According to Donald Dowless, President of Shorter University in Rome, GA, the most important thing on his agenda is getting faculty and staff to sign a two-page “affirmation of our Christ-centered mission” that, among other things, says they “do not view premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality ‘as acceptable.’”


The Rome News-Tribune reports that, in addition to poo-pooing homosexuality and adultery, the statement requires staffers at the small Christian college adhere to three other principles: loyalty to the mission of Shorter University, abstinence from illegal drugs, and not using alcohol in the presence of students and in public.

While some students at Shorter do receive government aid, the university itself does not receive any federal funding for its $50 million annual budget. It would seem, then, that the school is protected from a discrimination lawsuit. But does the pledge mean Shorter won’t hire gays, sexually active single straight people and non-Christians?

“That’s a hypothetical situation and I’d rather wait and face it if we have to,” Nelson Price, chairman of Shorter’s board of trustees, told reporter Lydia Senn.

Ooh, good dodge!


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