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The Balliol ban: Why, as a gay celibate Christian, it affects people like me

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

As both a postgraduate and undergraduate alumnus of Oxford University, it didn’t surprise me to read of Balliol College’s JCR’s motion to ban the Christian Union from its Freshers Fair.

The bad faith and prejudice towards Christians that was expressed through this decision is the sign of a far more problematic culture at Oxford, about which I have decided to speak out.

Balliol College, which boasts foreign secretary Boris Johnson among its alumni, has not responded to requests for comment.Google

The Balliol JCR justified its decision by saying it was to ensure a ‘secular space’. But ‘secular’ should never mean you ban different religious perspectives. Secularism is an ideology that removes the difference of the ‘other’, whether it is the gay celibate Christian like me, or the atheist who defends the right of Christians to express their faith. Secularism in its ascendant form needs to be pulled up for what

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