Okay, we confess. The headline is just for clicks.
It's national LGBTQ History Month. It's also national Respect Life Month.
Do you even need to guess which one Georgetown's administration is celebrating?
For the 11th year in a row, Georgetown is holding a series of activities throughout October and part of November to celebrate LGBTQ History Month. As noted in The Hoya, this year special emphasis is being placed on men obsessed with dressing up like or becoming women, and women who are obsessed with dressing up like or becoming men.
By our count, 31 different campus offices, departments, programs, and clubs, to include the Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Department of Theology, are co-sponsoring events led and organized by Georgetown's LGBTQ Resource Center.
None appear to examine Church teaching on LGBTQ issues. Nor do they counter the harmful fantasies of the transgender community or include views from medical professionals who disagree with those who argue it is entirely normal and perfectly healthy to undergo invasive surgery and slice off fully-functioning body parts you were born with and are absent any malignancies.
You can view the whole schedule for yourself here.
The Cardinal Newman Society has weighed in on the discrepancy between Georgetown putting on a month's worth of events celebrating the LGBTQ lifestyle while completely ignoring the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops's call to celebrate Respect for Life Month.
Catholic bishops in the U.S. have encouraged all Catholics to celebrate Respect Life Month in October, but Georgetown University and other Catholic colleges are instead celebrating lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) lifestyles and identities all month long, showing what one Georgetown pro-life leader called “a complete disregard not only for Catholic doctrine on this campus but also for the human rights issue of abortion.”
“I am very disappointed with Georgetown,” said Georgetown Right to Life president Michael Khan in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. “We celebrate LGBT History Month and so-called ‘OUTober’ [in October] with a variety of events, panels and speakers … but for [recognizing] Respect Life Month [we have] absolutely nothing. No events. No emails. Nothing.”
The Newman Society reached out to Georgetown for comment, but no response was received by time of publication.
We're not surprised The Newman Society didn't get a response. Since August we've been reaching out to multiple Georgetown administrators requesting comment on a variety of issues, from University funds once again going to support H*yas for Choice's pro-abortion activities, to the "diversity" requirement scam, to the feminist hysteria over a speaker the College Republicans brought to campus last semester, which led one administrator to threaten students if they wouldn't get a video of the speech taken down.
The Cardinal Newman Society has more . . .
Khan told the Newman Society that Georgetown’s promotion of LGBTQ lifestyles while ignoring the bishops’ Respect Life Month celebration “speaks to a complete disregard not only for Catholic doctrine on this campus but also for the human rights issue of abortion, even if that may apparently be ‘controversial’ on this campus.”
“I definitely believe [OUTober] conflicts with our school's mission and beliefs, while Respect Life Month would directly align with the values that this so-called Catholic school holds,” he said. “However, all we are asking for at the very least is balance.”
Concerns over Georgetown’s Catholic identity were touched on in a recent editorial in the campus newspaper, The Hoya, which pointed to “Georgetown’s Catholic identity” being a problem for the “LGBTQ community” on campus.
After describing how hundreds of students took part in celebrating Coming Out Day on campus and praising how “Georgetown has made incredible strides” to make campus an “accepting space for all students,” the editorial board lamented that “there are still a number of reasons that LGBTQ students might not take part in the very visible celebration of Coming Out Day.”
The Hoya called for the University administration to “take further steps to ensure that no one will feel that they cannot afford to publicly disclose their identity on campus.”
The article specifically targeted the student group Love Saxa, claiming the group “alienates the LGBTQ population on campus,” due to its support for traditional marriage and family and the recognition of “the harmful effects of a distorted view of human sexuality and the human person.”
As we noted yesterday in our piece on how a gay atheist Jew who died of AIDS was one of the staunchest defenders of Catholic universities in the last quarter century, the current mission of Georgetown appears to be, for all intents and purposes, designed to make non-Catholics and those hostile to Church teaching feel welcome and comfortable, while challenging and making uncomfortable those students who are religious and believe Catholic doctrine is something worth upholding and using as a guide by which to live.
Now let us be clear about a few things because we know various social justice warriors at Georgetown who thrive on being offended are smelling blood in the water and foaming at the mouth to stir up another hate mob like they did to The Voice last semester.
Vincent the Social Justice Warrior
At TGA, we believe in Georgetown providing a welcoming place for all students, regardless of background, and to be specific in this situation, regardless of their sexual orientation. We agree with Catholic Church teaching that those in the LGBTQ community should be treated with respect and justice. We also believe that in a university environment, all manner of ideas, including those we oppose, deserve open and fair discussion.
What we don't agree with is that the University be expected to fund or endorse the promotion of behavior the Catholic Church finds to be inappropriate or disordered. We're talking here about immoral relationships and sinful actions, whether they involve heterosexuals or homosexuals.
There. We're done.
In closing, let us recommend some of our favorite LGBTQ writers. First is the world's most fascinating feminist and gay Catholic pagan, Camille Paglia. The other is Eve Tushnet, a gay Catholic convert who writes for The American Conservative, has published a book on being gay and Catholic, and blogs over at Patheos. Perhaps next year the LGBTQ Resource center might extend an invitation to one of them to speak on campus.
Because diversity of ideas.
And lest we forget, here's the Church's official teaching on homosexuality. There's a lot of misinformation out there, so if you're interested in the issue, we recommend you go straight (straight!) to the source.
Tomorrow we takedown H*yas for Abortion. Be sure to check it out.