|Posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM|
Hello fellow Biola Students!
We at the Biola Queer Underground want to explain our side of a complaint that we have heard among Biola students about our group. When we were first launched, a number of people who identified as homosexual strugglers contacted us and asked for the possibility of joining to discuss different views on homosexuality. When these people contacted us, we usually responded with something along the lines of “while we understand where you are at, we do not believe that our group will help you at this time”, and left it at that. That may not have been our best move, but we are all learning and growing in this process. We would like to address those people now more in depth and explain our responses further.
The first thing that we want to say is that we are very sorry if it seemed like we were blowing you off, or excluding you further from conversation. That is the last thing that we intended to do and we would never want to do that, as we know how painful being excluded can be. Hopefully this letter will explain a little more why we chose to respond the way we did, instead of being open to you joining us and meeting the group as a whole.
The main thing that steered our choice is that many of those who contact us seem to want to talk things out and figure out where they stand on the topic of LGBTQ identity. While we want to do that and believe that is very important, our exclusive group does not tend to debate biblical principles. The students who are involved in Underground tend to have very similar beliefs on biblical principles regarding homosexuality and transgender identity, so we when do get together to talk, we do not spend much time exploring those biblical passages and talking about them in depth. This is similar to how in upper division bible classes, there is not a lot of delving into the Biblical principles that were established in introductory classes. It is more of an underlying understanding. While this may change in the upcoming semesters, the students in BQU come to our group wanting affirmation, friendship and relationships with people who will not judge them, and simply love them where ever they are at.
Which brings me to our next point: BQU is not simply a place for those with same-sex attractions. Everyone in the group also believes that openly LGBTQ students should be allowed to attend Biola. If someone attended the group who believed we rightfully should be expelled, we would feel uncomfortable and the group would no longer be a safe and anonymous space for students to join. We do not want to make our group one of discomfort where either side feels like they have to hide their true feelings and beliefs.
I can promise you very strongly once again that none of our messages were sent out of malice or anger, and we in no way intended to alienate anyone, although we acknowledge that it might have happened. For that, we apologize and although we still stand by our decision to keep our group a safe place for our members. We are thinking through a few ideas about how to include a safe place for questioning, and will hopefully be enacting something in the next year. Best wishes to every Biola student, and we hope you all have an amazing semester.
The Biola Queer Underground