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Being Gay at Religious Colleges

Updated on June 27, 2011

They believe that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God. Yet, many of the Christian and religious colleges in the USA face the dilemma of gay students enrolling and active on campus. Such is the paradox for both parties. If the schools are right, then, why allow gay students to be enrolled or remain enrolled? The schools have a right,as do the gay students. If the school receives no Federal educational funding, the school should have the final say. I mean, they will lose the enrollment from those students who are offended. Many gay students are being activists and demand that they should be accepted as anyone else. Most grew up as "normal" in their outside appearance, yet, feeling tormented inside because of their Christian homelife and now want to come out and not worry about it at college.

The power of the school lies with the revocation of the student;s grant, loan or scholarship provided by the school, which forbid any "homosexual" activities or even simple hand holding of the same sex. Posting photos on gay websites of their students is also forbidden. Even clubs talking about the subject are not allowed. This has been a typical response of most religious colleges because it is contrary to biblical teachings and beliefs of the college. When students created a website on the college's computer network, access was blocked.

The administration often asks the gay student why did you pick a religious school where you know the beliefs are polar opposites. It is a valid question. Why select some place where you know there will be a problem? Just to be confrontational about how everyone should accept you with open arms? The student responses are: that question is unfair, or, I got a scholarship here and nowhere else, or, I didn't know I was gay until now, or, their parents thought sending them to such a school would make them "straight". Students who are gay state they have a hard life on and off campus. Those that stay stated they have switched majors or classes dealing with biblical beliefs because the systems simply do not relate well or mix.

Unlike at universities and non-religious colleges where the campus is a mix and blend of all types, the religious colleges are steadfast in being anti-gay.


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    • FGual profile image

      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Great topic here. I am torn on the question. You are right, the school receives no government assistance they are not bound by political correctness. But there is social pressure to conform from either side, and they are caught in the middle. Being pulled from both sides is a bad place to be, and they will offend somebody no matter what. The school must take a stand and turn down money from those who do not conform. Those who try to please all will please none, and will be treated as a disposable doormat.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      heavy stuff, thanks.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Well maybe murderers, molesters and rapists are born to be, I would imagine so, there is rarely two in a family. I will grant you that, but does it make it right? They are probably in our churches too, maybe they will come out soon too and be accepted, especially if they can't help it. The only people who talk like you dig, which are many, are not Christian and/or don't read your bible or know the word of God, I give you God's word not mine which people keep passing over,,is God in the dark ages? You are calling God a liar not me.

      [Leviticus:20:13] "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

      The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus said the same:

      “When they lost all feeling of shame, they gave themselves over to sensuality, so that they could try every kind of unclean sex, wanting more and more of such things. [Ephseians:4:19 Simple English Bible]

      God’s infallible word say about the result will be for these individuals?

      “However, people who are cowards, unbelievers, perverts, murderers, sexual sinners, those who follow occult practices, idol-worshipers, and all liars will be in the lake which burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.” [Revelation 21:8]

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Good question!!

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      dlgjmg30 6 years ago from Lytle Creek, CA

      I get angry every time I hear about those who are still living in the "dark ages". Being gay is not a choice. If you choose to believe that God created all of us, then you need to accept that we are all created differently. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that is all it is. Obviously the Catholic church has accepted their Gay priests and protect their own. So who is and is not going to Heaven?

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Christian and Gays do not go together and if anyone has ever read the bible they know that. I have had a falling away of friends for saying this but as I have said it is not my words it is the word of God. That does not mean I hate Gays or want to see them harmed, it means God destroyed cities for this, He said it would be a big thing in the last days and it is. Jesus said I love you so much I will forgive your sins, IF you come out of them and follow me. Many Pastors and churches are after money apparently and it is a well known fact what goes on with Priests in Catholic Churches with them raping and molesting and they just get sent to another place and not even charged with the crimes! God will not allow Gays into Heaven, as he won't rapists or murderers, he made the rules and no one can change it. The same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Churches seem to not care who goes to hell as long as they get their 10%!