You've probably never heard of Shorter University, a private Christian school in Rome, Georgia that is linked to the Southern Baptist Convention, but their administration is in trouble for making the institution's 200 employees sign a "Personal Lifestyle Statement" stating that they renounce homosexuality, premarital sex, and adultery, or face termination.
Shorter's president, Don Dowless, said:
"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. Anything outside that is not biblical, we do not accept. We have a right to hire only Christians."
Students are not required to sign the statement, but a few of them, along with former faculty members, were so embarrassed by, and opposed to, the loyalty oath — which also states that staffers must not consume alcohol in the presence of students, or promote alcohol in any way — that they started a petition to abolish the lifestyle pledge.
Dowless points out that other Christian universities require their employees to sign a similar lifestyle statement as well, and that the policy is legal, since Shorter doesn't receive federal funding. He may think that his brand of sexual politics is an "affirmation of our Christ-centered mission," but he just comes off looking like another clueless bigot giving Christianity a bad name.