March 6, 2011
Gay student site shut down at Harding University
Back in the days before everyone had their own blog, you could be expelled from public school for starting an underground newspaper. A high school friend of mine was. And while I suppose that’s still a possibility, it seems unlikely in a world where anyone can publish with some free software and a little interest.
Last week Harding University censored an “underground student website” dealing with gay and lesbian issues at the Church of Christ school in Arkansas. University President David B. Burks later defended the decision to censor HUQueerPress.com.
Here’s the story via the school’s sanctioned student newspaper, The Bison:
I grew up in the Church of Christ. It’s among the most theologically conservative Protestant denominations, though it lacks a typical denominational structure. This move by the university—a university that has curfews for students living in the dorms and, if I correctly recall the stories of a friend who went to Harding, doesn’t allow boys in the girl dorms—really comes as no surprise. And neither does the public response.
Coincidentally, this action comes on the heels of the open letter by gay and lesbian alumni of Westmont College.
(Hat tip: The Christian Chronicle)