CCU Denies Access Request of Gay Activism Group
Members of the Colorado Christian University administration have
denied a recent request by leaders of the Soulforce Equalityride (SFER) to visit
the Lakewood Main Campus during the week of April 15-19th, 2012. SFER seeks to
create "conversation, and spiritual and academic sharing" by bringing Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people to especially Christian
college campuses around the nation since 2006.
CCU often hosts
lectures, discussions, symposia and debates that include opinions different from
those of the University itself. It is, however, the prerogative of the
University to determine what events, activities, people, and groups may have
access to the campus and for what purposes. SFER does not negotiate for the date
of their visit but rather announces to each college selected for its tour what
date they will arrive on campus.
In 2006 CCU allowed SFER on campus
for a day of sharing of views on the LGBTQ issues. The fact that the day
consumed many hours of work on the administration's part in preparation of the
visit, that the University is committed to its conservative evangelical stance
on the homosexual issue, and the pervasiveness of the LGBTQ point of view in
popular culture affords students the opportunity to learn about the group's
worldview in other ways, led the University to pass on programming another day
on campus this year. CCU is committed to the scriptural interpretation that God
created human beings to show forth God's image as male and female in
relationship and the biblical ideal is the expression of sexuality within a
heterosexual, lifelong, monogamous union.
In the past, colleges that
have not engaged in the Soulforce visit have been subjected to demonstration by
the group. The University is currently making plans to secure the campus for the
week of the proposed visit in April.