Andrews University in Berrian Springs, Mich., shut down a bake sale that would have benefited an organization that helps LGBT youth who are homeless. From Blue Nation Review, an email from Andrews’ dean of student life (emphasis mine):
I think the most helpful thing I can do is to draw your attention to the fundraising policy found in the Student Handbook. It simply states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations “whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.” I think the judgment in this case is that there may be a perceived conflict between the mission and practices of Andrews University and those of Fierce Chicago – certainly not in their efforts to aid homeless youth, but in their approach to the LGBT issue, at large.
I hope this will be helpful. If a way can be found to serve LGBT homeless youth through an organization that more fully reflects the University’s mission and the stance of our denomination (which clearly calls for exhibiting compassion toward LGBT persons), let’s explore that.
Maybe I’m not reading for comprehension here, but how. The hell. Does helping homeless youth conflict with the university’s mission? Regardless of orientation, how. The hell. Does this effort conflict with a Christian mission? The school is named for Seventh-Day Adventist minister John Nevins Andrews, and here is that denomination’s stance on gay/lesbian rights.
Read your Book, Andrews University.