Poor Erskine College. They recently had a successful volleyball season, then two of their players came out as gay — which shouldn’t be a problem, except that Erskine is in South Carolina, right there in the front flap of the Bible Tightie-Whities, and trustees and administrators and community supporters freaked out. What to do? Easy. They turned to the Bible and issued a statement.
They banned homosexuality on campus.
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 article that I quoted from also made the interesting point that they aren’t really that observant of the Bible — if they were going be that obedient to the Holy Word of God, they would forfeit a tournament game scheduled for a Sunday…the Sabbath.
I do appreciate this kind of behavior on the part of reactionary Christians. It alienates gay people, so there they lose 10% of the population (much more if you count straight people who are sympathic to gay rights, a growing demographic). Their conservative views on women alienate about half the population (again, it’s messy, because some women happily go along with Biblical demands, and there are men who oppose the Biblical straitjacket).
It’s a shame that the atheist movement can’t recognize that fairness, justice, and humanist values are more important in appealing to the disenchanted demographic than obtusely asserting that there is no god. There is no god…so now what are you going to do with your life? If we can’t answer that question, the disaffected will get hoovered up by someone who can.