestite. I am a transsexual. There is a difference.Jesus, in fulfilling the law, abolished it according to the author of Hebrews and much of Paul’s writings (i.e., Gal 3:25). Jesus said all the law can be summed up in two commands: love God with your entire being and love your neighbor – defined by Jesus as the one you are least inclined to love – as yourself.Dietary issues aside, the Deuteronomy context also says we should stone to death non-virgin brides and stubborn sons. It is interesting how some people selectivity decide what laws still apply and how they usually are about other people.I do not disagree with the university’s statement of faith and my Christian walk is only positively impacted by my living with integrity and authenticity. Incidentally, a Spring Arbor University connected counselor confirmed my diagnosis, said my treatment is appropriate and necessary and that neither the diagnosis nor treatment interfer with my ability to do my job or live a faithful Christian life. The counselor is ordained by the denomination with which SAU has an avowed affiliation.

  10. Sirena says:

    I am SO SICK of you neo-Pharisees spending so much of your energy pointing out the speck in others’ while IGNORING the mote in yours! I am so glad you pick and choose the mitzvot you want to point out how Group A or Group B is “sinning.” Transgender people are who we are, and face it: the phenomena are not going away no matter how much you quote your Scripture, which (in fact) is NOT infallible. Please take your preaching elsewhere.(Yes, I’m angry because not only am I living in the Bible Belt (I can’t wait to move back to one of the coasts when my school time is done here), I’d just had it with so-called Religious Rightists trying to destroy the social fabric of this country!)Please use your name next time, otherwise you prove yourself to be a coward!

  11. Sirena says:

    Oops…mote in mine, plank in yours.

  12. Carl says:

    I graduated from Spring Arbor H.S in 1954. The following year the president of the school and a female teacher supposedly going to a conference were found in a compromising condition in a motel. This same president was a real tyrant when it came to following the tenets of the church, such as no dancing, movies, getting in cars with girls etc. It seems the school has not progressed a whole lot in 50 plus years as far as keeping up with new discoveries in genetics, psychology and other medical areas. This was all “witchcraft” in the days I was there. A good sizzling dose of salvation was all that was necessary to get one out of these situations. I would suggest the school and its bigoted frame of reference re read what Jesus said the requirements to enter into heaven are and what will keep you out. Contrast that with the current frame of mind and then wonder if you have met them. Is it any wonder that I have not contributed to the alumni funds or returned to the campus over all these years.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand how John/Julie could have decided to go to seminary in the first place. He/she claims to have known that something wasn’t right since childhood. I knew John years ago when he was a pastor. I’m not saying that pastors aren’t human and make mistakes, but he messed with may lives over the years including mine. I feel that he was a hyprocrite standing at the pulpit for most of his life. I can’t help but question if he ever really listened to God the whole time he was preaching to me. He made a lasting impression in my life, but not one to be proud of or one that helped me be a better Christian. Instead of smiling at the camera and making a spectacle of himself, maybe John should find his inner woman and reflect on all the hurt and suffering he has chosen to spread. I’m not saying that he doesn’t have a right to his feeling and believes, but he did have an obligation to the people he ministered to over the years. We are not talking about a profession such as a doctor or a plumber. We are taking about a profession that is above all professions in my eyes. Hyprocrites need not apply!!!

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