The Wilmington campus at the University of North Carolina is coming under fire for suggesting religious affiliations for its students after its campus LGBT center began distributing a list of the area's LGBT-friendly churches to students and faculty.
The LGBT center - officially called the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex & Allied Students, Faculty, & Alumni Office" - began distributing the list last month. The list features local businesses, health centers, and non-profit organizations that are also LGBT-friendly.
One professor on the UNCW campus - criminology professor Mike Adams - is leading the charge against the list, arguing that no public institution like UNC should be recommending to students where they should go to church.
"It's just amazing," Adams said. "It appears to me to be the height of not just silliness, but government waste. ... If I were to stand up and start recommending churches in the classroom, that would be a serious problem."
Adams' argument sounds like a simple case of commitment to uphold the separation of church and state. But then, when you take a look at the editorial he wrote in favor of dismantling the LGBTQIA Office's goal of providing LGBT students with safe spaces to go in Wilmington, it's clear that Adams' perspective is based in anti-LGBT sentiments.
In his editorial, Adams listed the five churches that the LGBTQIA Office deemed LGBT-friendly. He lists the location and information for each of the churches and then opines about them.
Here are his thoughts on the Church of the Servant:
"I think Church of the Servant is a pretty bad name for a gay-friendly church. What about Church of the Master? I mean, what if a gay couple is into all those games of dominance and submission? Shouldn't a truly diverse congregation serve both the dominant and submissive partner?"
And on the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation:
"This is good news for Michele Bachmann - the candidate I support for president. If this church really is open to Ls, Bs, Gs, Ts, Qs, Is, and As then, surely, they will welcome ex gays (Xs), too. And if they welcome ex gays they cannot exclude someone just because they think it's possible to become an ex gay. I think the Bachmanns have found a new path to reconciliation within the Lutheran Church!"
And, to conclude everything, his final opinion about the list, which is hardly an argument about the separation of church and state:
"Even they must admit that the University of North Carolina at Wilmington LGBTQIA Office would never be willing to take the time to come up with a list of churches for people who want to hear the two most important truths about homosexuality:
1) It is unequivocally sinful according to both the Old and New Testaments ... and 2) God wants you to avoid homosexuality because He loves you and He knows it will hurt you badly, not to mention end your life prematurely. That is why God gave you free will instead of a gay gene."
A complete lack of respect for the LGBT community shouldn't be hidden behind arguments about the separation of church and state.