Essay about being a gay faculty member at a Christian college

Mar 18, 2013 | Posted by: Gay And Proud | Full story: www.insidehighered.com

An open letter to the presidents of member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities:

I am gay and I teach at a CCCU institution. I would like to tell you my name, my discipline, but I canít because doing so would place my job at risk, as you well know.

My story is neither dramatic nor a profile in courage...

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Important!

Read this !!!!

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Wow, Topix is full of eye-opening stuff today.

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Interesting but unless I did not read the article closely enough, I saw no mention of whether or not the author was tenured. In the closet at his institution (assume it is a male since he did not say "lesbian") he can't really hope to change it much from within. If he is tenured, his livelihood is a good reason for staying. If not, the question arises as to why he does not come out of the closet and simultaneously plan a career elsewhere.
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There are plenty of colleges and universities to be gay. Any gay person who doesn't like the atmosphere at a Christian college is free to go elsewhere. No one will stop him or her. The beliefs at Christian colleges are not taken lightly and are very intently considered and have been for decades or sometimes even hundreds of years. The will of God is sought. The opinion of one or even a few gay faculty members or students will not be the primary consideration.

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What a beautiful, well-written letter. It's completely 100% true, as well. So-called "Christian" colleges who openly discriminate against GLBT's, like one in the town I grew up in, are NOT showing Christ's Love of ALL, gay or straight.
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To Chance of Grove City, PA.
Sometimes your area of expertise is only good at one of these institutions. Also, there are not a lot of other universities that take CCCU faculty because there is a perceived stigma of dogmatism. Finally, there are too many faculty chasing too few positions at this point in the economic cycle to suggest this person could easily move.

The point is valid, but there are problems.

Former CCCU faculty and Gay here.
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Chance wrote:
There are plenty of colleges and universities to be gay. Any gay person who doesn't like the atmosphere at a Christian college is free to go elsewhere.
Hey filth, that's what's going to happen at every genuine institution of higher learning: They're going to tell "religious" bigots to take a hike over some podunk Liberty Baptist. Secular college students simply won't put up with bigoted, scummy classmates any longer. Not at actual colleges and universities.

But then you talibangelical filth have doubtlessly treated others as you yourselves would wish to be treated, so you won't mind.
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To Chance of Grove City, PA.
Sometimes your area of expertise is only good at one of these institutions. Also, there are not a lot of other universities that take CCCU faculty because there is a perceived stigma of dogmatism. Finally, there are too many faculty chasing too few positions at this point in the economic cycle to suggest this person could easily move.
The point is valid, but there are problems.
Former CCCU faculty and Gay here.
Plenty of choice in this situation; no one is ever forced to work any where. When you choose to play the game, you also choose the rules that go with it. What makes gays think they are so privileged that they don't have to play by the rules and instead get to change them to suit their own desires?
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Sparklestrips4u wrote:
<quoted text>i'm glad we agree on something... with this country becoming more and more islamic everyday.. we should be able to fitre christains for not agreeing
Your remark is rather obtuse, but you brought up "islamic." They very like would not only fire gays out of hand, but if Islamics can get what they want with shariah law, then gays would be grateful to get away with just being fired.

Believe me, a lot of Christians do not want to teach at the hard-left colleges and universities in the USA. They are interested in academics, not left-wing mind-bending.
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Sparklestrips4u wrote:
<quoted text>Then they should leave those real schools and go teach in a right wing christardo mythology school
Oh, please. Classical literature vs multicultural studies. U.S. and world history vs "social studies." Classic artists vs in-your-face vulgar artists making a political statement du jour. World's historical religions vs humanism and moral relativity. Economic principals vs Marxism. It apparently takes a brain to figure out which ones are describing real schools.

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Sparklestrips4u wrote:
<quoted text>aaawh what's wrong equality got your bigot azz down... try slitting your wrists to ease the pain
I'm serious, hon.

STOP THAT !
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Chance wrote:
There are plenty of colleges and universities to be gay. Any gay person who doesn't like the atmosphere at a Christian college is free to go elsewhere. No one will stop him or her. The beliefs at Christian colleges are not taken lightly and are very intently considered and have been for decades or sometimes even hundreds of years. The will of God is sought. The opinion of one or even a few gay faculty members or students will not be the primary consideration.
Well said and 100% spot on!

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fr Chance:

>No pain here. Slitting the wrists might be your style. It would never be mine nor any other form of suicide. It is a sin for which one doesn't get a chance to ask for forgiveness.<

You are one SICK individual, chance. Get serious SECULAR help for your homophobia, bigotry, and just plain nastiness. Don't deny it, you know that it's true.

Suicide is NOT a "sin". You have just insulted those of us who lost someone through suicide. I've lost three good friends that way, and you have NO reason to shove this kind of garbage down anyone's throat. Grow UP, and get a life. Focus on your own little "life" and pull your nose out of others'.
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Sparklestrips4u wrote:
<quoted text>eeeeewwhh a sin before your mythical god... I'm so worried
Oh honey, you don't have to worry. That one little sin wouldn't change anything for you. It would only hasten taking you where you already desire to go.
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Pattysboi wrote:
fr Chance:
>No pain here. Slitting the wrists might be your style. It would never be mine nor any other form of suicide. It is a sin for which one doesn't get a chance to ask for forgiveness.<
You are one SICK individual, chance. Get serious SECULAR help for your homophobia, bigotry, and just plain nastiness. Don't deny it, you know that it's true.
Suicide is NOT a "sin". You have just insulted those of us who lost someone through suicide. I've lost three good friends that way, and you have NO reason to shove this kind of garbage down anyone's throat. Grow UP, and get a life. Focus on your own little "life" and pull your nose out of others'.
Sorry about the loss of your friends, but murder most certainly is a sin. Suicide is murder of self. Secular help? Don't make me laugh in the middle of discussing a very serious subject.

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Chance wrote:
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Sorry about the loss of your friends, but murder most certainly is a sin. Suicide is murder of self. Secular help? Don't make me laugh in the middle of discussing a very serious subject.
War?

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