Wheaton hit again over its conservative stance

Thursday, March 17, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Wheaton prof Larycia HawkinsHijab-wearing professor Larycia Hawkins is not the only employee to give Wheaton College problems. 

Another former employee has recently taken shots at Wheaton. 

Julie Rodgers, an avowed lesbian, was hired in 2014 to support "sexual minorities" on campus and pledged to be celibate as a condition of employment.

But she resigned less than a year later after Wheaton objected to her blog post that advocated integrating same-sex values with Christian beliefs.

Time magazine published Rodgers' article criticizing the Illinois-based evangelical college, which counts Rev. Billy Graham as an alumnus. 

Cultural analyst Laurie Higgins says Rogers told her story to undermine Wheaton and, more generally, to criticize theological orthodoxy.

"Wheaton showed extraordinary courage when they hired me," Rodgers wrote, claiming that she was hired because of her sexuality but school officials later asked her to hide it.  

It was a mistake for Wheaton to hire Rodgers in the first place, Higgins insists.

"So my hope is alumni and donors will keep their eye on what's going on at Wheaton," she says, "and if they start moving in a wrong direction, withhold money."

After dealing with Hawkins and her controversial views, Higgins says Wheaton is moving in a "good direction." She also praises the college president, Phil Ryken, for doing a good job during difficult times.

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