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Josh Ritter Protests Pa. College’s Gay Policy

Tuesday May 7, 2013

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter says he won't play a central Pennsylvania Christian college again unless it changes its policy against "homosexual behavior."

Ritter made the announcement on Facebook hours after playing a Friday night concert at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., southwest of Harrisburg.

Messiah students and staff have to sign a "community covenant" promising to avoid homosexual behavior and premarital sex.

Ritter calls the policy exclusionary and bigoted. He says he's donating his fee to an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services.

Messiah spokeswoman Beth Lorow says the administration is disappointed that Ritter is speaking in favor of tolerance but isn't applying those principles to their religious freedoms.

Ritter talked about the policy during the show. Lorow says his comments on stage weren't as harsh as his Facebook posting.

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  • WayGay, 2013-05-07 15:00:05

    It’s a Christian college. Clearly homosexuality is only accepted in their priesthood.

  • , 2013-05-07 17:28:33

    " the administration is disappointed that Ritter is speaking in favor of tolerance but isn’t applying those principles to their religious freedoms." So we should tolerate religious people condemning and discriminating against others or we get judged for not being tolerant? That is priceless. Is there no end to religious lunacy, flawed logic and their desire to claim victimhood? Give me a fucking break.

  • gdhamf, 2013-05-07 23:35:37

    Your religious freedom ends where my civil rights begin, you see he is free to tell this school that he will not work (play concerts) for them

  • Wayne M., 2013-05-08 17:53:54

    Discriminating against others is not a religious freedom. One can never tolerate any kind of discrimination or bigotry, however bigots wish to mask it. Clearly, Josh Ritter is far more Christian in his actions than the so-called "Christian" college.

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