The PresidentÂ of a Christian college says his school is happy to support LGBT homeless youth, but not an LGBT homeless youthÂ non-profit because of its “advocacy” stance.
Andrews University is the largest evangelical Christian institution of higher learning in Michigan and the first in the nation started by theÂ Seventh-day Adventist Church.Â It boasts over 3400 students, an endowment reported at more than $26 million, and a history that began in 1874, in Battle CreekÂ â€“ the same town where John H. Kellogg, also aÂ Seventh-day Adventist, founded a sanitarium and the company that today is best know for making Corn Flakes.
Andrews, headed by PresidentÂ Niels-Erik Andreasen, has a challenging relationship with the LGBT community.Â
Recently, students decided to hold a bake sale to help LGBT homeless youth. AULL4One, the college’s unofficial gay-straight allianceÂ â€“ unofficial because Andrews is a Christian evangelical universityÂ â€“ chose as the beneficiary of the bake sale a non-profit named ProjectÂ Fierce Chicago.
But Andrews, even though they do not recognizeÂ AULL4One as an official student group and do not allow them to advertise on campus their meetings or events, had another idea.
David Ferguson at Raw Story reports that Andrews has forbidden the students to hold the bake sale benefitting LGBT homeless youth “because to do so would ‘conflict’ with the universityâ€™s ‘mission and practices.'”
Steve Yeagley, Andrews’ Dean of Student Life, in an email sent toÂ AULL4One’s Eliel Cruz and published by Blue Nation Review and Raw Story, explained the university’s decision.
â€œI think the most helpful thing I can do is to draw your attention to the fundraising policy found in the Student Handbook. It simply states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations â€˜whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.â€™ I think the judgment in this case is that there may be a perceived conflict between the mission and practices of Andrews University and those of Fierce Chicago â€” certainly not in their efforts to aid homeless youth, but in their approach to the LGBT issue, at large.â€
What is their approach?
Fierce Chicago’s website says their “aim is to become a largely self-sustaining community,” and they “will provide transitional housing for 8-10 LGBTQ young people ages 18-25, for an initial term of one year.”
Apparently that’s a bit too radical for Andrews and for its President,Â Niels-Erik Andreasen.
Andrews spokespersonÂ Becky St. Clair toldÂ The New Civil Rights Movement by telephone that PresidentÂ Andreasen crafted a statement in response to news reports. That statement says that “Andrews University recognizes the special challenges facing LGBT youth and believes that efforts to help them are worthy.”
But Andreasen, who reportedlyÂ had a hand in canceling the bake sale, also states the school’s “objection” to the fundraiser is due to Fierce Chicago’s “advocacy.”
“Andrews University has declined a student request to officially endorse a fundraising effort to raise money for an organization that may have a perceived LGBT advocacy role,”Â Andreasen’s statement reads. Even though AULL4One went through proper channels, and even got an official student group, Campus Ministries, to sponsor the event, withoutÂ the school’s official endorsement the event has to be canceled.
Andreasen adds, “our objection was not to the worthy goal of serving LGBT homeless youth and their transitional housing needs but to the perceived advocacy stance of the proposed organization.”
On the school’s Facebook page last fall appears a photo (above) of Pres.Â Andreasen holding a sign that reads, “Live United.” He is quoted in that post saying,Â “Doing good things together is better: Live united.”
AULL4One has decided to move forward. Their original goal for the bake sale was to raise $2000. Instead, they have sent up an Indiegogo fundraising page that currently has taken in nearly $5000.Â
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‘Flashback Much?’: Senator Mocked for Saying IG Report Made Him Feel Like He Had ‘Dropped Acid’
“About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
A prominent Republican Senator is getting his own special due process on social media after using his precious time to question U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz by saying reading the 434 page report on the FBI’s Russia investigation was like dropping acid.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted to Horowitz on Wednesday that he had not finished reading the lengthy document but was about 70 percent done. He also appeared to be trying to make the infractions about FISA warrants committed by FBI agents to be seen as unprecedented and historically offensive, in an attempt to serve President Donald Trump by damaging the reputation of the FBI.
“About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave,” Sen. Kennedy announced. “About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
Someone can be heard laughing in the background.
Here’s John Kennedy comparing reading government documents to dropping acid, for some reason pic.twitter.com/EzQCLwvW32
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Kennedy chose to focus on the misconduct by the FBI agents instead of on the actual investigation, which the Inspector General found to be warranted: that is, opening up the Russia probe to determine not only how Putin and his cronies attacked the U.S. election but to what extent any Trump campaign officials may have been involved.
The Louisiana Republican Senator was not done. He made clear someone would have to pay for the misdeeds.
Apparently it would not matter to Kennedy who.
“I hope you’ll tell your colleagues at the FBI that we appreciate their work, but this has got to be fixed. At minimum someone’s got to be fired,” he announced.
Many were perplexed and shared their concerns about Sen. Kennedy on social media.
So far in his line of questioning, Sen. John Kennedy has:
-complimented IG on the durability of his kidneys
-said he (Kennedy) thinks he might have dropped acid
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— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
If you’ve listened to U.A. Senator John Kennedy of late you’d also think that he’s dropped acid, more than once.
— Rabbi Jacob Herber (@rjherber) December 11, 2019
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He was caught reminiscing during the senate hearing today,
“I thought I had dropped acid” he said with astonishment
— Dave Stancliff (@AsItStands63) December 11, 2019
— Thicky Ricardo- DRY wit not a DIMwit (@MsSmartie2u) December 11, 2019
Sen. Krazy Kennedy just said he ‘thought he’d dropped acid” in some context.
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— Laffy (@GottaLaff) December 11, 2019
— T (@jnaneswari1) December 11, 2019
Senator Kennedy felt like he dropped acid? pic.twitter.com/A1LM63iPJ4
— Ardie (@Ardie85854079) December 11, 2019
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Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
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“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
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— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
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