No Fags At Belmont University
As high schools across the nation pass the message, “It gets better” to gay teens, an institution of higher education is passing the message, “No fags here.” Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, does not think that sort of thing should be openly supported in a student group. But they will let students talk about homosexuality.
Robbie Maris, an undergrad with the University, says talks is cheap. He is unhappy his proposal for a new gay student group to be called “Belmont Bridge Builders” was not approved.
Robbie is not alone in wanting a support group. If the prophets at Christian values Belmont University think suicide is limited to high schoolers, they have some tough lessons coming. Well-known is the tragic story of Tyler Clementi who jumped from a bridge when roommates allegedly video streamed Clementi having sex with another male student. Clementi might have benefited from a college coming out group.
Belmont’s reaction to the Maris proposal was, no gay groups here, but “Beginning last spring, a university sponsored discussion group on these issues has convened twice monthly and expects to continue for the duration of this academic year.”
In other words, Belmont is willing to have those who are brave enough to come out of the closet meet with those who would like to keep them in the closet for a stacked deck “discussion” about being gay and being Christian. What is wholly lacking is an understanding by school administrators of the need gay college students have for peer support. You don’t get that through a discussion group comprised of straight boys who don’t have a clue what it means to be a gay man discussing gay issues with young people who do. But then, open minds are not often sought on Christian campuses.Continued on the next page