You may have never heard of Shorter University, but I guarantee, you will. The small university with a student population of 1500 in Georgia has been trying to stem the tide of exiting faculty, outraged over the institution’s new contract.
This Baptist university is requiring faculty to sign a lifestyle pledge that condemns homosexuality, premarital sex, adultery, drug use and public drinking near the campus, not to mention a commitment to join a local church.
Over 50 faculty have resigned so far, and an anonymous survey indicates only 12 percent plan to stay.
But the move underscores some of the injustices still on the books in the state of Georgia. For instance, it is not against the law to discriminate against gays in that state where the constitution also bans same sex marriage.
As for the administration of Shorter University, their stance is that the school commit itself to the “teachings of Jesus of Christ” in a very public way.