from Gay Activism in the Schools
Michael Knapp has conducted an educational campaign to counter the misinformation surrounding homosexuality to IU student leaders but is meeting resistance. He recounts his story below.
By Michael Knapp
I was a former resident assistant at Indiana University in 1995 and 1996. As a resident assistant, I was asked to participate in a two-day seminar during Gay Pride Week conducted by a homosexual panel. At the seminar we heard personal testimonies from practicing homosexuals. I don't remember the seminar in great detail. However, I do remember leaving the seminar believing that homosexuals were born gay, and that I needed to accept the lifestyle as if it were normal.
This October , I sent packets of information on the science behind homosexuality supporting the Christian worldview to more than 35 resident assistants at Indiana University Halls of Residence. Immediately after receiving the packets of information, I received two emails from the Halls of Residence staff. Robert Weith, the director wrote and told me to stop sending this type of information. I was told that the Department of Residence Life must approve all diversity programming.
The second email came from Bill Shipton. Bill is responsible for diversity programming within the Halls of Residence. Bill's response was the following: "Michael, I find the letter and CD very disturbing. I have no idea how you got hooked into this dangerous and bogus group [NARTH], but I find it insulting and factually outrageous." Bill also told me to cease from making any form of contact with him.
I was unable to ask Bill how it's culturally "diverse" to conduct seminars supporting a "gay gene" but refuse to review or even consider any solid scientific information supporting the Christian worldview.
Shortly after my contact with these individuals, I spoke with the head of a Christian organization on campus who would like to remain anonymous. He chooses to remain anonymous because of what may happen to his organization if he shares his viewpoints openly. This individual informed me that over the last 10 years it's become increasingly more difficult to have a platform for teaching Biblical truths on campus.
He informed me that there is this strong diversity push that's taking an "anti-hate" approach to pro-gay programming. They are preaching that any group that is not open to all beliefs shouldn't be allowed on campus. They feel Christianity isn't palatable. To say that homosexuality is a sin or that Jesus Christ is alive, is a closed minded and hateful belief system, according to their thinking. Therefore, organizations that teach such ideas should be silenced. He suggested that ministers who teach tolerance for homosexuality have more freedoms to do programming within the dormitories. Actually, ministers who teach that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality from a Biblical perspective have joined forces with the Halls of Residence to do pro-gay programming immediately upon a student's arrival at I.U.
This same mindset is flooding many of our institutions of supposedly "higher learning." If the door isn't already closed for the Christian worldview, it's quickly closing. We need to respond. The question is how.
Most universities across the country have a Campus Crusade or similar Christian organization. These organizations are prefect training-grounds for teaching our college age how to respond. If we can provide appropriate training to college ministers, small group leaders, etc., they may have more freedom to do presentations in dormitory settings. However, there is a huge lack of appropriate educational materials.
The staff at NARTH has resources that can help equip us with the correct tools to present the information effectively. I encourage everyone to contact universities in your area to find out where they stand. If anyone feels called to be involved in this type of ministry please contact me at the following locations.
Michael E. Knapp
2228 E. Mulberry St.
Evansville, IN 47714