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Statement has faculty fleeing

More than two dozen faculty members resigned from Shorter University, a Baptist school in Rome, Ga., after it required them to sign a "personal lifestyle statement" that condemns homosexuality, premarital sex and public drinking.

An online campaign called "Save Our Shorter" says the lifestyle pledge was adopted in fall 2011 along with a statement of faith.

On May 18, Donald Dowless, president of Shorter, confirmed that 36 faculty had resigned and at least 25 cited disagreement with either the personal lifestyle statement or the faith statement.


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