Wednesday, March 2, 2011

God and gays at Harding University

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM

FROM THE CLOSET: Gay students talk about life at Harding University.
  • FROM THE CLOSET: Gay students talk about life at Harding University.

Interesting reading has arrived:

At this attachment, you'll find a "zine" described as containing perspectives from current and former gay and lesbian students at Harding University. Here's a website with more.

Harding, the Church of Christ institution in Searcy, hews to church teaching on homosexuality (disapproving) and participants say they have written anonymously for fear of fallout. As the website said: "It is part storytelling, part religious and political critique, and partly a manifesto of hope for Harding’s future." Take a look.

I've sought comment from Harding officials.

UPDATE: The group moved up activation of its website. It had been originally set for 9 p.m. tonight. But news began leaking out and the site was activated. Not long afterward, access to it was blocked at Harding.

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UPDATE II: Harding responds on blocking the website.

UPDATE III: See video from Harding president David Burks reading a statement about the website and zine, and see how the story has spread across the blogosphere and on social media in the first Arkansas Times Storify.

FROM H.U. QUEER PRESS

I'm writing you on behalf of a group of former and current Harding University students who identify as gay or lesbian. We have collectively written and compiled a zine about our experiences being gay and lesbian at Harding (an explicitly conservative, religious, anti-gay institution, as you probably know) and have prepared for a large scale distribution of this zine, in physical and electronic forms, for this coming Wednesday and Thursday. We have contacted various bloggers, writers, etc throughout the U.S. who have some ties to Harding or have previously written about Harding in any way and are asking them to consider writing a blog post (or any other sort of mention) about the zine on either Wednesday night after 9pm or anytime on Thursday. Thus I am writing you to consider doing this.

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