Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bishop: Diversity Is Fine ...

Unless it conflicts with church dogma.

Following Misericordia University's decision to host a homosexualist speaker, Bishop Martino has called on the school to dissolve the "Diversity Institute" that sponsored the event.

I don't even know where to begin with this class of stupidity. A group that exists on Campus to explore the issues of diversity brings in a speaker from a community that the Roman Catholic church disagrees with, so now they should be disbanded?

So much for the concept of University as a place of intellectual discourse and reasoned investigation.

"The Bishop's rationale is that students should learn respect for all races and cultures, but that viewpoints that are in direct opposition to Catholic teaching should not be presented under the guise of 'diversity.' Doing so within a formal structure sanctioned by the institution gives the impression that these viewpoints are acceptable, or that all morality is relative."

How about a revolutionary idea, Bishop. If the school is truly a university, let it be. If someone wants their worldview blinkered the way you describe, they can attend a seminary.

Frankly, if bringing in a GLBT speaker is that threatening to the Bishop, I think he would benefit from precisely the kind of program that the Diversity Institute represents.

1 comment:

Lori D said...

Hmm, you know I wonder if they invited Jesus to speak if they would vote to ban him as well? Why not? The Pharisees did. If the shoe fits...