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Christians should not be forced to fund a celebration of sin

By Scott Tibbs, April 28, 2008

On April 18, a number of men denied the biological sex given to them by God and dressed up as women. This event, referred to as the "Miss Gay IU Pageant" and presented by homosexual advocacy organizations, is clearly a celebration of the destructive sin of sodomy. The Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, is very clear on the nature of sexuality and how God views same-sex intimacy. Deuteronomy 22:5 is a direct condemnation of cross-dressing. The Bible calls same-sex intimacy an "abomination" in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. For New Testament examples, see Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Jude 1:6-7 and 1 Timothy 1:9-11.

This is not new, as this event has been taking place for many years. What is also not new is that all Indiana University students, including Christians, are forced to contribute financially to the "Miss Gay IU Pageant" through their student activity fees that are due upon registration for classes. Not content with simply having the pageant, the organizers of "Miss Gay IU" force the event on everyone else.

As a Christian, I will point out what God's Word says about sodomy. As an American citizen, I do not have a problem with the event existing. If OUT and other organizations wish to flaunt this particularly destructive sin, they should be free to do so without interference from government or the university. What they do not have the right to do is force others to contribute financially. Christian students who believe in Biblical sexual morality should not be forced to contribute to a "pageant" that is highly offensive to their beliefs and is condemned by their religion.

This community is very tolerant of sexual sin and there is more than enough support for "Miss Gay IU" for it to be completely funded through private donations. In the 1990's, the homosexual student center was funded completely through private donations after the state legislature got involved to prevent Indiana University from funding it directly. It is long past time for IUSA to embrace tolerance and stop forcing all students to fund "Miss Gay IU".

Update: This letter was published in the June 5, 2008 edition of the Indiana Daily Student.