As a “Wheatie,” I urge us to make no mistake about the fact that it is the culture and theology of conservative white evangelicalism which breeds the type of hatred spewed by the Wheaton College student who attacked another student just for being an ally, and who later labeled the victim as an “enemy.”
This type of bigotry and hatred is part of the fabric of Wheaton College and white evangelicalism, but it doesn’t always manifest as overtly as it did on the day of the apple throwing incident.
Sometimes it’s manifested through smaller slights and indignities.
HOWEVER, other times it’s manifested through deadly violence.
Other times, and this has happened at Wheaton College, it drives tortured souls to commit suicide.
This is not just about one bigoted kid who physically assaulted another kid. This is a systemic issue that requires radical structural changes to the institution. If Wheaton does not make structural changes to affirm the humanity of LGBT students, then #ShutItDown. #MyWheaton
A student at a prominent evangelical college questioned his school’s stance against homosexuality in an all-school forum on Monday, and another student threw an apple at him “as a warning against insulting the Spirit of grace.”
The incident, which college administrators are now addressing, took place on Monday at Wheaton College, Billy Graham’s alma mater outside Chicago, during the campus’ traditional “Town Hall Chapel,” a campuswide question and answer session where the college president, currently Philip Ryken, takes questions from the student body. Wheaton holds marriage to be between one man and one woman, and requires students and faculty to uphold that sexual ethic. Christian colleges such as Wheaton have been at the center of the evangelical fight over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) acceptance, especially as younger generations grow increasingly more accepting on issues such as same-sex marriage.
The most recent conflict began when Philip Fillion, a class…
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