Marquette Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Threatened With Suspension for Failure to Accept Sexually Active Homosexual Officer
It was Mark Belling who first reported this at the very end of his show today, and we’ve been able to confirm some (but not all) of the details.
Apparently, an officer of the Marquette Intervarsity Christian Fellowship came “out of the closet” as gay. He made it quite clear that he disagreed with the organization’s interpretation of Christian teaching about homosexuality (which happens to be essentially identical to Catholic teaching about homosexuality).
He admitted to having a homosexual affair with another male, and made it clear that he did not intend to break it off. He was dismissed as an officer.
He complained to Student Affairs at Marquette, apparently claiming he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.
Belling reported that the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has been suspended at Marquette on the basis of this complaint. According to Vice President for Student Affairs Chris Miller, this isn’t quite accurate. In fact, there was (within the past week) an adjudication of the issue, which upheld the complain of discrimination.
But the organization has not been suspended yet, since they have a right to appeal. The next step in the appeal process will be the Dean of Students, Stephanie Quade, who could, in theory at least, overturn the result of the adjudication.
Miller insisted on going on the record with some comments highly favorable to the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, calling them a “stellar student organization,” and a “great aspect” of student life at Marquette. He commended the interest that the organization’s alumni continue to take in the university.
Miller’s comments may signal that the Office of Student Affairs is willing to back down on this, but given Marquette’s recent record of caving in to each and every demand made by the campus gay lobby, one can’t be sure of that.
It’s clear that Marquette is not willing to stand up for Catholic teaching about homosexuality. The issue here is: are they even willing to tolerate it?
[Update 5:43 p.m. Thursday]
We just got this via e-mail from Stephanie Quade:
There was a student conduct hearing involving IVCF last week, the group appealed the outcome.We assume “end of the week” means tomorrow.
As I am the appellate officer in this matter, I cannot really comment on any of the specifics of the case while it is still pending, as I am sure you understand.
Hoping to have the appeal done by the end of the week.
The original hearing was held by Student Affairs bureaucrats -- this being the summer, no students or faculty were involved.
Quade insists that her decision will be “final.”
It will be interesting to see how this turns out. We assume that the organization was charged with discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. But as we understand it, the problem wasn’t “orientation” but an actual homosexual affair, and the student’s outspoken rejection of Christian teaching about homosexuality.
So an interesting question is how this student differs from Jodi O’Brien, who had an offer to be Arts & Sciences Dean withdrawn because of her outspoken support for lesbianism.
Rape vs. Political Incorrectness on Homosexuality
Another interesting aspect of this is that the Office of Student Affairs, and specifically Stephanie Quade have created a lot of bad publicity for Marquette with their lackadaisical treatment of rape on campus.
So are they now going to get really tough on a Christian organization that insists its officers conform to Christian teachings on sexuality?