in Florida, with the knowledge that it was a ‘fundamentalist’ institution.‘We were deeply saddened that our concert at Pensacola Christian College was cancelled at two hours’ notice on Saturday February 11th,’ the statement read.‘The school gave its reasons for cancellation as “concerns” expressed about the “lifestyle” of members of our group.‘It has become clear to us, from a flood of correspondence from students and members of the public, that these concerns related to the sexuality of members of our group.’The statement added: ‘We have performed at Pensacola Christian College before and we entered into the engagement in the knowledge that this is a fundamentalist Christian institution.‘Our belief is that music can build a common language that allows people with different views and perspectives to come together.‘This is the first time that anything other than bad weather, the pandemic or war has caused a concert cancellation in our 55-year history.‘We are disappointed not to have been able to share our music and our mission of finding harmony with over 4000 students of the college and the wider Pensacola community.’The group added it hoped that further conversation would encourage ‘a greater sense of love, acceptance and inclusion’.When contacted for comment, Pensacola Christian College declared itself ‘a religious liberal arts institution founded upon and guided by the Bible, as reflected in our Articles of Faith.’‘The college cannot knowingly give an implied or direct endorsement of anything that violates the Holy Scripture, the foundation for our sincerely held beliefs,’ it told Metro.co.uk.‘At the same time, the college also recognises everyone is created in the image of God and should be afforded the dignity of
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