The Advocate reports:
"I am in no way in favor of the mistreatment or abuse of homosexuals," Tim Perkins said in a statement made to student senators. "However, I am also called to in no way tolerate or promote sin in my own life or the lives of others." ... n a statement that Perkins made to senators Wednesday, he said the debate was not about whether homosexuality was a sin, but about discrimination. If discrimination means not allowing someone living in sin to hold office in a campus organization, Perkins said, then he believes "God has clearly called us to discriminate in such a manner."
It is interesting to note that there is widespread student support for prohibiting discrimination against gays - I don't know if it is overwhelming support, but it does appear to be strong support based upon the reports I have seen. This has serious implications for Jewell College, I think. If Perkins is right, then why do so many students disagree with him - doesn't that mean, from his perspective, that someone has failed those students in their religious and moral education? And if someone has failed them, might that "someone" not include Jewell College - suggesting that the Missouri Baptist Convention was right after all?
Then again, perhaps the failure occurred much earlier - in which case, the Missouri Baptist Convention should be worrying more about local churches and Sunday Schools, not William Jewell College. Or, maybe there was no failure - because the students are right in their desire to end discrimination against gays.