Biola University Reacts After ‘Queer Underground’ Comes Out
LA MIRADA (CBS) — Officials at a private Christian university in Southern California held a “family discussion” on Friday after revelations of a community of homosexual students rocked the 100-year-old campus.
Biola University president Barry Corey announced the discussions in response to recent outreach efforts by a group of students identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) who call themselves the “Biola Queer Underground” (BQU).
The group took aim at the school’s theological position when the BQU first went public last Wednesday on its website, challenging university officials on their “traditional understanding of homosexuality”, including asking how the school plans to be “more open towards students who don’t see homosexuality and queer identity as a sin”.
The campaign drew a 4-page response from Corey affirming the La Mirada university’s Biblical stance on same-sex marriage with a statement backed by the Board of Trustees.
“God’s design for marriage and sexuality is the foundational reason for viewing acts of sexual intimacy between a man and a woman outside of marriage, and any act of sexual intimacy between two persons of the same sex, as illegitimate moral options for the confessing Christian,” the statement read.
While BQU members have chosen to remain anonymous, university officials have stated there would be no repercussions for students who simply hold a view contrary to the school’s teachings.
But Vice President for Student Development Chris Grace warned that any behavioral attitudes would elicit disciplinary action from the school.
“A belief is one thing. Acting on that and telling other people to act on that — that violates what our community standards would be, and then we would [address that],” Grace is quoted as saying on the school’s website.