Ruthie Robertson, an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, refused to retract her supportive Pride Month post.
…She mentioned that the Bible’s book of Leviticus, which has verses often used to condemn homosexuality, also prohibits the wearing of garments made from two kinds of fabric, and teaches that women are unclean during their menstrual periods and for a time after childbirth.
“None of this is archaic, sexist, or totally illogical at all though, right?” Robertson wrote. “God commanded these things, so we need to make sure we make these into policies as well! What I’m trying convey is that we like to pick and choose from the scriptures, and if we choose to use the Old Testament as a defense for condemning homosexuality … there’s a whole lot more we need to be condemning as well.”
“This is my official announcement and declaration that I believe heterosexuality and homosexuality are both natural and neither is sinful,” she continued. “I will never support the phrase ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ because that ‘sin’ is part of who that person is. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins; if God made us, and those are part of who we are then God created that as well.”
Robertson, a lifelong Mormon and BYUI alum, added that the LDS Church has changed policies on other issues, so she hopes it will someday change its approach to LGBT people. “I will always and forever stand up for the equality of the LGBT community,” she concluded. “Sexuality and gender are not binary, they are on a spectrum and that’s how we were made. Stand up for humanity, love people because of who they are … not despite who they are. Trump can break the tradition of June being LGBT pride month, but I’m still going to celebrate it … this month and every month to follow. #LGBTPrideMonth.”
Good on ya, Professor. They can fire you but they shouldn’t be able to make you deny what is in your heart. Sounds like another university or college would do well to scoop you up.