Major Christian Seminary Allows LGBT Club on Campus

| by Michael Allen
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Christian seminaries provide advanced religious training for students to become pastors, missionaries or work in other types of Christian service positions.

One well-known seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, has shocked many Christians by allowing, but not endorsing, a pro-LGBT club "OneTable" on campus.

According to The Huffington Post, the club has about three dozen members. OneTable was founded by Nick Palacios, an openly-gay student at Fuller.

"It quickly became apparent to me that I was going to be okay and that I wasn't going to have to forsake my faith for my sexuality," said Palacios. "I really hope that people will see Fuller and OneTable as a model of what the body of the church is supposed to do in this situation."

Fuller students can "come out" as homosexuals, but cannot have sex or challenge the school's policy on homosexuality, which says it is "inconsistent with the teachings of scripture."

Fuller also teaches that "sexual abstinence is required for the unmarried" and marriage is only for one man and one woman.

"It's possible to change any or all of these attractions," said Rev. Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, which opposes Fuller's tolerance of the gay people.

LGBT groups have not fared as well at other Christian schools. The "Biola Queer Underground" was banned by Biola University in LaMirada, California.

However, the group has not given up. The Biola Queer Underground is planning to protest Biola's policy on homosexuality, which some students call a climate of fear and shame.

Source: The Huffington Post