Singer Josh Ritter protests Messiah College's policy on homosexuals

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2013 2:50 PM

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Josh Ritter

(Grantham) -- Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter says he won't return to play a Cumberland County Christian college unless it changes its policy against "homosexual behavior."

Ritter made the announcement on Facebook hours after playing a concert Friday night at Messiah College in Grantham.

Messiah spokeswoman Beth Lorow says the administration is disappointed that Ritter's speaking in favor of openness and tolerance, but isn't applying those principles to their religious freedoms.

Lorow says Ritter's comments on the topic from the student union stage weren't as harsh as his Facebook posting.

Messiah students and staff have to sign a "community covenant" promising to avoid homosexual behavior, as well as premarital sex.

Ritter says he's donating his fee to an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services.

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