Sorry to disappear on you for awhile. After the lawsuit threat and the ensuing round of media about the blog, the three of us decided to take an emotional health break to enjoy the holidays.
But we’re back! And we have a lot to catch up on. For example, a few weeks ago, the BBC interviewed us, and they also interviewed Michael Farris.
“There’s no doubt that people are in patterns of living and patterns of thinking that is generally described as a homosexual orientation,” Farris said. “There’s no doubt that some students will come through here that are tempted in that direction. But you can’t tell the truth in the admissions process, and can’t tell the truth relative to the student covenant and the statement of faith that we require of all students, and also believe that homosexuality is anything other than a sin.”
Listen to the rest of it here. We’ll be posting the full transcript and a response later.
And in the December update of the alumni newsletter, PHC President Graham Walker wrote this:
Dear PHC Alumni,
It’s always interesting and sometimes disturbing when your alma mater is much in the news. What with articles in the Loudoun Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Washington Post, all characterized by a generally hostile tone, it’s hard not to be a little concerned.
It seems that many of the writers can scarcely believe that a community could exist in our day that still believes what Christians have believed for two thousand years about the good, the true, and the beautiful as they apply to sexuality. But PHC has always been clear about where we stand as an institution. Even apart from our PHC Standards and Honor Code, our commitment to the inerrant Bible would be enough, by itself, to make our position evident.
As you may know, Patrick Henry is not alone in dealing with controversy along these lines. Lots of Christian colleges are dealing with the same thing right now. There are a number of new campus-aimed blog sites, all arising at about the same time, all targeting conservative or Christian campuses, and all deploying more or less the same rhetorical strategy. All these sites display a peculiar synchrony of message and method and timing.
I’m keeping in touch with your incoming Alumni Association President, Daniel Noa, to keep him informed and get his advice. I anticipate that the media coverage will blow over soon, since there really isn’t a story here. But regardless of whether it does or doesn’t, please be assured that PHC will calmly maintain its principles. I aim to extend love and good will even to those who may think of themselves as our enemies. I think of them as potential friends.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
President, Patrick Henry College
In related news, Patrick Henry College’s Marvin Olasky recently interviewed Dr. Rosaria Butterfield, a pastor’s wife and Purcellville resident who identifies as a former lesbian. The interview is part of Olasky’s Newsmakers Interview Series. David Weintraub at Equality Loudoun had a few good thoughts to share about orientation and individual choices in light of Butterfield’s interview.
You can watch the full interview here. We are mulling over our response now.