A Christian university has turned down $3 million in funding from a religious group which came on condition of shutting down an LGBT students group.
Samford University, which was founded by Alabama Baptists, rejected the hefty annual donation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
The university has seemingly chosen to support Samford Together, a group in which students can discuss topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, over the Christian group.
The Alabama Baptists had threatened to withdraw its contribution if when considering Samford Together, the university’s authorities “decide not to deny permanent recognition and revoke its provisional status”.
Instead of waiting to see if this threat would be fulfilled, Samford has preemptively rejected the donation.
Samford’s president, Andrew Westmoreland, said in a statement announcing the decision that all students must be respected.
“Our actions at Samford, irrespective of financial considerations, must demonstrate fidelity to God’s truth, abiding compassion and …