June 2018 – In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard University Office of Student Life has disciplined a Christian student group, Harvard College Faith and Action, with a one-year probation. HCFA will then have to prove compliance with Harvard’s nondiscrimination policies before its probation is lifted.
The disciplinary action occurred after an HCFA leader was asked to relinquish her position due to her same-sex romantic relationship.
Despite Harvard’s sanction, the Christian group contends that no sexual discrimination took place. Instead, the leader simply would not agree to HCFA standards which mandate every leader refrain from having premarital sex.
According to the group’s theological views, celibacy is the only option outside the bounds of marriage for any professing Christian in leadership.
“Ironically, Harvard was named to honor the late pastor John Harvard,” observed AFA VP Ed Vitagliano. “One of its early mottos was ‘Truth for Christ and the Church.’”