To the Editor:
On behalf of the Council for Christian Schools and Universities, I’d love to respectfully reply to the Aug. 1 article, “Seattle Pacific Sues Washington AG,” written by way of Josh Moody. The thing describes the hiring insurance policies of SPU as “homophobic.” We imagine this mischaracterizes the college’s Way of life Expectancies and labels all Christian schools and universities that practice a faith-filled challenge in keeping with Biblical marriage requirements unjustly.
The CCCU helps the non secular challenge of our member establishments and advocates for a strong working out of non secular freedom the place the correct to observe those ideals comprises the correct to rent for challenge. Our establishments uphold Biblical perspectives of marriage as between one guy and one girl. Following the ones perspectives is a call that every scholar, college member and worker makes when attending, educating or running at a Christian establishment.
It’s merely mistaken and unfairly pejorative to label Biblical perspectives of marriage as “homophobic.” 9 justices of the Ideally suited Court docket within the Obergefell case spoke approvingly of this distinction of opinion in pointing out that, “The First Modification guarantees that non secular organizations and individuals are given right kind coverage as they search to show the foundations which are so pleasing and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their very own deep aspirations to proceed the circle of relatives construction they’ve lengthy respected.”
Homophobia, as used within the article, implies a hostility or worry of LGBTQ other folks this is unhealthy and prejudicial. To be transparent, LGBTQ individuals are welcome and protected at Christian schools and universities. Respecting the custom of marriage in keeping with upstanding ethical habits isn’t homophobic. It’s grounded within the Bible and a basis for an ethical society as lived during the challenge and practices of every CCCU establishment. We hang the Christian trust that every one human beings, with out exception, are invested with inherent price and dignity.
The appropriate to are living freely and hang other worldviews as an American can’t be undervalued. Neither can the correct of non secular liberty. In a pluralistic society, we will have to admire other folks with perspectives other from ours, and the phrases and tenor of this text didn’t display admire for constitutionally safe perspectives that can vary from the ones of the writer.
Homophobia has no position in Christian schools and universities. It additionally must now not seem when describing them. We’re thankful the identify used to be already amended, however we ask that the object be up to date to take away the phrase “homophobic.”
Leader Communications Officer
Council for Christian Schools & Universities