This has got to be one of the most bald-faced instances of anti-Christian activity on the part of a college administration I have ever seen. Savannah State University has expelled a Christian group called “Commissioned II Love” from its campus, for harassment and hazing.
Harassment and hazing are serious charges. Just what did this group do? Apparently “its members shared their faith with other students.” But the hazing part is the best: the group’s leaders washed the feet of new members during a worship service, in imitation of Jesus at the Last Supper.
The university took the position that foot washing was “an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health of a student, regardless of the student’s willingness to participate in such activity.”
It started in March of last year when a student named Desi Campbell circulated a petition to ban the group. He accused them of “cult-like” actions such as baptisms and foot-washing. Another student, Xavier Coombs, seems to have turned on the group after first joining, and then himself washing the feet of new members. He claims they “called him names” (like, uh, sinner?) and told him he needed to be saved. Sounds to me like they were looking out for his best interests . . .
The group was initially just “suspended” but this was upped to an “expulsion” when some of its members went to Walt Disney World for a weekend concert. The trip was not group-organized, and was not held on the Savannah campus, yet the university cracked down on them for this. At one point prior to this, Randy Gunter, vice president for student affairs, even called the campus police to stop some of them from praying on campus.
Try to find a campus administrator anywhere in the United States who will call the police to shut down people preaching hatred of their own university. They don’t exist. But Christian groups are fair game, at least in Savannah.
If this is not pure madness . . . what am I saying. I read stuff like this every single day. This was just a little more crack-brained than most of it. I am curious if Coombs and Campbell are gay or Muslim or members of some other special interest group the university is anxious to appease.