Saturday, November 2, 2013

Gay Rights And Religious Colleges

Baylor, located in Waco, Texas is a Baptist University. On October 24th the Student Senate proposed a change to the Sexual Misconduct Code.

From the Houston Chronicle, I quote;
     "The old code, last updated in 2007, contained a list of actions banned as 'misuses of God's gift' that includes 'sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication and homosexual acts'. The new proposed change takes out the phrase 'homosexual acts' and replaces it with 'non-marital consensual deviate sexual intercourse.'"

I don't know what it means, but "within the Baylor community it is seen as progress" towards non-discrimination.

Kyrie O'Connor, the Chronicle reporter, said that, "Baylor issued a stunningly opaque official statement, and members of student government are not allowed to talk to media."

Should you want more 'clarification' of the student discussion I refer you to the student newspaper, The Lariat. Here is a sample comment of an open forum from student Jailyn Parnell:

“It is not saying that Baylor is OK with homosexuality, or that students will all of a sudden be more welcoming,” Parnell said. “It is saying that we are not going to pinpoint homosexuals. It is saying that homosexual acts are wrong but heterosexual acts committed outside of marriage are also wrong. It is making it more equal.”

Today I find it all to be a mute point as the student body President vetoed the change and the Student Senate could not muster the two-thirds vote to override.

Further Reading:

Gay Rights and Religious Colleges