South Carolina College Bans Homosexuality in the Name of God

Erskine College had two volleyball players come out as gay and decided to bible up.

Last year we featured the stories of Drew Davis and Juan Varona, two gay Erskine College volleyball players who had found acceptance from their teammates in the small school in rural South Carolina. After we wrote about them the team went on to the NCAA tournament, one of only six teams in the country to appear in the postseason.

Now Erskine College has issued a new official statement that is expected to drive a no-gays policy at the school and create an atmosphere where LGBT people do not feel safe:

Christ affirms that marital union is to be between a man and woman (Matt 19:4-6). The Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage (1 Thes. 4:3-5, Col. 3:5-7). Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).

We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.

Ok, fair enough. But if they’re going to start using the bible to set college policy, shouldn’t they start banning tattoos, punishing unkempt hair, and suspending anybody wearing clothing made from two different fabrics?

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

From The Guardian:

A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists.

The body of Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was found covered in blood after the attack which also left his wife critically wounded.

“He died as he was brought to the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded. She has lost a finger,” local police chief Sirajul Islam said.

The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them onto a sidewalk before striking them with machetes, local media reported citing witnesses.

De Blasio to end Metzitzah consent forms

WTF?

The de Blasio administration will do away with the policy that required a mohel to obtain a written consent form from parents before performing Metzitzah B’Peh, the circumcision ritual that involves the mohel sucking blood from the wounded penis.

The city’s health department has for years linked the practice to neonatal herpes, citing four cases in 2014.

But the consent forms, which were put in place in 2012, offended members of certain Orthodox Jewish sects who rejected the link and found the forms to be an impingement on their religious freedom.

During the campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to address the consent form and find a new way that respected religious freedom.

In exchange for abandoning the consent forms, the coalition of rabbis negotiating with City Hall agreed that if a baby is diagnosed with HSV-1, the community would identify the mohel in question and ask him to undergo testing. If the mohel tests positive for HSV-1, the city’s health department will test the DNA of the strain to see if it matches the infant’s.

Saudi Men Detained for Dancing at Birthday Party

Lovely:

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s morality police detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors, according to a state-linked media report.

The news website Ayn al-Youm reported Saturday that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice raided a private property in the city of Buraydah, arresting the men inside for “loud music and inappropriate dancing.”

Buraydah is the provincial capital of Saudi Arabia’s Qassim province, which is home to some of the kingdom’s most conservative clerics, who practice a strict interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism.

ISIS Release Pictures of ‘un-Islamic’ Instruments Being Burned

So Muhammad hates percussion and brass?

The pictures, which have been released by ISIS’ ‘media wing’, show a line of armed soldiers watching a fire burn what appears to be a variety of drums and saxophones.

An accompanying message with the pictures states: “Hesbah seized these un-Islamic musical instruments in the state of Warqa.” They were burnt “in accordance with Islamic law”.

It’s not the first time that musical instruments have been the target of ISIS’ attention. A faction of the group in Syria was recently filmed beating a group of musicians and destroying their instruments.

Christian Doctor Refuses Treatment of Same-Sex Couple’s Baby

A Christian doctor refuses to provide care for a lesbian couple’s baby and sends them this letter informing them why:

The letter read:

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that i would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”

“We do not keep prenatal information once we have our meetings so I had no way to contact you.”

She apologizes, saying, “I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.”

FOX 2 contacted Roi who said that she could not comment, citing patient privacy laws.

As it turns out, Roi has free choice too – the American Medical Association says physicians cannot refuse to care for patients based on sexual orientation, but doctors can refuse treatment if it’s incompatible with their personal, religious or moral beliefs.

This is probably for the best. I wouldn’t want a person who talks to their imaginary friend to be in charge with anybody I love’s health.