In a country that doesn't (officially) recognize state-sponsored religion, whose Constitution says "all men are created equal," where bigotry and bias are abhorred — why do otherwise intelligent and sensitive people feel they can engage in hate speech against gay people?

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Reason Why So Many Pseudo-Christians Are Poorly Educated OR The Reason The Church Keeps Losing Good People

A Kentucky newspaper reports about another reason to hate the psuedo-Christians. Now they are expelling students for being gay. Nevermind that the official Christian stand is that the orientation is okay while gay behavior is sinful — just saying you're gay online without evidence you've acted on it is cause for some to feel compelled to cut you away from the flock.

This reminds me of the dumb-ass bishops in St. Louis, Oregon and Nebraska last year who aimed to refuse communion to those who voted for candidates who were pro-choice or open-minded about gay issues. If you believe the act of receiving communion brings one — ummm — in COMMUNION with God, why would you refuse it to someone you think might need more divine guidance in his or her life? Wouldn't it make more sense for you to insist an individual such as this should receive double communion? Or don't you honestly believe in the essence and power of your ritual?

But it's so much more empowering (to you, that is) to treat receiving communion — or being allowed to continue religious study, as the article below relates — as a system of reward and punishment, isn't it? Where is God in these types of decisions? Are you trying to enhance His power on earth — or just yours?

It's too bad the student described below was expelled. But there are plenty of other, higher-quality, more respected, liberal schools he can attend (If I knew him, I'd recommend the major Catholic University I attended). And the dumb-ass, holier-than-thou Baptists at the University of Cumberlands have done their best to drive him there.

If you're keeping track, that's one more intellectual, truthful, good-hearted American who — through no fault of his own — has had to move away from his religion — probably never to return as devotedly again.

Student Who Wrote He Was Gay Dismissed From School

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — A University of Cumberlands student who revealed he was gay on a personal Web page has been expelled.

A university spokesman says 20-year-old Jason Johnson was asked to leave the small Baptist school earlier this week.

The student from Lexington was dismissed after he posted on his Web page at the popular Internet site MySpace.com that he was gay.

The university has a policy that says it reserves the right to expel a student who — quote — "promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles."

The university would not comment specifically on Johnson's expulsion, but school president Jim Taylor says in a statement that the school is unapologetic about its Christian beliefs.


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