A Thrown Apple and Gay Rights at a Christian College

February 26, 2015

An article in Time details an unusual series of events adding to the debate over gay rights at Wheaton College, a Christian college in Illinois. A student spoke out at a campus forum, arguing that Wheaton was unfair and unrealistic to expect all students to restrict sexual relations to heterosexual marriage, and said that celibacy was not the only sexual ethic that religious people should promote for gay people. When the student was finishing his remarks, another student threw an apple at him. While a subsequent speaker criticized the apple throwing tactic, there wasn't much of a reaction when it happened. Then the student who threw the apple allegedly posted a note on campus in which he defended his actions, and said he threw the apple as "a warning against insulting the spirit of grace."


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