by Max Brantley
Dr. David Burks, Harding University president, addressed the new website and publication by gay students at Harding, HU Queer Press, at a talk at daily chapel yesterday. He affirmed the Church of Christ school's teaching on the sinfulness of homosexual behavior and defended the blocking of the website on the Harding network on account of its "offensive" content. But he also said bullying would not be tolerated at Harding.
A followup, containing Harding's prepared response, is here. This post has drawn more than 120 comments, ranging from defense of the school to sharp criticism to some thoughtful posts on biblical interpretation and history. And, I should say, some heartfelt personal testimony, including just recently.
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