Senior Sean Lewis wanted to start a discussion group focusing on gay themes at Point Loma Nazarene University. He told Channel10Newsthat he was motivated to take this step because he and other openly gay students often felt unwelcome on campus, telling reporter Michael Chen, “I’ve gotten messages on Facebook … warning me that I’m going to hell”.
University Vice President Caye Smith called Lewis into a meeting and informed him that a charter for the group could not be granted:
“It would be problematic for us to charter any group that would be contrary to the positions of the Church of the Nazarene,” said Smith.
“We’re not asking you to violate a belief system; we’re asking you to treat students … like people,” said Lewis.
Supporters of the group have started a petition drive that’s drawn the support of national gay groups, including the Gay & LesbianAlliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).