Christian School With Openly Gay Student Athletes Issues Vague Statement Condemning Homosexuality

Drew Davis and Juan Varona are two openly gay volleyball players at Erskine University, a private Christian school in South Carolina. Their sexual orientation hasn’t been a secret — it has even been publicized — but the players have often said they felt accepted within the school community.

That’s why last week’s statement against homosexuality by the school took people by surprise:

We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.

What is that supposed to mean? The monogamy part makes sense, but what does that line mean about how members of the school community are “expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality”? Will openly gay students be expelled? No, say school officials, but they didn’t really elaborate on how they would handle that situation.

I’l admit I laughed at this passive aggressive pushback on the school’s Wikipedia page:



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Apparently, Cubs Tickets Cure Homosexuality

Remember David and Jason Benham? They’re the twin brothers who were all set to host a reality show on HGTV before their anti-gay bigotry became public and the show got canceled.

They’re still trying to capitalize on their notoriety. Yesterday, at a convention for National Religious Broadcasters, David Benham told the story of a gay man who contacted him from Chicago:

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Wheaton College Student Pelted With Apple For Asking Question About Homosexuality

Wheaton College certainly had good intentions when they hosted a Town Hall Chapel for students Monday night. The annual all-school forum is meant to offer an opportunity for students to engage with the College President, currently Philip Ryken, on campus issues.

But the goodwill toward men didn’t last. When Philip Fillion, a straight, married senior at the college, approached the microphone with a question about the school’s stance on same-sex relationships, things got weirdly violent. Fillion read his question aloud from a public Facebook note he’d published:

“All students, via the Community Covenant, and all faculty, via the Statement of Faith, are required to affirm a sexual ethic that denies everyone except celibates and married straight people a place in the kingdom of God. This sexual ethic is not at all universal and depends on a reading of scripture that is incredibly narrow and ignores history, culture, and science. The Statement of Faith and the Community Covenant also lack any language about the sacraments of the Christian church. Why is it the case that our college, in documents we all must agree to or be expelled, insists on formally condemning and denying equality to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, on spurious theological grounds, yet completely leaves behind baptism and Eucharist, which Jesus Christ himself instituted to grow and strengthen the Christian community?”

As Fillion was walking back to his seat, someone in the audience chucked an apple at him.

And nobody did anything.

“There was no response when the fruit was thrown. No boos, no gasp,” he says. “A student was in line after me and when it was his turn to ask a question, he began his time at the microphone by calling out whoever had thrown the fruit, remarking that such behavior was inappropriate and disrespectful. There was restrained applause for this.”

“President Ryken did not see the incident and did not fully understand what happened until after chapel ended,” Wheaton College told TIME in a statement.

But that wasn’t the end of it. Shortly after the forum, a person who claims to be the apple-thrower posted a letter defending himself on a public wall at Wheaton designated for sharing student opinions.

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Pastor Steven Anderson: “AIDS is the Judgment of God”

I was playing the Pastor Steven Anderson game last night where I go to a random timestamp in his latest sermon, watch for a minute, and see if anything interesting pops up.

And, of course, I heard him talking about filthy sodomites around the 41:18 mark so I had to pay attention…



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Why Are Christian Right Groups Suddenly Creating Enemies Lists?

In 2012, a couple of years after the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the (anti-gay) Family Research Council a “hate group,” a shooter walked into FRC’s building and injured a security guard before being subdued (by the same guard) and later apprehended. The shooter even said he knew about FRC through the hate-group list.

Obviously, this was a tragedy and SPLC said as much, though they never removed the “hate group” designation. They felt it was warranted:

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.

FRC disagrees, of course, but here’s the line that I want to point out:

[FRC President Tony] Perkins said. “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”

If they think the designation is the problem — one that led to a shooting — then you have to wonder what Christian Right groups are now trying to accomplish by turning the tables on everyone else.

A couple of days ago, the American Family Association released a “Bigotry Map” listing atheist groups, Humanist groups, and (for some reason) AARP.



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