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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exodus! Professors Quit En Masse After Georgia College Tries To Ban Gay Faculty

A Baptist college has discovered that there is such thing as ‘blowback’ in the culture wars:

More than two dozen faculty members have resigned from Shorter University, a Baptist school in Georgia, after it required them to sign a “personal lifestyle statement” that condemns homosexuality, premarital sex and public drinking.

An online campaign called “Save Our Shorter” says that the lifestyle pledge, adopted in the fall of 2011 along with a statement of faith, has led to dozens of resignations. University president Donald Dowless on Friday confirmed that 36 faculty have resigned and at least 25 cited disagreement with either the personal lifestyle statement or the faith statement.

In 2005, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Baptist Convention could fully stock the board with its allies, and their decisions have apparently led to the exodus of more than a third of the school’s faculty in less than a year. Even worse, a new survey reveals that only 12 percent of professors plan to stay for next year — one tenured librarian, who is gay, lost his tenure after he crossed out the “lifestyle statement.”

  • I taught that the law and religion were not to be mix. The school is not funded by private sectors but Tax dollars which is taken by everyone gay and straight, the official need to think about the message that is benign sent out. Without creating more problem than needed.

  • People Really! Really!! Don’t Care What You Do In Your Bedroom!!!! But Bring That To Work? Why? Just Do Your Job . Talk About Sexual Harrassment? (big Smile)

  • ruauper2

    Stupidity remains supreme.

  • panskeptic

    And they’d do it to the whole country if they could.

    Smug asses.

  • phyllisn

    The Professors who have resigned are true teachers.

  • A good example of what the right wing has in mind for every individual who lives in the Country.

  • joyscarbo

    Universities like this should be allowed absolutely NO government funding and lose all eligibility for applying for government grants for research projects!!! Let the Baptist Church completely fund their own school. They should have their accredidation taken away!

  • I applaud the educators who’ve left that horrible institution. I’m not making any accusations here, but it has been my experience that those who profess publicly so much fear of gays protest just a little too much. For the life of me and can’t understand such fearful ignorance. Why not practice the teachings of their own religions and stop trying to push ones own beliefs on everybody else? Why is that so hard for these so-called Christians to accomplish? Beats the hell out of me.

  • howa4x

    This is great! These ultra right wing places and states will percipitate a brain drain. Maybe Shorter will loose it’s accredidation and become like Liberty college which teaches that the world is really only 5,000 yrs old and dinosaurs roamed the planet with people and intelligent design is taught in place of science. States that support these type schools with special legislation will find that the graduates will have a hard time competing with those of other states where real science is taught in the futue knowledge based economy. This push by republican governors, and legislatures to bust unions, use invasive tactics against women who want a right to choice, pass anti gay laws as well as anti immigrant ones could chase people away and prevent others from comming. We are moving toward an alignment of Red state-Blue state based on education. The more education you have the more respectful you are of women’s issues, people from other cultures and lifestyles. You are more concerned about what is in your water and food, protective of childrens health by giving access to care, and removing enviornmental dangers them and from everyone. Education is prized and funded for all races and people of all faiths not just some. It is no accident the best schools/medical schools in the country are located in the blue states as well as the richest counties in the country. It is the Red states where there are Republican majorites, and tea party representation that sadly lag behind.

  • Landsende

    I applaud those professors that stood up against bigotry. We are slowly being stripped of our rights by the conservative movement. There is no middle ground with them. It is their way or the highway. We have troops fighting in other countries to stop tyranny and we run the risk of it happening here if the teapublicans take over.

  • They can promote Blowback and Shorter but they can not Rise above SEX.Sounds kind of Fishy.