Drew Davis and Juan Varona are two openly gay volleyball players at Erskine University, a private Christian school in South Carolina. Their sexual orientation hasn’t been a secret — it has even been publicized — but the players have often said they felt accepted within the school community.
That’s why last week’s statement against homosexuality by the school took people by surprise:
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.
What is that supposed to mean? The monogamy part makes sense, but what does that line mean about how members of the school community are “expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality”? Will openly gay students be expelled? No, say school officials, but they didn’t really elaborate on how they would handle that situation.
I’l admit I laughed at this passive aggressive pushback on the school’s Wikipedia page:
It’s since been changed back. (And, for the record, I don’t approve of Wikivandalism.)
But the questions still remain on how the school will handle students who see no conflict between their homosexuality and their faith. What happens to students who say they want to be in a monogamous same-sex relationship? Right now, the statement is so vague — probably on purpose — that administrators could theoretically do whatever they’d like, all in the name of Jesus. Without further clarification, those gay and lesbian students have to live with the knowledge that they could be expelled at anytime if they speak out (or act out) against the policy. It’s an awful position to put them in — and it’s par for the course for Christian schools around the nation, where LGBT Christians are taught there’s something wrong with them.