By Scott Tibbs, April 23, 2009
It is unfortunate that the "Miss Gay IU" pageant has been is organized annually for two decades to celebrate the sin of sodomy, which is strongly condemned throughout Scripture. For examples, see Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Jude 1:6-7 and 1 Timothy 1:9-11. Furthermore, cross-dressing is prohibited by Deuteronomy 22:5. In a free society, it is necessary to tolerate a wide range of speech and conduct that many people find offensive, so OUT should be allowed to hold the event without interference from the university.
OUT and IUSA should show the same tolerance to all students. The main problem with "Miss Gay IU" is that all students are forced to subsidize the event though the mandatory Student Activity Fee. This means Christians who hold to Biblical sexual morality are nonetheless forced to fund an event that is in direct opposition to the core doctrinal principles of the Christian faith. This is nothing new, because "Miss Gay IU" has been funded by IUSA for many years now.
This community is very tolerant of sexual immorality, and "Miss Gay IU" draws a large number of people paying $10 each. OUT could easily fund "Miss Gay IU" through private donations, so there is no need for all students to be forced to fund the event, regardless of what those students believe and what faith those students hold. Either IUSA should cease funding "Miss Gay IU" or OUT should voluntarily agree to fund the event through private donations rather than mandatory student fees.
Those who are tempted by same sex intimacy and those tempted to rebel against the sex that God assigned in the womb can find freedom from the same source that has freed many others from a multitude of other sins great and small. The shed blood of Jesus Christ serves as a substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind, because Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for His creation. By repenting of your sin and trusting Christ, you can be free from the bondage of sin and death and become a new creature in the Lord.