Adventist College Forbids Bake Sale to Help Homeless Gay Youth

As a child, I lived near Andrews University, a 7th Day Adventist college, for several years. That school is now in the news after the administration forbid a student group from holding a bake sale to benefit gay homeless teens because the mission conflicts with the university’s beliefs.

The bake sale was planned by AULL4One, Andrews University’s unofficial gay-straight alliance, which boasts around 80 members, but is not allowed to advertise on campus because of the school’s affiliation with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

AULL4One’s Eliel Cruz told Blue Nation, “Administration knows we exist, they allow us to exist, and some administrators even champion the group’s existence. But unfortunately, we are unable to advertise our meetings and events on campus.”

In an email to Cruz, AU Dean of Student Life Steve Yeagley said that the university would not allow AULL4One to hold the sale, explaining, “I think the most helpful thing I can do is to draw your attention to the fundraising policy found in the Student Handbook. It simply states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations ‘whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.’ I think the judgment in this case is that there may be a perceived conflict between the mission and practices of Andrews University and those of Fierce Chicago — certainly not in their efforts to aid homeless youth, but in their approach to the LGBT issue, at large.”

In other words, we’re fine with you helping homeless youth, but not homeless gay youth. Because, of course, that’s what Jesus would do. So let’s make the university’s actions backfire on them. A fundraiser has been established to raise money for the same organization this student group was trying to help.

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  • whheydt

    So…the college is trying to prevent an activity by a group that it doesn’t even recognize? How does that work? What is the college going to do? Continue to not recognize the group?

  • John Pieret

    Not a bad substitute for a bake sale. They started the Indiegogo account on March 8th with a goal of $2,000. So far, they’ve raised $6,980.

  • Larry

    Continue to not recognize the group?

    They’ll put them on the double-secret not-to-be-recognized list.

  • Modusoperandi

    Luke 10:25-37

    10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

    10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

    10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

    10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

    10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

    10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

    10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

    10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

    10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

    10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

    10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

  • Chiroptera

    Well, if “preventing people who happen to be gay from starving to death” conflicts with the university’s mission, that pretty much tells me all I really need to know about the administration of that university.

  • Chiroptera

    <a href=""whheydt, #1:

    I’m guessing the group isn’t allowed to set up their sale on campus or use any of the university’s resources.

  • John Pieret

    Well, the school is feeling the heat. The main complaint of the school seems to be that there was no mention of an alternative organization it suggested for receipt of the funds raised, called Night Ministry. AUll4One has responded, saying that, while Night Ministry does good work, it is not LGBT-specific and AULL4One felt that safe housing for LGBT youth needs to be provided by people who are specifically trained to meet their needs. AULL4One suggested another LGBT-specific organization, Center on Halsted Street but the school rejected that too.

    So, the school is right back where it started: it’s good to help homeless LGBT kids as long as you don’t … you know … acknowledge that they are LGBT.

    BTW, AULL4One is up over $7,300 and they are now shooting for $10,000 to be used to help remodel a home in Chicago that Project Fierce will use as a transitional home for LGBT homeless youth.

  • anubisprime

    Good for them and best wishes to all concerned!

    But is that not blatant discrimination being practiced by the school board?…thought that was illegal?

  • Al Dente

    anubisprime @8

    But is that not blatant discrimination being practiced by the school board?…thought that was illegal?

    It’s a private college. They can discriminate all they want and as blatantly was they want.

  • John Pieret

    But is that not blatant discrimination being practiced by the school board?…thought that was illegal?

    A private religious school has much more latitude to set standards for students and faculty.

  • vinimarques

    Here’s hoping this teaches these students that religion is not necessary to do good. Want to do good? Go out and do it.

  • vardaman

    I’ve donated fifty bucks. Thanks for sharing these things, Ed.

  • fifthdentist

    Ah, I see that whole “Hate the sin; love the sinner” campaign is working just like they visualized it.

    And some good number of those kids likely are on the streets in the first place because their fundie parents threw them out.

  • notruescott

    Hey– they need the religious liberty to punish the gays. It’s their new sacrament.

  • voss

    $20. Thanks, Ed