Josh Ritter Donates Messiah College Money to Charity
Josh Ritter learned the hard way to always do your homework.
The singer-songwriter performed at Pennsylvania’s Messiah College, a private Christian college, before he realized they had an anti-gay policy set for the students.
“Messiah College requires all students to sign a ‘Community Covenant,’ promising to, among other things, ‘avoid such sinful practices as…homosexual behavior….” Ritter wrote on Facebook. “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.”
According to the , Ritter “spoke honestly about my personal views–that we should all have the right to marry freely, no matter our sexual orientation.” He said that everyone was respectful and he hopes they’ll work for a change at the school.
Ritter said he won’t play at Messiah College “until they welcome, in word and deed, all members of their faith regardless of sexuality.” Ritter has also decided to donate the earnings from his performance to The Trevor Project to help LGBT youth.
This isn’t the first time Messiah College has made headlines. In 2011, an openly gay student transferred schools after being harassed by a professor and students about his sexuality.