Wait, Now You Can Get Kicked Out of College for Watching Glee?

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Conservative Christian Bob Jones University is not a place for mincing namby pamby liberals with a dancing, prancing agenda. As such, students at the school are expected to adhere to a strict code of conduct and keep their minds unpolluted by the filth of pop culture sin, and if they don't keep up with the school's rules, students can be kicked out for "insubordination." One student learned this the hard way after a fateful viewing of an episode of popular shark-jumping show Glee.

Twenty-three-year-old Chris Peterman was just weeks from graduation when he was kicked out of the South Carolina school for disrespecting authority. His expulsion came on the heels of several behavioral "demerits" that he says were the result of a personal vendetta the school had against him after he started a group aimed at ending sexual abuse. The final straw, he claims, was when another student caught him watching an episode of Glee in an off-campus Starbucks.

Here's the rub: Bob Jones University asks its students to agree to adhere to a strict code of conduct. Among the school's behavior requirements: a businessy dress code (because going to Bob Jones University isn't square enough on its own), adherence to biblical teachings (no word on whether or not they stone rape victims who didn't yell loud enough), strict punctuality, and clean mental livin'. That means no TV on campus and that even when they're off campus, according to the handbook, "Students are to avoid any types of entertainment that could be considered immodest or that contain profanity, scatological realism, sexual perversion, erotic realism, lurid violence, occultism and false philosophical or religious assumptions." "Sexual perversion" is fundamentalist talk for "gayness." And Glee is effervescent with gayness.


Following Peterman's Glee bust, school officials issued him his final demerit, and he was kicked off campus. Peterman's hurt; he just wanted to go to college and enjoy some Darren Criss makeout scenes while loving Christ in a totally non-gay manner. But he's lucky that his punishment wasn't more severe— in 1998, the school declared that it would arrest any homo secksh yule graduates who set foot on campus.

Ironic for a school whose initials are "BJU."


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Yes, it's ridiculous, but when you choose to follow an extremely strict code of behavior (no matter how asinine) and then don't follow it, there will be consequences. For instance, in the US military, you can be tried in a court of law for infidelity to your spouse.

Mr. Peterman chose to go to Bob Jones University. If he had poor grades, there's always community college or the lesser state schools. (Both of which I've attended.) And Glee does promote homosexuality (as well it should!), and Mr. P watched Glee, knowing he was on thin ice with the administration. Let's just hope those credits transfer.