Skip to comments.50+ Professors & Staff Resign From Christian University After Refusing to Sign Homosexuality Pledge
Posted on 05/17/2012 12:32:51 PM PDT by QT3.14
Last October, news broke that Shorter University, a Christian college in Rome, Georgia, had decided to ask its employees to sign a controversial pledge that affirms that they are not engaging in homosexuality, among other forbidden activities. Now, after scores of employees refused to sign the document, the college, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, has reportedly received a massive number of resignations
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When in Rome... Or should it be ... When not in Rome?
Guarantee that many Freepers would have problems with this pledge.
1. I will be loyal to the mission of Shorter University as a Christ-centered institution affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. - I have no idea what that means. However, it could include not dancing on Sunday, among other things.
2. I will not engage in the use, sale, possession, or production of illegal drugs. - I would have no problems with that, but I would expect that some Freepers might.
3. I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality - Again I would have no problems. However what it means is that the only sexual activity is sex with your wife in the missionary position without protection. (or any other birth control)
4. I will not use alcoholic beverages in the presence of students, and I will abstain from serving, from using, and from advocating the use of alcoholic beverages in public (e.g. in locations that are open to use by the general public, including as some examples restaurants, concert venues, stadiums, and sports facilities) and in settings in which students are present or are likely to be present. I will not attend any University sponsored event in which I have consumed alcohol within the last six hours. Neither will I promote or encourage the use of alcohol. - I don’t drink so it would be no problem, but a lot of Freepers are hard drinking types.
Yes, and a lot of other stuff as well.
at least they know who are traitors
Now they can hire faculty that actually uphold their values.
Maybe the Catholics will like this idea.
“How about having sex before married? Is it part of the pledge too?”
What do you think that “premarital sex” meanss?
The title misrepresents what the pledge is actually asking them to do. They are not signing a pledge that says they are not homosexual. They are pledging that they reject as acceptable any sexual activity that is not Biblical. Specifically listed are premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality. And the pledge is qualified by saying “including but not limited to” these three. So presumably they might also consider masturbation or some other sexual practice as being required to be rejected.
And homosexuality isn’t even the first thing that is listed. The top of the list is premarital sex—because most people are heterosexual so that is the more widely practiced perversion of Biblical teaching.
Well, kinda... (while they absolutely should have the right to require it for their employees,) the alcohol use provisions are certainly extra-Biblical. But that's the Baptist culture, particularly in the deep South.
This is a Baptist thang.
I believe the Bible itself does not go that far. This would include Jesus after He came back from one of his tavern ministries. No I don’t buy the Baptist “fresh grape juice” explanation of what Jesus ingested at such meetings. That would be a specialty item for the weeks of the grape harvest. Beyond that, nyet. No refrigeration or pasteurization existed. You would not find bottles of Welch’s in Palestine.
The biggest lie ever is “everyone does it”
They did not go after one sin. The media just focuses on one.
And the biggest fool ever is the one who denies it.....
They insist that their staff adhere to their interpretation of the Bible.
I, and others on this forum may disagree with their interpretation of the Bible as regards, for example, alcoholic beverages.
That's beside the point. They're following the Bible as best they see fit, and I applaud them for doing it.
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
34 The Son of man [Jesus] is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
The NIV and ESV versions translate that word as 'drunkard' - in other words, Jesus was accused of being a drunk because he hung out with those who did... never mind that wine was practically the only beverage available (that wasn't the point of the passage, by the way, but it makes the point for this thread: Jesus drank the stuff, too!)
So that's the only provision I would personally object to - that they purport to holding a Biblical line on behavior, but are so wrong about this particular provision.
As far as I recall, the Bible doesn't say anything for or against about beer, whisky, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, or ouzo.
Drunkenness is condemned in the Bible. The policy doesn’t require them to refrain from taking alcohol in moderation on their own time, on their own property. It requires them not to drink with students or in public places. Seems like a reasonable balance for a Baptist university.
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