Gay students at Belmont University in Nashville thought creating a gay group on campus would be a wonderful idea. But they must’ve forgot about the school’s Christian values, which have succeeded in playing keep-away for more than two years.
Belmont Bridge Builders was denied recognition as a student group application by university officials. But the organization’s president Robbie Maris is left in the dark about why the group has been, News Channel 5 reports, “called divisive and problematic.” A pro-life student group didn’t have that problem; Belmont Students for Life was approved.
The LGBT group “will reflect the mission of Belmont University by empowering students of diverse backgrounds through assistance and aid unto gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and those who support them,” according to its mission statement. “B. Bridge Builders will strive to foster the discussion and examination of the Christian faith and LGBT-related issues, both as an intersection and a divide, through respectful means and diverse cultural, social, and faith-based perspectives. We uphold Jesus Christ as our ideal standard and model, and revere Christ’s promise: ‘blessed are the peacemakers.’ B. Bridge Builders will put forth means that will engage and transform our campus, and the world, with intellect, compassion, courage, and faith.”
Because installing LGBT student groups just seems like the worst idea ever. In place of a queer group, the university has created a one-hour discussion group that meets biweekly. Dr. Andrew Johnston, the student affairs dean, remarked in April when B Bridge Builders was first denied: “”Given the history of the type of campus that we are, we didn’t want to create a group to start a campus-wide organization around things that could be potentially divisive or difficult for the institution at this point.”
Even Steven, right?