College basketball season is over, but Brittney Griner is still making news. Griner was a Baylor basketball star and now plays in the WNBA. Apparently Griner’s coaches at Baylor told her to keep quiet about her homosexuality. It makes me so sad to think that she was forced to hide part of her identity.
Here is Baylor’s statement on human sexuality – the bold font is my way of drawing emphasis to parts:
Baylor University welcomes all students into a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss and learn about a variety of issues, including those of human sexuality. The University affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God. Christian churches across the ages and around the world have affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm. Temptations to deviate from this norm include both heterosexual sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.
The University encourages students struggling with these issues to avail themselves of opportunities for serious, confidential discussion, and support through the Spiritual Life Office … or through the Baylor University Counseling Center….
Okay – so, Baylor affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality and therefore concludes that single people shouldn’t have sex and marriage should only be between a faithful husband and wife. If the folks at Baylor are such fans of following the Bible closely, shouldn’t men have multiple wives? Shouldn’t daughters get their father drunk and have sex with them? Shouldn’t a father put his daughters out to be gang-raped? Because these things happen in the Bible as well.
And based on the Bible, shouldn’t children be sold into slavery? Shouldn’t people be punished for mixing different fabrics? Shouldn’t men be prohibited from shaving the corners of their beards? Shouldn’t children who curse their parents be put to death? Shouldn’t one be cut off from the community for working on Saturday? Because the Bible says all these things too.
Baylor, if you want to be homophobic, own it. But don’t blame it on the Bible.
And if you do continue to be homophobic, I hope talented student-athletes and students choose schools other than Baylor, schools that will appreciate them for all that they are.