Witch hunt may cost gay Shorter librarian his job

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imageShorter University’s gay witch hunt on its north Georgia campus is working: Nearly 60 faculty members are leaving over the school’s ban on gay employees and now the gay librarian may get the ax, too. Michael Wilson, the 14-year tenured off-campus librarian at Shorter, came out to the Rome-News Tribune last week to call attention to his probably soon-to-be status as unemployed. Wilson is gay and when he signed the renewal of his recent employment contract – you know, the one that bans non-Christian, sex-outside-marriage gays and adulterers – he crossed out this piece:

“I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality.”
Snap! But the exclusion means Wilson is likely to loose his job. Nearly 60 other Shorter employees have resigned since the “lifestyle statement” was put in place last October, according to Save Our Shorter. The school won’t discuss the matter publicly, other than to say that their “love your job, hate the gays” policy will prompt some folks to choose to resign. Shorter President Donald Dowless (photo), who remains nonplussed by the national fuss over the witch hunt, offered yet another middle-finger salute to Wilson’s approach. “While we hate to lose members of our community, we wish them well,” Dowless tells Inside Higher Ed. Wilson took a softer approach, writing Dowless to express concern over his potential firing. “I genuinely care about the library, my students, and the well-being of the university, and I am concerned that my sudden departure would create hardship for all involved,” Wilson says in his letter.


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