Bienen senior Austin Siebert went to a Catholic high school which, according to him, said gays didn’t exist.
He faced an even more hostile situation when first attending college, when his roommate threatened him with physical abuse and his roommate’s girlfriend told him he would die of AIDS and go to hell, he said. Siebert said he has found a much less hostile environment since transferring to Northwestern from American University and joining the University Christian Ministry.
“Those weren’t real Christians,” Siebert said of his harassers. “These are. The people at the UCM sexuality.”
UCM’s event emphasized analytical readings of the Old Testament’s “clobber passages,” or passages usually referenced when condemning homosexuality. Jablonski supplemented these with other analytical readings. The group addressed a passage that described God’s creation of humankind as the creation of a man and a woman, an excerpt that spoke of homosexual rape and a section that condemned a man who lies with another man as someone who has committed an abomination and should, therefore, be put to death.
“It’s an incredibly hard book to read,” Siebert said. “I thought I knew the stories, but I had heard very warped