Shorter University in Georgia requiring employees to sign a “Personal Lifestyle Statement” rejecting homosexuality
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 31, 2011
Shorter University is requiring its more than 200 employees to sign a “Personal Lifestyle Statement” rejecting homosexuality.
Don Dowless, president of the Christian university in Rome, said anyone not signing the statement, which also requires staffers to reject premarital sex and adultery, faces termination.
“I think that anybody who adheres to a lifestyle that is outside of what the biblical mandate is and of what the board has passed, including the president, would not be allowed to continue here,” Dowless told Channel 2 Action News.
One person described as a longtime employee told GA Voice, a publication covering issues affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, that the new policy has some staffers fearful that a disgruntled co-worker could accuse another as being gay out of spite.
A student who didn’t want to be identified told Channel 2 that the university is judging others, contrary to what the Bible teaches.
New employees will have to sign the statement and existing employees will have to sign it to renew their contracts.