Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gay Group Makes Wave at California Evangelical College

On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the "Biola Queer Underground" at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality.

The group launched a website and posted flyers around the Biola University campus May 9 with the following message: "We want to bring to light the presence of the LGBTQ community at Biola. Despite what some may assume, there are Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queers at Biola. We are Biola's students, alumni, employees, and fellow followers of Christ. We want to be treated with equality and respected as another facet of Biola's diversity.The emergence of the group, whose members remain anonymous, has shaken this 104-year-old Christian college in Southern California. Like many schools rooted in evangelical Christianity, Biola has a code of standards that includes prohibitions on sex outside of marriage and same-sex relationships: Sex is "designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between a husband and wife," according to Biola's student handbook, which goes on to say that "sexual misconduct, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case will result in disciplinary action."
So, we are supposed to be sympathetic to a group that flaunts the code of standards? As you read the rest of the article, although not clearly spelled out, the presumption seems to be not so much that the students may be homosexual, but that they want to engage in homosexuality. In other words, the heterosexual student is expected to be chaste and refrain from sexual intercourse while attending the school, but the homosexual students do not want to be bound by the same standards. We all have our crosses to bear, and perhaps that of the "gay Christian" is to be celibate.

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