HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Director of "Milk" Dustin Lance Black is in West Michigan andsome Hope College students want him to speak at a large-scaleforum. But some administrators have said no.
"Milk" is the biopic of slain gay politician Harvey Milk. Blackis intown to direct another film, "What's wrong with Virginia?"
He is more than welcome to speak in a classroom lecture setting,where more dialogue and learning could take place, Hope Collegerepresentatives say. But a large-scale forum is a differentstory.
"It's going to be a circus where people are going to be hurt,and for me in my role as dean, I'm concerned for all students,"said Richard Frost, the Hope dean of students.
A few weeks ago, Hope students held a rally on gay rights. Theysay it got heated. But regardless, many students said they wouldlike to hear Black speak at a forum.
"More of us want to talk about it ... probably a good number oncampus," said Robin Baker, a senior.
Gay rights also are an issue at Calvin College. Faculty membersreceived a memo banning them from speaking against ChristianReformed teachings on homosexuality.
The church supports members' sexual orientation but says thepractice of homosexuality is sinful. Professors always aresensitive about academic freedom, but some say this goes beyondthat.
"There is a range of views but I would say the faculty is prettyunanimous on the fact that the process was badly handled in thatthe board probably should not have unilaterally decided on a policythat seemed to be new applying to all the faculty," said KarinMaag, of the Calvin Faculty Senate.
On Monday night, the Calvin College board said the memo was notan attempt to change school policy and it regrets any confusion. Itplans to revise the May statement and meet with staff, gayactivists and possibly the church synod to work out schoolpolicy.
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