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Protests Continue Over Christian University's Firing of Gay Soccer Coach

Belmont Protest

Students and community members protest Belmont University's treatment of lesbian soccer coach.

The controversy surrounding Belmont University's 'firing' of a lesbian soccer coach continues.

Lisa Howe had coached the Christian university's women's soccer team for the past six years, leading the team to its first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.  Popular with the students, Howe's trouble began when she told her team that she and her partner were expecting a baby.  Belmont said that Howe's morals and values conflicted with those of the school.

As to whether or not she was actually fired, a confusing joint statement between the college and Ms. Howe indicated that she didn't resign but was not fired, either.

The controversy is impacting the largest ongoing project in the city. The Curb College of Entertainment and the chairman of the convention center authority wrote a letter to Belmont University to reinstate Ms. Howe.

A concerned citizen named John Ray Clemmons believes that gay people should be discriminated against, saying that the convention center authority chairman should resign because "Mr. Dickens' misguided interpretation of equality is a threat to this city."

Yesterday, students held a 3-hour protest. Music, hot chocolate and treats were served. Community members joined the student protest.

Belmont University President Bob Fisher made his first public statement, claiming that the university did not discriminate and claiming that there are many gay and lesbian students.

Winter break is days away and some are hoping that the controversy will just go away, according to the AP.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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