Outsports – Erskine College has issued a new official statement that is expected to drive a no-gays policy at the school and create an atmosphere where LGBT people do not feel safe:
Christ affirms that marital union is to be between a man and woman (Matt 19:4-6). The Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage (1 Thes. 4:3-5, Col. 3:5-7). Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).
We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.
The statement also offers a perfunctory olive branch about “prayerfulness” toward “same-sex attraction” and “gender identity.”
According to the school’s Web site, “the Student Services and Athletic Committee submitted and the full board approved a Statement on Human Sexuality. The administration will add the statement to its official manuals and determine how it will be integrated into campus culture and procedures.”
The school is clearly reacting to pressure from a group of conservative Christians who have been pressuring the school to eradicate gay people from the campus. Erskine College is associated with the Presbyterian Church.
Super aggressive move from Erskine College huh? A school with 2 openly gay athletes on their highly successful volleyball team just banning athletes from being gay. Can you even do that? Just stand up in the quad somewhere and declare that being gay is no longer allowed? Reminds me of Michael Scott declaring bankruptcy.
Hey you. Gay guy. Stop it. You’re not allowed to be gay anymore, as of this morning. Policy change. Switch to straight.
Here’s the story about the two gay volleyball players
Last year we featured the stories of Drew Davis and Juan Varona, two gay Erskine College volleyball players who had found acceptance from their teammates in the small school in rural South Carolina. After we wrote about them the team went on to the NCAA tournament, one of only six teams in the country to appear in the postseason.
…well, formerly gay. Assuming they’re no longer gay as per the orders of the administration after their one-on-one meeting with God. Hope Drew and Juan track the school president down and spike a volleyball down his throat.