A fine arts event at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida took a surprising turn when the entire event was abruptly canceled just hours before it was scheduled to take place. Here’s the full story.
The Anti-Gay Stance
Pensacola Christian College is well-known for its openly anti-gay stance, with discussions on the topic regularly taking place during chapel sessions and other college messages.
A Performance Was Planned
The King’s Singers, a highly talented group that has performed around the world, including for royalty and presidents, were scheduled to perform at the college’s fine arts event.
One Performer Was Gay
The event was mandatory for students to attend. However, students quickly discovered that one of the singers in the group openly identified as gay, and this information spread rapidly throughout the campus.
The Parents Shared Their Objections
Soon, parents of students who were required to attend the event began expressing their strong objections to their children being exposed to a group with an openly gay member.
The College Canceled the Event
The college administration, facing pressure from upset parents, ultimately decided to cancel the entire event.
The College Was Not Aware
This decision was not only made to appease the parents but also because the staff had not been aware that they had invited a performer who was openly gay to their Christian college.
All the Songs Were Checked
Additionally, the college had thoroughly vetted and approved each song that the King’s Singers were scheduled to perform, ensuring that nothing offensive or contrary to the college’s values would be included in their repertoire.
The Singers Were Already on Campus
Things turned ugly as the King’s Singers were already on campus, rehearsing for the event that they had been scheduled to perform at for months.
The Unexpected Cancellation
The sudden cancellation disrupted their plans and left the college community disappointed and questioning the decision.
Some Students Expressed Their Disappointment
Responding to the decision, some students and faculty members voiced their concerns and disappointment over the college’s decision.
It Undermines the Purpose of a Fine Arts Program
They argue that canceling the event undermines the purpose of a fine arts program, which aims to expose students to diverse artistic expressions and foster creativity.
Several Reddit users shared their thoughts on the incident. One Reddit user wrote, “It’s funny that they’ll pitch a fit over someone being gay, yet heretics, apostates, and infidels?”
“No problem, right?! The hypocrisy in justifying their pathetic oppression is disgusting. They made that choice because they think they can get away with it. After all, we’re just some minority.”
Questioning the Quality of Education
Another Redditor commented, “Makes me question the quality of education provided at this college, especially when it comes to critical thinking.”
It cracks me up and makes me sad at the same time that somehow people found a way to merge radicalized religious propaganda, censorship and oppression, and actual education together.”
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