Published October 31, 2011
A private Georgia university is reportedly requiring its employees to sign a statement indicating they are not gay or face termination.
Shorter University, a private Christian university in Rome, Ga., is forcing its 200 employees to sign a "personal lifestyle statement" rejecting pre-martial sex, adultery and homosexuality or risk getting fired, WSB-TV reports.
"Our goal is not to offend people," Don Dowless, the school's president, told the station. "Our goal is to declare who we are."
Dowless said if employees indicate a preference for any sexual activity "not agreeable with the Bible," they will be terminated.
"I think that anybody who adheres to a lifestyle that is outside of what the Biblical mandate is -- what the board has passed, including the president -- would not be allowed to continue here," he told the station.
Dowless reportedly says the pledge is legal because the private university does not receive any federal funding.
Some Shorter University students, however, claim the requirement is a form of discrimination.
"Who is one person to judge what somebody else does?" said one student, who spoke anonymously to the station. "It's none of their business."
Students are reportedly not being asked to sign the pledge.