Monday, April 04, 2011

The Warrior Reports on Gay Domestic Partner Benefits at Marquette

In the most recent issue of The Warrior, a good article on Marquette’s decision to offer domestic partner benefits to “partners” of gay and lesbian faculty. Theology Professor William Kurtz was willing to speak out against the policy change:
“In our promotion of diversity and inclusion, we can confuse where a Catholic school teaches and stands for,” he said.

Kurz said that the Church, while it treats gays and lesbians with respect, does not support homosexuality—but that the new policy does.

“Respect first, tolerance yes, but not promotion,” Kurz said.

Kurz, however, said the potential hires most likely to reject Marquette over a lack of partner benefits would “be ideologically opposed to Catholic teaching” and could undermine the university’s religious mission.

“What does it mean to be a Catholic school, if we can’t be Catholic?” he asked.
After quoting a couple of liberal faculty members, the article cites the MUSG senator who sponsored the resolution passed by student government (as summarized by the writer) “saying that it was intended as a ‘step forward’ after the controversy surrounding the retracted O’Brien deanship offer and a part of student government’s larger mission of helping students feel a part of Marquette . . . ‘Inclusivity is a really high priority for MUSG,’” she said.

Apparently, “inclusivity” actually translates as “screw this Catholic stuff, we want to be up to date and trendy.”

How serious MUSG is about real “inclusivity” was shown when MUSG officers participated in a series of secret meetings with lesbian academic/activist Ronnie Sanlo, who came to campus to “advise” Marquette on LGBT issues.

Only student organizations and faculty members sympathetic to the gay agenda were allowed to meet with Sanlo.

Marquette student Joseph Dobbs asked rhetorically in The Warrior, “What makes the LGBT community better than me?”

The answer, of course, was very simple. People who didn’t have the proper politically correct attitudes needed to be excluded. Had they been allowed to speak, they might have complicated things with diverse viewpoints. And that kind of diversity is never welcome on a college campus.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is important to note that the professor you speak of is Fr. William Kurz, Society of Jesus.

Not just your average prof.

Nice to know there are still Jesuits out there who take the Catholic mission of the university seriously and make an accurate evaluation of the meaning of this move, not just a soundbite.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Fr. Kurz. Someone who steps up. The reaction to the dean affair with the domestic partner affair is just that, reactionary, and with very little thought. The offer of a dean position was to someone who had no business being a candidate in the first place. There was nothing in her CV that indicated she had ever applied for extramural funding for her research. Did Marquette actually want a dean of Arts & Sciences that had no experience in extramural funding? The original offer was clearly an outside political agenda tied to the serious matter of of hiring a competent academic dean. Diversity and inclusion have nothing to do with competence. And now the rescinded offer has spawned another aspect of the outside political agenda. Where do the faculty think their raises have been disappearing to? Do students wonder why their tuition goes up more than it probably should? They are paying for outside political agenda nonsense that has very little to do with academics. How much is the rescinded offer costing the university in a payoff? And now they want to start up a benefit package that stands a good chance of becoming abused, and therefore more costly than it should be. The fear of being politicly incorrect is costly indeed.

5:53 PM  

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