2017-OCT: District of Columbia:
"Love Saxa," a University student
is referred to as hateful
District of Columbia: Student group at Georgetown University is targeted as a hate group:
Georgetown is the oldest Catholic university in the U.S. One of its student groups, Love Saxa, upholds the traditional teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that marriage is restricted only to one woman and one man. On SEP-06, the group's president, Amelia Irvine, 20, wrote an op-ed titled "Confessions of a College Virgin," for the student newspaper, The Hoya, saying:
"Love Saxa’s definition of marriage does not include same-sex couples, as we believe that marriage is a conjugal union on every level -- emotional, spiritual, physical and mental -- directed toward caring for biological children. To us, marriage is much more than commitment of love between two consenting adults."
Her definition would seem to exclude same-sex couples and infertile opposite-sex couples from marriage, at least at the current level of reproductive technology.
However, university rules require student groups to be free of hatred and intolerance in order to be recognized at Georgetown. The student newspaper, The Hoya, published an editorial titled "Defund Intolerance." It attacked the policies of Love Saxa, saying that the group:
"... does not deserve the benefit of university recognition. ... [The group's] mission advocates against equal rights for the LGBTQ community, ... ;[and] fosters intolerance. ... Love Saxa’s advocacy of denying individuals’ rights on the basis of their sexual orientations is inherently intolerant. The club is antithetical to what a university club should be, and it should be ineligible for any university benefits."
"The Student Organization Standards clearly state that student groups that 'foster hatred or intolerance' are not eligible to receive the benefits of university recognition. If SAC seeks to uphold these standards, it must vote to defund Love Saxa." 1,2,3
Ms. Irvine issued a statement, saying:
"Love Saxa exists to promote healthy and loving relationships at Georgetown. Our definition of 'healthy relationships' and 'sexual integrity' is synonymous with those of the Catholic Church, and therefore those of Georgetown University. If the Hoya wishes to call Love Saxa a hate group, we anticipate that it will not be long until other traditional religious groups are labeled 'hate groups' as well'."1
The university issued a statement, saying:
"We strongly support a climate that continues to provide students with new and deeper contexts for engaging with our Catholic tradition and identity. Love Saxa is one of many groups operating on campus with positions that affirm the teachings of the Catholic Church. We also support a climate that is welcoming to all students and supporting of our LGBT communities. ... As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Georgetown listens deeply and discerningly to the plurality of voices that exist among our students, faculty, and staff and is committed to the care of each member of our community.
As the students on the Student Activities Commission review the complaint regarding Saxa formally submitted by individual students on OCT-22, we encourage all students to follow our community commitment to open dialogue and mutual respect." 1,3
Ms. Irvine responded with a comment:
"If we cannot safely advocate for beliefs synonymous with Catholic social teaching, then no group at Georgetown can be certain of its security."1
A hearing has been scheduled for OCT-30.
More developments are expected when Halloween rolls around.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Caleb Parke, "Georgetown student group targeted as 'hate group' for Catholic beliefs, could be sanctioned," Fox News, 2017-OCT-24, at: http://www.foxnews.com/
- Neal Augenstein, "Marriage fuels debate, accusations on Georgetown campus," WTOP, 2017-OCT-25.
- Aaron Colen, "A student group at a Catholic university is under fire for affirming traditional marriage," The Blaze, 2017-OCT-25, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on
Original posting: 2016-OCT-26
Author: B.A. Robinson