The Truth About the Shame List.

A facebook friend recently shared a post by Franklin Graham where he blasted the “gay agenda” for creating a shame list of Christian colleges that are discriminatory toward LGBTQ youth. Here’s what Mr. Graham had to say:

Talk about intolerance. The LGBT movement is trying to cram down America’s throat the lie that homosexuality is okay. Now they’re trying to force Christian colleges to accept the homosexual lifestyle of students—or be on their “shame list.” Colleges like Liberty University and Wheaton College are on the list—good for them. Guess what? These schools are supposed to operate on the truth of God’s Word—that’s what they were founded to do. They didn’t define sin, God did. He created us, loves us, and gives us instructions on how to live in the Bible. He made it clear that homosexuality is not His design and is a sin. It takes courage to stand against the high tide of political correctness in our world today. I applaud these Christian schools and urge them to stay true to the Word of God. Pray for them, and share your encouragement in the comments below

I guess the LGBT activists can add me to their so-called shame list because I believe the Word of God and love them enough to tell them the truth and warn them that the wages of sin is death. How about you?

And here is what Campus Pride says about the shame list:

Shame List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth

“Religion-based bigotry is careless and life-threatening,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “LGBTQ young people face high rates of harassment and violence, especially our trans youth and LGBTQ youth of color. The schools on this list openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and many of these schools have requested or received Title IX exemptions for no other purpose than to discriminate, expel and ban LGBTQ youth from campus. It is shameful and wrong.”

Campus Pride named the list the “Shame List” for the purpose of calling out the harmful and shameful acts of religion-based prejudice and bigotry. “Families and young people deserve to know that this list of schools are the worst for LGBTQ youth.  They are not loving, welcoming, safe spaces to live, learn and grow – and nobody wants to go to a college that openly discriminates against anyone,” Windmeyer said.

The Shame List identifies the “absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth” in the United States. The colleges & universities listed have chosen to openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and have requested Title IX exemptions to perpetuate the harms of religion-based bigotry.  The criterion to be the “absolute worst” campus includes either of the following: 1) Received and/or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or 2) Demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs, and practices.

Students who find their campus on the Shame List are encouraged to reach out to Campus Pride and consider filing a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Prospective students and families who are looking for LGBTQ-friendly campuses are encouraged to check out the Campus Pride Index for a free online search database.

Campus Pride releases the list annually and updates regularly.  The listing below is in alphabetical order.

Here’s my take:

Dear Campus Pride: While I appreciate your efforts to warn LGBTQ Youth about non-affirming Christian colleges I must say, the shame list is a poor choice of words. It is not doing anything but alienating Evangelicals from the conversation… they already think we have a gay agenda to shove our “lifestyle” down their throats so why feed into it even more? As you’ll see below, they don’t think too highly of us so why give them any more reason to hate us? I think we can pick and choose our battles and calling this a shame list might not be worth it. Why not just call it a non-affirming list?

For Mr. Graham and my Christian brothers and sisters:

When things like this happen your vitriol and hate for gays really shines like a spotlight. I just don’t get it, though. Are you so clueless that you don’t realize there are gays everywhere, in your pews, in your classrooms, in your churches, and Sunday school class? You just don’t know it. And many of them are probably miserable knowing that the people in their life think so low of them. The fear of ever being exposed is torture. Also, did it ever occur to you that there might just be young people that love Jesus but also happen to be gay and they WANT to attend those colleges for the classes, the fellowship, the worship…? Why should these young people be denied the education they want because they’re different? They’re not heathens if they want to attend Liberty University, I’m pretty sure of that. Besides that, if I can’t be gay and be a Christian then shouldn’t they WANT me to attend their school so they can show me the love of Jesus and teach me how to live for Christ?

Both sides can do a better job at choosing their battles and remembering that their words have power. Under Mr. Graham’s post was a slew of awful comments that make me ashamed of my fellow Christians and make me sad thinking that these people may have relatives that are gay and living in terror of their family finding out. Here are some screenshots of the comments… and Christians wonder why gays want nothing to do with them or their Jesus.

 

 

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