Pepperdine University has denied the application of a group of students seeking to form an LGBT club called “Reach OUT”, according to L.A. Weekly.
In a statement to the school’s newspaper, the Dean of Students Mark Davis says that Pepperdine must remain faithful to biblical teachings that sexual activity is only between a man and a woman. He states that “Pepperdine seeks to be faithful to this teaching because we believe it is God’s will and therefore we cannot endorse another view or take a neutral position on sexual morality.” This tony, private university located in the hills of Malibu is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
Davis goes on to point out that there is already a university-sanctioned committee on LGBT issues called “Building Bridges.” However, students say this is not enough and they have created a petition in hopes of reversing Davis’ decision. To date, they’ve gathered more than 4,000 student signatures but it seems unlikely the administration will budge. Davis’ statement goes on to add that “although Reach OUT stated in its application that it has no position on sexual activity, we do not believe it is possible for a LGBT student organization to maintain a neutral position.”
Like the university’s “neutral position” that sex is only between a man and a woman?
It’s surprising that this sort of discriminatory situation has occurred at a school located in Southern California. Though Pepperdine is known for being somewhat conservative, the current student body (which numbers more than 7,000 grads and undergrads) is clearly more diverse and tolerant than administrators there would like to believe.
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