How many universities that do actual Christianity are left in America?
Not a lot. Definitely not a lot.
And they just can’t leave them alone.
Activists gathered at Samford University in Alabama to once again protest the school’s decision not to officially recognize the campus chapter of the LGBT group, OUTlaw.
It was the second recent protest to confront perceived inequality for LGBT-identifying community members at the school. Last year, activists also organized after Samford withheld permission for liberal church congregations to set up booths during the school’s church fair.
Samford is a private, historically Baptist school located in Homewood, Alabama, dedicated to traditional biblical teachings.
“Faithful to its mission,” the university website states, “Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values.” Among those core values are “service to God, to family, to one another and to the community” and “appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.”
President Beck Taylor reaffirmed Samford’s values in a 2022 video address following the school’s decision to admit neither a local Episcopalian nor Presbyterian church to the school church fair.
“Formal ministry partners have special privileges, such as enjoying direct access to students on campus, reserving spaces for programming,” Taylor explained, “and receiving the implied endorsement of our campus ministry staff as partners and discipleship and spiritual formation.”
The move was not a sudden right-wing shift, Taylor pointed out. Against any surprise, he said, the Samford administration has held a traditional stance on sexuality for years.
Taylor also praised Samford’s ecumenical diversity.
Two months later, the school decided against recognizing a Samford chapter of OUTlaw.
In September 2023, the Students, Alumni, and Faculty for Equality (SAFE) at Samford responded by organizing a protest and posting OUTlaw’s comments on the SAFE Samford website.
“OUTlaw is incredibly disheartened over Samford University’s decision not to formally recognize our group as an official student organization,” OUTlaw’s letter reads. The chapter argued that Samford’s decision sends a message: “LGBTQ+ people are inferior to our non-LGBTQ+ peers by virtue of our design, that we should be ashamed of who we are because of who we love, or that we are anything less than fearfully and wonderfully made.”
We’re at the point where Christianity is de facto illegal.
Video from a year ago about what happened