Missouri college could lose Baptist funding

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2003

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) The executive board of the Missouri Baptist Convention voted to end financial support for William Jewell College because it takes no decisive stand against homosexuality.

The state Baptist convention in November will decide on the proposed cutback, which involves nearly $1 million a year or 3 percent of the college budget.

College President David Sallee said ''financially it's not going to be an easy thing to absorb'' but ''we have anticipated this and made adjustments in the budget.''

Baptists have admonished the college for allowing a production of ''The Vagina Monologues,'' a play about women's sexuality. They also asked whether the school would require professors to teach the biblical account of creation, prohibit homosexual activity on campus and let the denomination name some trustees.

Sallee said a Christian college includes Christian faculty, traditions and values but ''stops short of telling people what to believe or teach.''

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