Students outrage over ‘curing’ course

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Students nationwide have expressed their outrage after a Christian course aiming to ‘cure’ homosexuality piloted at Edinburgh University.

Students at the university began protesting the PURE course after it was discovered to recommend homophobic literature, such as What Some of You Were by Christopher Keane, which details the stories of “ex-gays” who have been “cured” of their homosexuality by the power of Christianity, and how “gay relationships are characterized more by promiscuity than by fidelity.”

Edinburgh students quickly began the protest online at the student social-networking website Facebook. The “Stop PURE” group page states:

“<We are> a Group aimed at gathering all those who are clear minded enough to see that the Christian Union’s PURE course, aimed at “curing” homosexuality, is a derogatory and degrading course, with literature that is insulting and bigoted towards homosexuals and anyone else who doesn’t take the bible literally.”

Group creator Lucy Chambers told the Guardian: “We want to use the group to help make students aware of the issues raised by the presence of this course on our campuses and to encourage them to make a stand. Facebook is a great means to contact lots of students up and down the country in the space of a few minutes.

“We have already set in motion a process whereby our students’ association is investigating the course and it is our hope that we will be able to use the group, or perhaps set up a new one, to affect change nationwide.”

The Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) launched PURE earlier this year. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Britain and follows the controversial American programme, the Silver Ring Thing, where teenagers wear a silver ring to show they intend to remain virgins until they are married.