Homosexuals at Christian colleges press for acceptance.

Christian college campuses across the country have become the setting for an intense struggle over homosexuality, involving free-speech rights, academic freedom, and theological beliefs.

During the past year and a half:

• At Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a bitter debate lasting several weeks followed the school’s College Republicans’ invitation to an antihomosexual-rights activist to speak last spring. More than a thousand students attended the talk, creating a charged atmosphere filled with yelling and violent gestures. One professor called it “the foulest event in the school’s history.”

• At Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, an angry debate ensued after the school newspaper published an interview last spring with an unnamed homosexual student who said he found no contradiction between his lifestyle and his Christianity. Also, four students from Eastern attended the Gay March on Washington in April with a banner proclaiming, “Christian, Gay, and Proud—Eastern College Gay and Lesbian Community.” Students from Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, joined them.

• At Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, a contentious debate flared last spring after a former Gordon student shared how he has come to accept his homosexual orientation and how he feels he has followed God’s leading by being ordained.

This fall the homosexual issue resurfaced at Gordon when an allegedly neo-Nazi student group was implicated in writing offensive graffiti, making threatening phone calls to homosexual sympathizers, and slashing the draped sweater of a woman who had written a public letter supportive of homosexuals. Later ...

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