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Arkansas University Blocks Gay Zine

Arkansas University Blocks Gay Zine


Students who tried to publish a gay-themed zine online were stymied when their Christian university blocked access to the website.

According to the Arkansas Times,The State of the Gay at Harding University contained anonymously written perspectives from current and former gay and lesbian students at Harding, a Church of Christ-affiliated institution that disapproves of homosexuality.

"It is part storytelling, part religious and political critique, and partly a manifesto of hope for Harding's future," the website proclaimed.

Originally slated to go live at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the site was activated ahead of schedule after news of it leaked around campus. Not long afterward, the university blocked access to it.

The school issued a statement explaining their reasons for blocking the site. "Harding University is a private Christian university whose mission and policies are rooted in biblical principles," it said. "All students are given a copy of the handbook and know about our mission and policies before their first day on campus. The student handbook states that the university holds to the biblical principle that sexual relationships are unacceptable to God outside the context of marriage and that sexual immorality in any form will result in suspension from the university."

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