Author?s note: The president of the University of Georgia is also named Mike Adams. We are not related.
Dear President Adams (phone # 706.542.1214):
I was recently informed about a possible case of religious discrimination against a (now former) cheerleading coach at the University of Georgia (UGA). Before I ask you a few questions about that case, I have several preliminary questions regarding the gay ?safe zone? at UGA. My questions pertain specifically to the ?safe space? portion of your public university website (http://www.uga.edu/safespace/), which has a subsection entitled ?religion and homosexuality.?
The UGA website claims that the ?Old Testament clearly indicates that King David had a homosexual relationship with Jonathan, the son of King Saul.? Could you explain the basis of that contention?
The UGA website claims that ?the Hebrew Old Testament clearly documents a homosexual relationship between the prophet Daniel and a man named Ashpenaz, and indicates that God put Daniel into that relationship.? Could you explain the basis of that contention? Is the university website accurately characterizing the will of God?
The UGA website claims that ?much to the embarrassment of the Vatican, the catholic theologian Boswell has uncovered proof that, up until the fourteenth century, the church was routinely performing wedding ceremonies for same-sexed couples.? Will UGA?s state-sponsored campaign for same-sexed marriage continue in light of the recent rejection of same-sexed marriage by Georgia voters? Isn?t it now a moot point?
The UGA website claims that there was ?no organized opposition to homosexuality? either from the church or from society until the thirteenth century. What does that mean? When do you suppose that the Bible was written? When did opposition to internet pornography first emerge? Do you understand the relevance of my question to the present conversation?
The UGA website claims that ?King James, who ordered the English translation of the Bible, which bears his name, was a homosexual, a fact of which the translators were well aware.? Could you provide a source for this contention and explain its relevance?
The UGA website claims that ?there is absolutely no condemnation of homosexuality in the Hebrew Old Testament.? Was that a misprint or is the author of that statement actually serious?
The UGA website claims that ?there is absolutely no condemnation of homosexuality in the Greek New Testament.? Was that a misprint or is the author of that statement actually serious?
The UGA website claims that ?all English translations (of the Bible) have been deliberately mistranslated to make it appear that God condemned homosexuality.? How many people were involved in that conspiracy? How long did it last? Is it still in effect?
The UGA website claims that the idea that Sodom and Gomorrah ?were destroyed for homosexuality is a man-made notion that is unsupported by scriptures.? Was that a misprint or is the author of that statement actually serious?
The UGA website claims that ?The Greek New Testament, while not condemning homosexuality, does forbid people to attempt to alter their sexual orientation.? Could you give me the relevant Bible verse for that assertion?
The UGA website claims that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality ?as a sexual orientation.? Does it say anything about bestiality as a sexual orientation? How about pedophilia as a sexual orientation?
Why does the UGA website (quoting the story of the woman caught in adultery) end with the words ?let him (who is without sin) be the first to throw a stone at her?? The reference provided is John 8:3-11. The end of the passage is actually ?From now on sin no more.? Was that an accident or did the university omit that last verse on purpose? Is such a misrepresentation an example of academic freedom? Or is it just liberal propaganda?
The UGA website states that ?Jesus himself never married not (sic) had children. Other parts of the Bible simply can?t be forced into the ?family values? obsession of the Fundamentalists.? Was this meant to mock Fundamentalists? Shouldn?t their sexual orientation be respected, too? Is it nice to call Fundamentalists ?obsessed?? This statement was not implying that Jesus was gay?or was it?
The UGA website states that ?The Book of Ruth sensitively portrays bonding and devotion between two women.? Does that mean that Ruth was a lesbian, too?
I ask you these questions because I would like to get a sense of the university?s official positions on religious matters. Of course, you may point out that no one was coerced into reading these materials, which are highly offensive to most Christians. You might even point out that the expression of these views by university personnel, even on a taxpayer supported website, does not constitute an endorsement of religion by the University of Georgia.
But be careful how you answer these questions, President Adams. I have some more questions about your former cheerleading coach. I look forward to your timely response.