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Re: “God and gays at Harding University

First of all, the situation at hand breaks my heart for many reasons. As a Christian and a believer of the Bible, one should take its words to heart. In I Corinthians 6:9-10 it states that "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." As something that is taken directly from the Bible, a Christian university (a private institution, not funded at all by our nation's government) has privilege to set rules and regulations its students must follow. Also, coming to a Christian university and signing a contract saying you will follow the said rules, is saying you will follow them and if not then the administration has the right to ask one to leave. It is a known fact that Harding does kick students out for many offenses such as practicing sexual activity out of wedlock, drinking, stealing, doing drugs. Harding does not kick out those who have homosexual tendencies or even claim to be gay unless there is action taken based on those tendencies. So in the big picture they are not being dismissed from the institution for being homosexual, but for committing sexual practices that are not condoned by God or the university.
Now, to move on to the discrimination issue. I'm fully aware that some students are forced by their parents to attend Harding. This is an issue that I am totally against. I feel as a young adult, you should be able to choose where you obtain a higher education, but at the same time, Harding isn't forcing you to attend school there. The parents are. Harding does not force anyone to attend the institution. If you don't like the rules and regulations that Harding has as a Christian school and DO have the choice of what school to attend, why come? Why spend four or five years of your life completely disagreeing with something yet not removing yourself from the situation. For example, let's use something broad. Let's pretend that there are two universities. One was for students who are democrats, and the other was for students who are republicans. If I claim to be a democrat, I would most certainly not go to the school for republicans and be upset the entire time that the democrats don't accept me, because of course they're not going to accept me. We have completely different views. I'm not saying that there aren't hateful things that go on in the world to people who have views, that even some look at as sinful, because there most certainly are things that go on that are hateful, and it is NOT ok. However; I do not know of any hateful actions that Harding has taken on those who claim to be homosexual. If there is something that is hateful, then I believe it needs to be called out because as a Christian institution hatefulness should never be an option. But i feel that coming to a school where you in turn you are saying if i do this this or this, i will be dismissed, that is your choice.
In this issue I'm not trying to point at homosexuality as a greater wrong. I feel like a wrong is a wrong, and there are many wrongs that students get dismissed for at Harding University. People throughout the world have different views on religion, politics, etc., and that will never change, and through this post I am not trying to take a stab at anyones beliefs, but simply try to make a point that Harding does stand for certain things, and if you're for those things then that is your business, but if you're not then why not just find something or somewhere else that is a representation of what you believe? Harding is for people who believe a certain thing, and so are other schools that represent things like race, special needs, or simply state schools ( just a few for example).

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Posted by auntieem on 03/03/2011 at 1:51 AM


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