Thursday, April 07, 2005

Virginia Baptists Take a Stand

The Danville Register & Bee is reporting that the Baptist General Association of Virginia has cut its ties with Averett University in Danville, Virginia, a school the Baptists had been affiliated with and supported for 145 years.

The split comes after a controversy over the formation of a Gay-Straight Student Alliance at Averett and the activities the student organization sponsored during a Gay Pride Week in February.

The article in the Danville newspaper states: . . .

The BGAV made its decision without any bitterness toward Averett, according to John Upton, executive director of the BGAV and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.

"Our position has long been clear and decisive that homosexuality is a lifestyle that goes against scripture and is contrary to stated Virginia Baptist core values," Upton said.

It's great to see a church organization stand on its principals and not take the politically correct path. Sadly, both Averett and the city of Danville, where both of my parents' families are from, will suffer from the split. However, the one Averett student the Register & Bee saw fit to interview sees it differently:
"I think the general student reaction is that they are free from the oppression, bigotry, discrimination and the rules the BGAV laid down," [Averett senior David] Hammack said. "Students at Averett are open, liberal and accepting of everyone and grew tired of a group that gave them so little money and demanded so much."

Let's remember to keep Averett and its students, faculty, staff and alumni in our prayers.

Hat tip goes to my cousin Leslie, an Averett alumna.


At Thursday, November 17, 2005 8:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an Averett Alumni I must agree with the ONE student that could comment. There is nothing Baptist about Averett to begin with. The title is there and the small amount of funding is there as well. Averett is a university full of intelligent, open-minded men and women that not only understand the world that they presently live in but also understand that living under the tyranny of a non-scientific, non-academically supported faith is pointless and mind-numbing. Faith is not based on fact and therefore anyone that considers themselves educated and open-minded and modern must let go of the stories and fables they were told as children. People are people no matter what some book says. I read Dr. Suess as a child but I dont expect to see a Star Bellied Sneech walking down the street. I would be ignorant if I devoted my life to something I read, wouldnt I? Thankfully that time of being loomed over by a group of conservative religious bigots is over for Averett.

At Monday, October 15, 2007 8:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who visited there with their son, the School never explained why they seperated from the Association.... now I know why... they were ashamed of the reason the school left.


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