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OfflineHawkeye3
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Baptist school ousts gay student
    #5493845 - 04/08/06 07:31 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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Baptist school ousts gay student
LAFAYETTE GRAD'S WEB PAGE UPSETS UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS
By Art Jester
HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

A Lafayette High School graduate has been kicked out of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg because he wrote on a personal Web page that he is gay.

The student, Jason Johnson, 20, was officially dismissed either Thursday or yesterday, according to Larry Cockrum, director of media relations at the 1,700-student Baptist institution, formerly called Cumberland College.

Johnson, a sophomore majoring in theater arts, was at home in Lexington last night. The dean's list student said he could not comment under instructions from his lawyer, Don Waggoner.

Johnson was apparently thrown out of school, three weeks before the end of the school year, because his declaration that he is gay on MySpace.com violated a university policy that says:

"Any student who engages in or promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles (including sex outside marriage and homosexuality) may be suspended or asked to withdraw from the University of the Cumberlands."

Jim Taylor, the university's longtime president, was attending a funeral in Atlanta and was unavailable for comment. However, he released this statement:

"At the University of the Cumberlands, we hold students to a higher standard. Students know the rules before they come to this institution. We've followed our policies and procedures in keeping with our traditional denominational beliefs.

"University of the Cumberlands isn't for everyone. We tell prospective students about our high standards before they come.

"We are different by design, and are non-apologetic about our Christian beliefs."

One of Johnson's close friends, Jennifer Roberts, a senior from Belfry, said "everybody on campus is extremely upset about this."

Roberts said Johnson was a person of high character, honesty and trustworthiness who had distinguished himself in several campus activities, especially theater.

"He's openly gay but doesn't flaunt it," she said, then added: "I think you would be floored by the amount of gay people at our school."

"I would consider Jason a Christian because so many of his values are Christian," she said. "He embodies everything a friend should be. A lot of people are suffering because he is not here."

Roberts and Johnson worked together on a student-run television show, Patriot Talk. "I'm producer, he's director," she said.

Johnson was stage manager for a recent production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, and was a key person in the theater outreach program.

Roberts said some students will not be afraid to express their outrage.

"They're already printing T-shirts that say 'Jesus loves gay people, too,'" she said.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: Hawkeye3]
    #5493853 - 04/08/06 07:33 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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Johnson, a sophomore majoring in theater arts




The school should have immediately known he was gay when he registered for that major.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: Hawkeye3]
    #5493858 - 04/08/06 07:34 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

With a name like Jason Johnson, he had no chance in life. His parents set him up to be a queer from day one.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: Hawkeye3]
    #5493860 - 04/08/06 07:35 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

that's mean doubleyouteeef


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #5493865 - 04/08/06 07:36 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

why would that school even have a theater arts major? Sounds like it's directly contradictory to their moral standards


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: daimyo]
    #5493866 - 04/08/06 07:36 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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With a name like Jason Johnson, he had no chance in life.  His parents set him up to be a queer from day one.




:yesnod:

And why in the hell would a gay kid want to go to a Baptist school?


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #5493868 - 04/08/06 07:36 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Boys in uniform.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: daimyo]
    #5493876 - 04/08/06 07:39 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Coincidentally, Jason Johnson is the name of the the Indians player that pitched today. He won. Shut them out.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: daimyo]
    #5493884 - 04/08/06 07:40 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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Coincidentally, Jason Johnson is the name of the the Indians player that pitched today.




I'll bet he is a big hit around the clubhouse.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #5493904 - 04/08/06 07:43 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

i was going to say what the first 2 posts said lol


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #5493907 - 04/08/06 07:45 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

He knows how to handle balls and get the wood swinging.


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: daimyo]
    #5493917 - 04/08/06 07:47 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

but he's exclusively a pitcher  :sad:


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: daimyo]
    #5493920 - 04/08/06 07:48 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

and he sure knows how to give a mean bj


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: Hawkeye3]
    #5494239 - 04/08/06 09:18 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

This was pissing me off until I read this quote:

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"University of the Cumberlands isn't for everyone. We tell prospective students about our high standards before they come.

"We are different by design, and are non-apologetic about our Christian beliefs."




Good point. Why shouldn't a private school be able to set its own policies? Is this any different than expelling a girl who somehow enrolled in an all boys school? Or a practicing Satanist in a Christian institution? Or a black person in an all white school? Oh, wait... heh. But in the end they're the ones who built the school, using private funds. If there's enough demand, I'm sure someone will start a school for gay Christians eventually. By the end of the article I was pissed at the gay guy who feels entitled to waltz into a private institution where he's not welcome.


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    #5494254 - 04/08/06 09:24 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: blink]
    #5494287 - 04/08/06 09:34 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Well yeah, if I was on a jury hearing this case I'd find for the kid on precedent. But morally, I don't see why we should dictate who has to be accepted to this private school. As a business owner, I can refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason - as long as they're not a minority of some sort. Doesn't that seem a little weird?


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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: Ythan]
    #5494295 - 04/08/06 09:36 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Private places should be allowed to ban whoever they want.


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    #5494306 - 04/08/06 09:40 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

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Re: Baptist school ousts gay student [Re: blink]
    #5494310 - 04/08/06 09:40 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

:ban:

:otd:

:yesnod:

:banbanban:


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