President Resigns

The president of Seattle Pacific University resigned last month in the midst of a controversy surrounding a human-sexuality class taught there. David Le Shana, 58, served nine years as president of the Free Methodist-related school. Le Shana, who had said previously he planned to retire in 1993, said his decision was made in part to allow a continuity of leadership as the school begins new fund-raising drives.

University officials commended Le Shana for his service to the university and said his early retirement is not connected to complaints over a human-sexuality course. However, other observers believe the controversy is the latest example of leadership problems at the school.

Critics say the course fails to delineate clearly the biblical view of sex. For instance, two homosexual lovers were invited to explain their sexual views to the class, and at least one textbook endorses homosexuality as a viable alternative lifestyle. John Glancy, director of university relations, said that “the university conducted a very thorough examination of the class and the instructor … and deemed that it was appropriate to teach.”

Paintings Banned From Park

A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled that 16 paintings depicting the life of Christ cannot be displayed in a public park. For more than 20 years, the art has been displayed at Christmastime by the Jaycees in Ottawa, Illinois. But the court said the practice violated the First Amendment by endorsing a religious message.

The Ottawa Jaycees are considering an appeal, according to Robert Skolrood, director of the National Legal Foundation, who says the court is enforcing a double standard. “Where Christ is depicted as a drug addict ...

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