The latest to experience the warm and fuzzy hospitality of “inclusive” secularism is Gordon College, a private liberal arts college located in quaint Wenham, Massachusetts.
Like many Christian colleges, Gordon College requires its students to agree to a set of behavioral standards while they attend the school. Students are expected to refrain from “blasphemy, profanity, dishonesty, theft, drunkenness, sexual relations outside marriage, and homosexual practice,” and the college has plainly stated that these actions “will not be tolerated in the lives of Gordon community members, either on or off campus.”
The prohibition against “homosexual practice” led the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prominent accreditation organization in the region, to investigate whether its own standards of accreditation have been violated by Gordon College’s behavioral code, which at least some in the NEASC feel are discriminatory.
On Sept. 18, NEASC met with officials from Gordon College to discuss its prohibition on homosexual sex, and the resulting report from that meeting indicates that Gordon College will spend 12–18 months reviewing its policies to ensure they are consistent with NEASC’s Standards of Accreditation. The truth of the matter is, however, that Gordon College’s standards must either change to accommodate behavior the college believes is sinful and in opposition to its stated Christian mission or the school will risk losing its accreditation from NEASC.