“A Christian university in California will no longer prohibit homosexual relationships on campus, and has agreed to student activists’ demands to create a campus ‘safe space’ for LGBT students.
Azusa Pacific University (APU) teaches almost 10,000 students per year in an environment it claims ‘affirms the supremacy of Christ in all areas of life.’ But the student newspaper Zu Media reports that the school has removed language from its Student Standards of Conduct prohibiting homosexual relationships on campus…
Associate Dean of Students Bill Fiala explaining that the revised text ‘creates one standard for all undergraduate students, as opposed to differential standards for different groups.’ He claimed the change didn’t change APU’s ‘identity as a Christian institution’ or its ‘conservative, evangelical perspective on human sexuality.’
APU’s Office of Student Life (OSL) and Student Government Association (SGA) also worked together to create a pilot program legitimizing the Haven group and providing an on-campus ‘safe space’ for homosexual, bisexual, and gender-confused students.
‘Our values for the pilot program are inclusivity, love, bravery. Our goals are care, connection and conversation. These all seem like Christian values to me,’ Fiala continued. ‘I believe that our program’s mission is alignment with the values of the university in caring for students and creating conversation about difficult topics.’
The dean gave no indication that helping students overcome homosexual attraction or gender confusion would be part of the program, instead articulating a decidedly more secular interpretation of love.
‘I’m not a big fan of who’s right and who’s wrong in this conversation, I’m a big fan of caring for people,’ he said.”