Tuesday, March 8, 2005

The Thin Rainbow Line (Part I)

Did anyone happen to catch Jason Bent’s Viewpoint in the March 8th, 2005, edition of the Marquette Tribune in which he used, or so it would seem, textual references from the Catechism of the Catholic Church to advocate that a support group for homosexuals should be allowed on campus? Coincidently I had just completed an English 002 essay in which I talked about Douglas Brinkley’s Tour of Duty and how the information that he had chosen to leave out of the final publication would have given a far different impression of Senator John Kerry’s Vietnam service then he, referring to both Brinkley and Kerry, would have wanted to give his audience. In any event, when it come to articles with references, be it a historical biography or an editorial of some kind, it is not what is included that matters most but rather what is left out. Bent uses Catechism No. 2358 which states [Note that the following text in bold is what appears in his Viewpoint article]:

“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition

What did Mr. Bent happen to leave out his article? It was the beginning of the entry in which it presents, as it was though back in the time it was originally written, homosexuality as though it were not a simple matter of choice, either to engage in homosexual activities or not, but instead as a mental disorder someone is born with. This is the sort of hippie-dippy thinking I would come to expect from the Oprah show or the occult members that follow it [seriously, the way she controls what people read and watch should be outlawed in this country] but not from such an outstanding college campus as Marquette University where students ought to know better then that.

There has been no scientific evidence whatsoever as far as I have seen that would suggest that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Furthermore, there was never any evidence ever to suggest a thing. Yes, several years ago a group of scientists considered testing the theory of whether homosexuality was a mental disorder or not but nothing came about of the concept. The homosexual advocate groups, without reason or serious thought, immediately jumped on the concept in order to promote their immoral lifestyle and prevent, or at least subdue, the onslaught of ‘homophobic prejudice’ from the religious right by presenting their ‘lifestyle’ as an instinct embedded in their brains, a reflex if you will. Guess what? Apparently no one truly believed the idea as far as I can tell. Even the vast majority of the homosexuality ‘community’ itself refused to believe that their ‘way of life’ was merely a mental disorder. Would you? Honestly, why would homosexuals ever logically support such a thesis? Yes, it could potentially help reduce the possibility of prejudice from the rest of society, even that would be a stretch, but truly would you, if you happened to be a homosexual, feel all that comfortable with your particular ‘lifestyle’ if it turned out to be nothing but a brain disorder?

The inclusion of the words “unjust discrimination” in the use of this specific citation is a clear misrepresentation of what is or is not a form of discrimination of a specific group of people. Beating someone up, either physically or verbally, in which mental stability is affected, would fall under the category of discrimination, especially if the act of violence or death is suggested, but objecting to a particular group or event that does not fall in line with your religious values is hardly worthy of the term of discrimination. Seriously, the College Republicans on this campus have more right to using that term given the university’s actions toward the group’s now infamous “Adopt a Sniper” campaign, as well as a few other events along with that, then advocates of this support group do.

Neither I nor anyone else from the Marquette University College Republicans has ever advocated the practice of beating up or eliminating homosexuals from campus, referring to the misrepresented account of the Matthew Shepard beating and death years ago, or anywhere else within this country. What we have requested is that the university, a private education facility, falls in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, particularly on the issues of abortion and homosexuality.

Why would it make sense to waste tuition money, coming straight from our pockets [not cheaply mind you], on a particular program catered to helping support homosexuals in their ‘struggle’ with their specific sexual ‘tendencies’ [personally, you want to hear about a true struggle, try contacting anyone formerly addicted to either heroin or cocaine and not getting over homosexuality], when other branches of the university, either the university’s gay and lesbian organization [why this was ever allowed in the first place is beyond me] or MUSG, are allocating funds toward events such as “National Coming Out Week”, which, at least from where I stand, advocates the practice of homosexuality, going so far as to suggest that homosexuals should be ‘proud’ of their sinful behavior. Does that sound like an event that would be sponsored by an organization(s) or college university that was looking to create a support group for ‘recovering’ homosexuals? Hell no!