This is the last post of the year. We'll be back in January.
What an interesting semester.
When it started, we didn't expect all the attention TGA would receive. We figured we would post once or twice a week, promote some discussions, and that would be it.
Instead, perhaps because the campus left has not been challenged in a long time and mistakenly thought they were entitled to a strangle-hold on discourse, we became the subject of much controversy and discussion.
There were, for example, four different op-eds in Georgetown’s unethical student newspaper, The Hoya, all of which condemned TGA. We were also mentioned in The Voice a couple times where there was a feature story likely inspired by us (or this post), and which used many of the ideas we've repeatedly talked about, in addition to some of the links we've put up in various pieces on our blog. We discuss it here.
There was also a campus meeting about TGA at the Black House . . .
And talk of a resolution about TGA with the Philodemic Society . . .
And there were, of course, numerous conversations about us throughout campus, including within administrative offices and Wolfington Hall.
The first post to catch everyone's attention was entitled: "Wild Gay Sex at Georgetown."
Interestingly enough, it wasn't our idea.
Someone sent us a link to an article by the Cardinal Newman Society, and it became the spark that inflamed the campus left and got everyone talking (and reading).
We followed that up with our critique of H*yas for Abortion, which led to more wailing and gnashing of teeth and a response published in The Voice.
Then we published a post on transgender issues at Georgetown, which was a direct response to someone calling us out in Georgetown's unethical student newspaper, The Hoya, for not drinking the transgender Kool-Aid.
Next, our predecessors were accused in an op-ed column of fomenting a climate in which a "rash of hate crimes," occurred after the Spring 2001 publication run. We guess this was meant to tie us to any past (and future) hate crimes at Georgetown so that everyone would think we're no good, very bad, horrible people.
But when we started combing through the archives of Georgetown's unethical student newspaper, The Hoya, we found a piece written by their own Chairman of the Board in Fall 2004, which shows, citing a GUPD report, that no hate crimes occurred at Georgetown between 2001 and 2004.
By the way, we called for an apology and retraction, but Georgetown's unethical student newspaper, The Hoya, didn't respond, so that's why we keep referring to them as "Georgetown's unethical student newspaper, The Hoya."
Of course, the way they slant articles and distort the truth to fit the liberal agenda of their editors and writers while claiming to be an unbiased news source is also unethical, but that's par for the course in mainstream journalism nowadays and we all expect and know to read Hoya articles with the understanding that on controversial issues they will distort the truth and make them favorable to the liberal side, as they did with this heavily biased, pro-H*yas for Abortion "news" piece on the O'Connor Conference earlier this year. We're more concerned about the ethical lapse in judgement they have when it comes to accusing people of causing hate crimes that never actually happened.
Other popular posts stimulating discussion on our website, Facebook, and throughout campus, (including more than one comment from a priest at Georgetown), were these:
Then there was this hilarious op-ed, also in Georgetown's unethical student newspaper, The Hoya, by someone who claims to care about free speech, but failed to speak up and defend it when it was under attack last semester on two different occasions that went national (see here and here), and who to our knowledge, has never once actually defended free speech at Georgetown in any meaningful way.
Capping it off was this eight-part series from the Ex corde petition Exorcist author and Academy Award Winner William Peter Blatty sent to Rome asking the Vatican to look into whether or not Georgetown was remaining true to its Catholic mission. The series looks at the history of student efforts in regards to strengthening the University's Catholic identity, as covered in twenty-five years of TGA back issues. We were given it after the previously mentioned attempt to distort TGA's history. In a way, we're glad that attempt was made as without it we would never have received the excerpt, which shines a light on TGA's history and how influential it has been throughout the last quarter century.
So here's the big question as the semester winds down: where do we go from here?
The truth is, when we started this thing, it was only meant to be a one semester experiment.
We began as a reaction to the intellectual thought police who took down Dylan, the hysterical reaction of Georgetown's feminists to a speech by a feminist who in their minds "is not the right kind of feminist," and CSE's attempt at strong-arming the College Republicans.
We were also inspired, in part, by The Hoya's biased coverage of the O'Connor Conference and the insanity surrounding the diversity requirement, which is nothing more than an attempt by professional victims and grievance industry professors to force students into their politicized classrooms since not enough students are willing to freely waste their time taking such courses.
We just wanted to throw a few punches at left-wing absurdity and get people talking, then take a bow and move on, hoping some others might be interested in taking TGA over.
Since we began we have been contacted via email by about two dozen people. Most of these were just to lend moral support or send us some tips and ideas about things to write about. Two wrote in to say how evil and mean we are, but they were significantly outnumbered by the positive emails, even from liberals who are fed up with the more radical among them. A half-dozen have gone ahead and contributed pieces. We're currently working on transitioning TGA over to them.
So it looks like we'll be back, at least for one more semester. After that, it's out of our hands and the core group behind TGA now will just remain as advisors but lack editorial control. How much we publish in the Spring all depends in large part on how much the new crew contributes, since as we transition we're going to focus on other matters.
These include building the archive of back issues we've collected and getting them ready for the website, producing an e-book with the History of TGA series and other important documents, articles, and speeches on Catholic identity at Georgetown, and which will be available for download, increasing the number of topics in our Arguments & Ideas section, and putting together a few more resource pages, such as on Hilltop History, GU Traditions, Georgetown's best courses and professors, and the Greeks.
Since we won't see you again until January, we want to wish everyone a Hanukkah Sameach, a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! And thanks to everyone who has supported this effort. We can't thank you all publicly, but you know who you are, and your help has been of great value to us and is much appreciated.