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Contact Pepperdine President Andrew Benton at 310-506-4000...let him know that although his god may not approve of homosexuality, he does not condone homophobia either...and neither should Pepperdine.
Spread the word through email, your own blog or word-of-mouth to get Pepperdine University to end its pro-homophobia policies.
If you know this blog, you know that I am deeply committed to the full integration of GLBTQQ folks into society. I favor same-sex blessings within the church, and I believe that that position is not inconsistent with my evangelical Anabaptist theology. But like many of Boi's critics (including XRLQ and the late Angry Clam), I do believe -- passionately -- that Christian universities like Pepperdine have a right to insist that their particular interpretation of faith be allowed to hold sway.
(BTW, Pepperdine is hardly a fundamentalist institution; it does not require a signed statement of faith. My good friends who go to far more conservative but excellent local schools like The Master's College and Biola University barely consider Pepperdine to be Christian at all!)
The problem with a group like "Students Against Homophobia" is that many gay and lesbian folk (wrongly but understandably) fail to distinguish between hatred for and fear of gays on the one hand (real homophobia) and reasoned biblical arguments for viewing homosexual behavior as sinful. It is not hatred to remain faithful to millenia of tradition and to an exegetical standard that is accepted by the overwhelming majority of the world's Christians. I have -- after much prayer and study -- come to the belief that homosexual behavior is, in some instances, blessed by God. But I have the highest respect for those who, as much as they might like to, cannot come to that same conclusion. They have the right not to be attacked as "homophobes" merely because they stand on basic intellectual and theological principles.
I long for the day when the larger body of Christ moves to a new position on same-sex sexuality; but until that day, I honor the right -- and indeed the obligation -- of Christian institutions to uphold biblical standards as best they can. Of course, as a heterosexual man, it doesn't cost me anything to wait.