We usually avoid writing about this subject, but it seems to be an obsession with Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Other than promoting his creationist tourist attractions, it seems to be his favorite topic.
Hambo just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Christian University to Not Allow Same-Sex Relationships Between Students. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Azusa Pacific University [a bible college in California] had recently announced in the student-run campus newspaper that the restriction on same-sex relationships between students was being lifted [Gasp!], effective immediately (at the start of the Fall semester). Bill Fiala, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students made a few statements for the paper regarding the decision, including this eyebrow-raising one:
[He quotes the eyebrow-raising comment:] The change that happened with the code of conduct is still in alignment with our identity as a Christian institution. The language changed, but the spirit didn’t. Our spirit is still a conservative, evangelical perspective on human sexuality.
Hambo is horrified! He says:
So I have to ask, what does “Christian” and “evangelical” mean? To allow for same-sex relationships is to condone a behavior the Bible calls sin! All sex outside of biblical marriage is sin! [Oh no!] So if a Christian Institution allows for same-sex relationships and calls itself “Christian” and “evangelical,” one can no longer assume these terms mean what they used to!
You can easily understand Hambo’s rage. He tells us:
According to the campus newspaper, the two main things that influenced this decision were some anti-LGBTQ slurs targeting an APU faculty member and the complaint by some students that the code of conduct unfairly targeted LGBTQ people. Now insulting and demeaning people is not an acceptable way for Christians to behave [Hambo would never do that!], but I find it amazing that one such incident can be so inflammatory, when Christians are often called “haters,” “homophobes,” “transphobes,” etc. simply because they believe the Bible’s definition of marriage and sexuality.
Yeah, they should be able to shrug off criticism. Hambo seems to thrive on it. He continues:
Regarding the claimed “unfair” code of conduct by APU, the university’s statement on human sexuality (which is biblically based) states that any sexual activity outside of marriage between one man and one woman (which is the true biblical definition [scripture references] is a sin against the body, which, for Christians, is the temple of the Holy Spirit [more scripture references]. So how was there any discrimination here?
Yeah, where’s the discrimination? Let’s read on:
You are either biblically (and legally) married as one man with one woman, celibate, or you are sinning. This statement convicts all except for those who adhere to biblical marriage or are single and celibate.
See? Hambo is a compassionate man and he doesn’t discriminate. Now the story takes a dramatic turn:
However, the story doesn’t end there. Just a few days ago, the APU Board of Trustees issued a new statement, denying that the Board had ever approved any change to the student code of conduct and that they were reaffirming their (and the university’s) stance on the biblical definition of marriage and sexuality.
Confusing, isn’t it? Here’s Hambo’s finish:
If the statement is a true, heartfelt expression of their belief and not simply pandering to pressure from their supporters, then this is good news! We need to hold the APU Board up to the Lord, as they stand against internal and external pressures on biblical marriage and sexuality issues.
That is very grudging approval. The school still needs to prove to Hambo that they are worthy of his respect. Everyone does, including you, dear reader.
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