“The University affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God”
This is newsworthy because Baylor is a Christian university and has been in the news for other things lately.
Campus Reform reports:
Baptist university establishes its first LGBTQ+ student group
Baylor University, a Christian institution, has officially charted its first LGBTQ+ student organization in its 177-year history.
Baylor, a Baptist university located in Waco, Texas, granted the charter to Prism, an “LGBTQ+ and allies student organization,” on Apr. 19.
Chartered student organizations are eligible to receive benefits including on-campus meeting space, on-campus advertisement, and access to student funding, according to the Student Organization Policy.
“The mission of Prism serves Baylor University and its students through creating a respectful space that embraces diverse sexual identities (community) focused on continuous learning for the Baylor community, giving voice for LGBTQ+ students to the administration (care), and creating opportunities for all students to access resources through connection, belonging, and education,” the Prism constitution states.
However, the chapter contradicts the policy outlined in the Baylor Student Handbook. According to the school’s Statement on Human Sexuality, Baylor students are expected to abide by “biblical teaching” that dictates marriage is “between a man and a woman.”
“The University affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God,” the statement reads. “It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”
Assistant Vice President of Media and Public Relations Lori Fogleman told Campus Reform that “Baylor’s Statement on Human Sexuality has not changed.”
“Prism’s charter is consistent with the parameters outlined by the Baylor Board of Regents in May 2021,” Fogleman added.
“The biblical understanding that sexual relations of any kind outside of marriage between a man and a woman are not in keeping with the teaching of Scripture,” the Board of Regents stated in a May 2021 resolution.
However, the university also stated that the university will work to collaborate with LGBTQ students to make resources accessible.
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