Last week, Emory University's Candler School of Theology honored anti-gay minister Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, head of World Evangelism for the World Methodist Council, with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Controversy surrounded the decision because of Fox's anti-gay stances within the United Methodist Church and plenty of students and faculty joined a chorus of displeasure with the decision.
Holding signs that stated, "Don't honor exclusion," "No Awards for Homophobia" and "Fox is not fantastic," dozen of students, alumni and allies gathered at the "Rally for an Inclusive Emory" at the building where the awards luncheon was held on Sept. 27. Check out some of the action captured on video:
Emory University's Candler School of Theology is well-known for being accepting of LGBT students and faculty. But plans by the renowned theology school to recognize a well-known United Methodist Church reverend who helped organize an effort to ensure the UMC keep its longstanding stance that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" has school administrators on the defensive.
Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, head of World Evangelism for the World Methodist Council, is set to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. That news rankled many students and led to a 2.5 hour meeting on Sept. 13 between Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics in the Candler School of Theology; other faculty and members of Sacred Worth, a student government organization.