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Missouri College Refuses to Re-enroll Student Who Came Out as Gay Since He 'Misused God's Gift'


Chase Martinson was halfway through his studies at Hannibal-LaGrange University when health issues forced him to take a break. When he reapplied the school said it wouldn't accept him.

Why? Because during the time he was on a break, he came out as a gay man.

The Riverfront Times reports:

Martinson reapplied to Hannibal-LaGrange, a small school about 120 miles north of St. Louis, a few months ago, quickly getting an acceptance letter and even a note saying he was eligible for the honors program. Everything was on track -- until the next letter came, putting his application on hold:

"Admittance is open to academically and morally qualified students," the school wrote Martinson on March 4. "Admission is open to students who are in agreement with the HLGU Student Life Guidelines."

The school directed Martinson to pages 20and 27 of the student-life guidelines, where the school's sexual impropriety rules are spelled out. Both pages explicitly forbid "homosexual activities." Page 27 even prohibits appearing to be gay.

"I just wanted to be me, and I never had any idea this would happen," Martinson tells Daily RFT. "I thought I was already in, but then they send me this letter saying, 'Just kidding.'"

The school's policy suggests that Martinson 'misused God's gift:

"It is God's intent that heterosexual union is the only acceptable expression of sexuality and must be reserved for marriage," says the school's standard of sexual conduct. "This expression of a self-giving love is viewed as a gift from God. All members of the University community should abstain from behavior which may lead to a violation of God's standards on sexual activities.

The school lists homosexuality -- along with sexual abuse, sexual harassment, incest and sexual assault -- as "misuses of God's gift."

Martinson is enrolling at University of Missouri - St. Louis.

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  1. Too bad (the school is hopeless), you're better off withou them Chase and since education is about the truth, the real truths of life, they are unable to provide that for anyone. Run to the future, it is elsewhere.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 21, 2014 11:14:57 AM

  2. For the life of me I don't understand why any self-respecting gay person would want to support an anti-gay institution with their time, talent or treasure.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 21, 2014 11:16:38 AM

  3. A private Christian college has every right to hold students to whatever moral standards they see fit. He can attend a secular school where moral standards are no concern. I really think it is fascist to try and force private religious groups to support things against their conscience. Just go where you are wanted!

    Posted by: June | Mar 21, 2014 11:21:52 AM

  4. @June, they aren't "moral" standards. They are discrimination standards. But you are right, Christianist schools are allowed to legally discriminate.

    Political Christianity is not moral.

    Posted by: AKChris | Mar 21, 2014 11:25:51 AM

  5. This is what happens when you believe in magical beings. Tough luck kid, but if didn't see this coming when you applied to the school you need to learn to read the fine print.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Mar 21, 2014 11:29:57 AM

  6. Yes, June, they may do as they please, but do they have to make a statement that is judgemental and full of condemnation for people who do not believe as they do? No, they do not. A simple, neutral statement would suffice.

    This is why so many people are against Conservative Christians - not content with living their lives as they see fit, they cannot resist the temptation to denegrate others.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 21, 2014 11:30:02 AM

  7. You'd think that a Christian college would follow in the footsteps of Jesus and welcome anyone--especially those they believe to be sinners. What a joke Christianity is.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 21, 2014 11:30:26 AM

  8. "This expression of a self-giving love is viewed as a gift from God"

    I'm not sure what that even means, is it self-given or God-given? But nothing is a better example of self-giving love than coming out.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 21, 2014 11:32:15 AM

  9. This lie that Jesus accepted everyone without judgement really must stop. He ran the money changers out of the temple. He called the pharisees lying serpents and whitewashed tombs (clean on the outside but rotting on the inside). He told the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more...on and on.

    Posted by: June | Mar 21, 2014 11:36:31 AM

  10. I'd like to know if the school in question, although private, receives any federal funding at all. If so, that would make all the difference in my opinion of whether or not they can do what they please.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 21, 2014 11:36:43 AM

  11. UGH! They are an anti-gay private christian college!! I understand he was in the middle of his program but have some self-respect. Why in the world would you want to go there in the first place!!! Spend your HIGH tuition dollars at a place that welcomes you.

    Posted by: John | Mar 21, 2014 11:37:00 AM

  12. Dear June,

    Please read the Supreme Court Ruling "Bob Jones University Vs. The United States."

    Sure, they can discriminate as they wish. They just don't deserve a tax-exempt status. And that can be pretty pricey.

    Posted by: Jonnycakes | Mar 21, 2014 11:39:05 AM

  13. I highly doubt this school is receiving filthy lucre from the government. All Christian school already know that to maintain their standards they should steer clear of the Wild Beast eben if it is offering money.

    Posted by: June | Mar 21, 2014 11:42:53 AM

  14. Martinson should thank the bigots at that God-forsaken college, whose degree is not worth the paper it is printed on. He will be much better off at University of Missouri-Rolla.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 21, 2014 11:44:03 AM

  15. June is reprehensible, of course, but she's spot-on in her analysis of Jesus. Let's stop pretending that Christianity in it's truest form is anything more than a continuation of the vile, hate-filled dogma of the Old Testament. I would never attend or seek employment at a Christian university, school, or organization, and gay people who do, and then find themselves out of school or work, should stop talking about this "acceptance" they assumed they would have from Christianity.

    Posted by: Zell | Mar 21, 2014 11:48:14 AM

  16. JUNE - you're right about the Jesus stuff and people should realize it. There is no perfect religious leader, a fact perfectly well known to the Christian God since he is a the model of a petty mass murderer completely uninterested in the ridiculous notion of unconditional love.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 21, 2014 11:49:40 AM

  17. @June - I agree that a private Christian school can be as backwards as they want. What I don't agree with is them getting tax-free status... We, the taxpayers, give certain organizations tax-free status because they are suppose to be contributing to society in a positive way.

    If they want to be ignorant and bigots then they should pay full taxes like everyone else.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 21, 2014 11:50:53 AM

  18. "Morally qualified".......means what I say it means, said the Red Queen .

    Even Jesus would not be 'morally qualified ' for these tools.
    Anita Bryant and crazy old white dudes obviously rule their compound.
    But I find it astonishing that the State supports these fascists with a tax exemption.
    IRS, what the hell are you doing ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 21, 2014 11:57:06 AM

  19. Yes, everyone must stop this nonsense that Jesus was some type of moral guide. Jesus didn’t speak one word against slavery and SLAVERY IS NOT MORAL. The word of the Christian’s false god is VERY, and I do mean VERY pro slavery. But what can one expect from a book that presents fictional characters like Moses as real. You see the Bible lies through and through. As my example, and there are many, Moses never existed, there was never a mass exodus from Egypt. It’s all a lie, which means the Christians worship a false god, like the worshippers of Zeus or Thor. And to be fair, I apply this to the Muslims too.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Mar 21, 2014 12:00:35 PM

  20. did he think they were kidding when they wrote the whole "homosexuality will not be tolerated" thing into their charter? silly boy!

    i'm glad these "religious" groups are kicking out all the "sinners" - let's hope they don't realize what they're doing before they've kicked everyone out, and have disappeared.

    Posted by: northalabama | Mar 21, 2014 12:04:01 PM

  21. dude- they saved you the trouble of spending your money at a Hate college....now GO spend your education money at a school that WILL Appreciate YOU!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 21, 2014 12:04:13 PM

  22. They are free to discriminate but if they are in receipt of any public funding it should be immediately returned.

    Posted by: bkmn | Mar 21, 2014 12:08:04 PM

  23. My advice to Chase: Get yourself out of an environment where you are surrounded by ignorant people. College of all places should be an introduction to open minded, intelligent experiences. Look for a place to transfer your credits.

    That college is only protecting its brand image. They sell to people who aren't really interested in a real education but only want some vocational training or a place to spend four years without working.

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 21, 2014 12:09:08 PM

  24. "Self-giving love" = masturbation.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Mar 21, 2014 12:14:34 PM

  25. June what are you doing in here? Aren't you afraid Satan will take control of your browser?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 21, 2014 12:17:17 PM

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