Following the NYC Pride March, our petition now has 1,210 signatures. As we have seen recently, public statements and calls for persecuting or killing gay people that are very similar Bob Jones III's 1980 statement are still being made from fundamentalist pulpits. We have a lot of trouble understanding how people who believe in God's grace would also feel compelled to spread such a hateful, violent message. An apology from Bob Jones III would do a lot to tone down the rhetoric within fundamentalism.
It is quite possible to have theological disagreements without resorting to the rhetoric of violence and the language of hatred and fear. In this petition, we aren't asking BJU to change its theology, but we are asking the university to apologize and to change its rhetoric. We will be closing this petition soon and delivering it to Bob Jones University. Please share with your families and friends.