Debates are churning after a Florida faculty abruptly canceled an look by a distinguished singing group resulting from at the least one member’s sexuality.

The King’s Singers are a extremely regarded British a cappella ensemble with greater than 50 years of historical past. The all-male group performs a variety of songs, together with pop music, classical preparations and sacred music.

The group says a February 11 live performance at Pensacola Christian School was canceled with “two hours’ discover” due to “‘considerations’ in regards to the ‘way of life’ of members of our group.”

“It has turn into clear to us, from a flood of correspondence from college students and members of the general public, that these considerations associated to the sexuality of members of our group,” a press release from the group, shared on social media, reads.

Pensacola Christian School, a non-public impartial Baptist establishment, launched a press release with their reasoning.


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“PCC canceled a live performance with The King’s Singers upon studying that one of many artists brazenly maintained a way of life that contradicts Scripture,” the assertion reads.

A bit referring to sexuality within the college’s articles of religion notes: “We consider that God has commanded that sexual exercise be solely reserved to a person and a lady who’re legally married to one another.” It goes on to say that scripture forbids “sexual immorality together with adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography.”

The faculty additionally mentioned the artists had been “handled with dignity and respect when knowledgeable of the cancellation.”

The King’s Singers mentioned they’ve carried out on the faculty earlier than.

The controversy has resonated each throughout the small liberal arts faculty and past. Followers and supporters of the group questioned PCC’s reasoning, mentioning the school’s performances lately of works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Francis Poulenc, two classical music titans broadly recognized to have had male romantic pursuits.

Supporters of the school counseled the establishment’s dedication to its interpretation of the Bible, which it calls “the inspiration for our sincerely held beliefs.”

On the PCC campus, the incident continues to be recent on college students’ minds. One scholar advised WEAR Information there have been “arguments and mini protests” within the days since.

“I perceive the school and their views,” the scholar mentioned. “And I believe they consider they made the very best resolution for the school. However I simply don’t assume it was morally proper.”

CNN has reached out to each The King’s Singers and Pensacola Christian School for additional remark.

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