Christian College Student President Comes Out ... as Atheist
Eric Fromm: "I don’t have to hide anymore"
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2013 9:36 AM CST

(Newser) – What's worse than coming out as a gay man at a Christian college? Perhaps coming out as a longtime atheist. Student body president Eric Fromm dropped the bombshell on his peers at Oregon's Northwest Christian University last week in the Beacon Bolt student newspaper, as pointed out by Gawker. "I was baptized Lutheran, and raised Methodist, but as time went on I slowly came to the conclusion that God wasn't real," he wrote. He tells the Register-Guard that now, "I don’t have to hide anymore. I know that people accept me for who I am."

Before he came out, however, Fromm says he was verbally attacked and shunned because of rumors that he was a non-believer, often by people confused about his view of Christians. That's part of what spawned his admission. Though he admires Christian morals, "I want to take my peers to task on their inability to accept those who don’t fit their Christian pattern," he wrote. Since coming out, though, he says he's generally been met with support, even from administrators. Some of his peers have even identified with him. "For the past couple years, I thought I was the only one," he says.

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Nov 11, 2013 1:28 PM CST
I grew up Xian and thankfully saved myself from that depraved cult. It is surreal that so many are still brainwashed by the superstitious nonsense of the Bronze age. Thankfully, the number of sheep is dwindling. People are simply becoming too smart to believe magical beings like the "god" portrayed in the Bible. My brain will never allow to believe that garbage ever again. Even if it were true, it's not, I will still choose hell for eternity than spend one day with the genocidal rape commander described in the Bible. Do Xians even read the Bible? It is disgusting. You have a nice house and family. I decide I'm going to kill you, take your house and keep your virgin daughters because "god" commanded me to. We lock people up for thinking like that today, why was it ok back then and why do people justify it today? "God" is the figment of psychotic minds like Abraham and Moses who used it as an excuse and a motivation for ethnic cleansing. Jesus, if he even existed, seems like a nice guy. His followers, not so much!
Nov 10, 2013 11:43 AM CST
I don't understand why this is really an issue. It's not as if he were elected president of the student body because of the conviction of his belief in God. He was elected because he was competent and skilled for the position, was he not? Would it be better that he were a Christian in name only, claiming to up hold values he privately and personally break daily? He did not run for president of the prayer group and competence for a position is not dictated by ones faith.
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Nov 9, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Must be a considerably liberal college. Usually to get admitted to a real religious based university you have to pass a review board. Being an atheist means he lied on the admissions tests and boards. So that would be valid cause for expulsion. Some questions are: 1) Do you believe that Jesus came to Earth to save your soul and that you have asked Christ to come into your heart and you currently believe Christ is the center of your heart and soul? 2) Is the Bible the inerrant word of God as inspired by him. 3) Do you believe that God talks to man sometimes in words that are confusing to everybody except a few people the Holy Spirit has allowed to understand?