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Re: “God and gays at Harding University

The problem with this whole situation is the way it has been presented. First, Harding is a Christian school. One of the things you have to learn when you become an adult is to adapt to the situations you are in. Whether you choose to attend the school or not is immaterial at this point. The fact is that the authors of this zine are/were students at Harding, and as such they need to recognize that there are better ways to make their point. In the case of a conservative school such as Harding, a non-inflammatory approach would have been more circumspect. Blatantly flaunting violations of stated rules and then distibuting material that is known to be offensive to many on campus without their consent (ie delivering a copy of the zine to dorm rooms while the occupants were out) not only casts the authors in a negative light, it's plain rude.

I believe that in light of this and by the rules laid out in the student handbook, Harding was well within its rights to block the site. In addition, Harding pays for the internet connection and works hard to keep it running. What may and may not be accessed through school resources is entirely at the school's disgression. What was done here was an intentional attempt to hurt not only those who love this university, but also its reputation. I say shame on you for being so vindictive and immature as to take such a low approach.

Harding University is a school that does its best to follow the Truth it finds in the Bible. In addition to this, it is a school that cares very much about its students, regardless of belief and lifestyle, if only those students are willing to be open to their options. Does Harding stand by its beliefs? Yes, it does, and for that, I believe it is to be commended. There are many students on campus today who thrive in the Christian environment. For the most part, I would say that the student body is willing to listen to different viewpoints, as long as they are not offensively thrust in its face. You will always find the hurtful and the ignorant on both extremes of an issue, but you shouldn't let them define the image of a given institution.

I pray that this situation find a peaceful resolution, that God use it to His glory, and that those on both sides of this issue try to see with open eyes and open minds.

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Posted by student34 on 03/03/2011 at 7:54 PM
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