Act Now: Tell Shorter U to Drop Anti-LGBT Policy
November 2, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
The following post comes from HRC Communications Intern Brian Vetock:
Shorter University, a Christian Baptist school located in Rome, GA, is requiring employees to sign an agreement rejecting homosexuality – or risk losing their jobs. The “Personal Lifestyle Pledge,” sent out to 200 of the school’s employees on October 26, states, “I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality.”
“I think that anybody that adheres to a lifestyle outside of what the biblical mandate is would not be allowed to continue here,” said Shorter University President Dr. Don Lowless.
Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, Sharon Groves, says the school is sending the wrong message:
“Most mainline Christian and Jewish denominations and a growing number of people of faith have wrestled with the Bible and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors and have come to the conclusion that sexual orientation and gender identity are not incongruent with Biblical teaching. Shorter University is asserting its own interpretation of Christianity at the expense of LGBT people. If they wish to proclaim the spirit of Christianity, they would be using their policies to send a message that we are called to respect and cherish the dignity of all – not discriminate against diversity. Instead, the school’s anti-LGBT policy is sending a dangerous message to other employees and students that there is something wrong with being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”
HRC’s President Joe Solmonese is sending a letter to the university asking school leadership to revisit the policy. HRC members and supporters can add their voice to those calling on Shorter University to strike this discriminatory pledge.
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