College Tells Staff to Oppose Gay Marriage and Abortion or Quit

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By Kieran Corcoran | 5:51 am, May 2, 2017

A Christian college in North Carolina has demanded that every member of staff sign a statement agreeing with their stance on abortion and gay marriage or quit.

Montreat College asked more than 180 employees to agree to a set of pledges which includes opposition to abortion and to same-sex marriages.

Anybody who refuses to abide by the pledges has to leave the college.

The most contentious parts of the document are pledges to:

  • “Uphold the God-given worth of every human being, from conception to death” – i.e. to oppose abortion
  • “Affirm chastity among the unmarried and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman” – i.e. to oppose gay marriage

According to local news station WLOS, eight staff are leaving as a result. The college disputes this and says the correct figure is only two.

A number of other students have said they are thinking of transferring as well.

Montreat has an explicitly Christian mission statement, so it makes sense that its religious positions have a bearing on its curriculum and are potentially relevant to many of its courses.

But it’s unclear how a teacher’s convictions on the subject affect their ability to teach, say, cybersecurity, theater or music.

In a statement to the Associated Press, English teacher Corrie Greene said: “It says we must affirm and uphold the college’s specific spiritual stances in our full 24 hour/seven-day-a-week personal life. I can’t let somebody else write my personal testimony.”

In a statement the college claimed the new agreement was only formalizing what had always been college policy.