- If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide as a result of a belief that homosexuality makes you an abomination to God and enemy of the cross of Christ, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline ( http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ …) at 1-800-273-8255. If chat works better, go here: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx …The Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org/) is also a great resource. They are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, and also have texting and chatting options.
- Bob Jones University (BJU) dedicated their chapel services this week to discussing a "biblical" response to homosexuality. Chapel is mandatory for students and faculty unless the student has a job (already approved with the university) off-campus during chapel hour. To get a feeling for their views on the topic, their previous president and current chancellor, Dr. Bob Jones III, once called for the public stoning of homosexuals.
At the White House in 1980, Dr. Bob Jones III, then-president (and now chancellor) of Bob Jones University spoke to a reporter for the associated press suggesting that America would be better off if gay men and lesbians were stoned to death.
“I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted but it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.”
-Dr. Bob Jones III
- I'm sure you can see why this week's dedication to the topic of homosexuality is deeply concerning.Here are a couple of links talking a little bit further about the week:
- BJUnity (@LGBTBJU) is a BJU-alumni created group for current and previous students and faculty of Bob Jones Elementary, Academy, and/or University.
- UPDATE: Links to audio and transcripts of all 4 sermons plus the Q&A can be found at this link, courtesy of the good people at BJU News.
- I have spent all week screaming about this. Here's my screaming (and occasionally others who had great things to say as well).
- All online activity at BJU is monitored, particularly personal emails. They use things like search results, visited websites, and personal emails to incriminate you. It's so very important for students and faculty there who are seeking REAL help with questions about sexuality (or even big things like how to deal with being abused) to not use their BJU-provided email addresses. Go off campus, use your personal gmail or other email address.
- I began listening to the messages from Monday through Wednesday here.