Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter took to his Facebook page to stand up for equality and gay rights. He commented on Messiah College’s anti-equality “Community Covenant” saying that it was unacceptable.
“This policy, which I see as exclusionary and bigoted, could not run more counter to my personal beliefs. If I had done my homework, and read about Messiah’s policies ahead of time, I would never have agreed to play there,” he wrote.
Messiah College’s Community Covenant – every student is required to sign in order to attend – states, “We are to avoid such sinful practices as drunkenness, stealing, dishonesty, profanity, occult practices, sexual intercourse outside of marriage, homo-sexual behavior, and sexually exploitive or abusive behavior.”
Last Friday, Ritter performed at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. According to Ritter’s official Facebook page he, “chose to use the opportunity to talk to the students – to encourage them to seek openness and change. I spoke honestly about my personal views – that we should all have the right to love – and to marry freely, no matter what our sexual orientation.”
Ritter said that he would not be returning to Messiah college until the college changes its policies.
“I won’t play Messiah College again – not until they welcome, in word and deed, all members of their faith regardless of sexuality, and I urge my fellow musicians to do the same,” said Ritter.