The website of Knox College, a small Illinois liberal arts college, boasts over one hundred student organizations from which students can choose in order to find people who share their values and interests.

But it might have one fewer, if junior Ashley Kerley gets her way.  When she read InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 20-page document called “Theology on Human Sexuality” she was dismayed that it stated Christians should love “same-sex-attracted people” but also “Scripture is very clear that God’s intention for sexual expression is to be between a husband and wife in marriage.”

Kerley, president of Common Ground, an LGBTQ+ organization on campus, is trying to force this group to separate from its national organization or be defunded on campus. Apparently, she doesn’t believe both groups can remain peacefully on campus together, no matter how many cars in the Knox parking lot have the “coexist” bumper sticker.  However, she claims she doesn’t want to take anyone’s religious freedom away.

“I think there should be a Christian organization,”” she told the student newspaper, but she doesn’t want one that is “affiliated with this national organization that oppresses the LGBT community.”  Of course, the group doesn’t “oppress” anyone, but Kerley is under the erroneous impression that if a group doesn’t agree with all of her life choices that she gets to throw around such poisonous words and veto others’ basic rights.  In other words, she is fine with traditional Christian groups as long as they do not espouse traditional Christian beliefs.   How magnanimous of her.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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