I have come to the “Captain Obvious” conclusion about our present society: many Americans hate homosexuals. For too many, homosexuality seems to be the bane of so many existences. You see it in the protests. You witness it in the social media commentary. In fact, contempt for homosexuality is probably seen so many places it is nauseating.

What I find oxymoronic of it all is how sexually open society has become. Many people have popularized the sexual overtones present in books like 50 Shades of Grey. Sex In The City was a fan favorite for many females. There are states that are allowing for same-sex marriages. Thus, there are parts of society that (surprisingly) is accepting the idea of sexuality in many of its forms.

Still, that does not keep other factions from residing in the stone ages.

American Hate For HomosexualitySouth Carolina, Ho!

For one college in South Carolina, homosexuality is just a no-no to be absconded from. Here is the story of how Erskine College made sure to keep things Biblically focused:

Last year, two players on the Erskine volleyball team, Drew Davis and Juan Verona, went public with the fact that they are gay men. The team went on to play against the top teams in the nation at the NCAA tournament.

Now, Erskine officials are attempting to make certain that any other LGBT students at the college know that the school does not welcome them.

The school’s “Statement on Human Sexuality,” issued late last week, said “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved.” [1]

Jaun Varona

For Erskine College, there is more to be said. They eventually quoted the Bible quite a few times:

Christ affirms that marital union is to be between a man and woman (Matt 19:4-6). The Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage (1 Thes. 4:3-5, Col. 3:5-7). Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).

We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position. [2]

Andrew Davis

So, it is easy to see where the problem is: you have homosexuality happening in a realm of anti-same sex love.

I get it. I really do.

However, this “anti-homosexuality” stance does not tell the other story. Varona noted that his “sexual orientation is no secret” and that he hasn’t received “anything but kind treatment from everyone at this school” [3]. It seems that everything was everything for Varona and Davis. Still, Juan Varona did note that he is “sad and worried for other gay people who might be struggling with confidence to come out” [4]. Therefore, there are two parts of this situation: the college’s response and the perspective of the involved students.

American Hate For Homosexuality – Bigger Picture

Some may be wondering about the “bigger picture” in all of this. For many, this situation is cut and dry. You have gay students at a Christian college. In reality, many will say that they should have known better. Juan Varona and Drew Davis should have known there would be eventual backlash. Thus, they should understand that certain parts of society are not going to accept them.

For others, however, there is something bigger at play. This situation looks like the old time religion of hatred and intolerance. Part of the reason is that the situation became so “publicized” (the athletes came out publicly). This tends to cause people to actually fall back into “protection mode” (whether it is to protect appearances or expectations). It is apparent that the bigger problem is that parts of our society want to hold onto standards that either need to be raised or amended altogether.

American Hate For Homosexuality – Epilogue

Once again, homosexuality is going to rub certain Americans the wrong way. For whatever reason, there will be those that will rail against it. As much sexual acceptance that exists in society, sexual intolerance is still prevalent. Many of us hope for a society that allows people to live. Still, this will never happen as long as we discriminate against others.

Discrimination is discrimination no matter what the motivation.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!