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College should admit hostility to gays

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College should admit hostility to gays

The Aug. 4 Daily Herald reports that Wheaton College has been ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review as the most unfriendly university toward gays and lesbians. The college excuses itself saying, "Our goal is to follow God's truth. While some may interpret this stance as hostility to the LGBT community, our aim is to stand respectfully and graciously for biblical truth."

The truth is the college does not follow God's truth. The Bible declares that if a man lies with another man or commits adultery, they shall be put to death. But I've never heard the college support putting gays and adulterers to death, so the college is not following biblical truth.

Furthermore, the Bible declares that women shall remain silent and not be permitted to teach, but I've not heard the college criticize the U.S. Episcopal Church for having selected Katharine Jefferts Schori as its presiding bishop. So again the college is not following biblical truth.

Again, the Bible tells us that that we should not work on the Sabbath, but I'm sure members of the college student body and faculty go shopping on Saturday and Sunday, thus encouraging employees of those stores to work contrary to biblical truth.

However, if Wheaton College wishes to proclaim that it follows biblical truth, indeed it is hostile and unfriendly to gays and lesbians inasmuch as it would have to support putting them to death. And the college also would have to call for dismissing Schori as bishop, and that would be hostile, too. The college cannot have it both ways. If Wheaton College does support biblical truth, it must concede it is in fact hostile and unfriendly to the gay and lesbian community, to all Episcopalians, and to all of us who shop on the Sabbath.

Theodore M. Utchen