A story out of Patrick Henry College repeats a pattern of behavior from the religious right I’ve seen so many times, deny the existence of something so you can pretend it doesn’t exist.
Some former students at the small college near Washington, DC, started a blog for gay students there, “Gay At Patrick Henry College”. The Chancellor said it is impossible there are gay students because students are required to sign an oath not to practice homosexuality.
I recall a friend of mine who is a Priest saying, early on in the Catholic scandal over abuse of children by clergy, such abuse was impossible because the Priests would have told their superiors about this in confession. That would be humorous were the consequences not so tragic.
Then, I had a funny experiece at our local Lutheran Concordia College. Years ago I met with some gay students in an off campus home. I was asked to approach a high level Concordia official to request gays be allowed to be open. I was told there were no gay students at Concordia.
I know a couple of young gay men on the East Coast who met at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. Both have professional careers but spend weekends traveling to Bible-based universities meeting secretly with gay students helping them cope with their hostile environment.
We all want to deny the obvious when it does not please us. Denying there are homosexual people among us is ridiculous.
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