Traditional Marriage Group Accused of Hate Speech…on Catholic Campus
A student group at Georgetown University was forced to appear before a Student Activities Commission hearing last week after two LGBT activists complained that their were promoting hostility towards gay people with their support of traditional marriage. This is the kind of nonsense one might expect from a public school, but it is worth noting that Georgetown is a private, Catholic university that presumably continues to support official Church doctrine – which includes the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
The Christian group, which is called Love Saxa, defended its right to exist after two students – Justin Gasman and Jasmin Ouseph – claimed that the group was “fostering hated or intolerance of others” by promoting a traditional view of marriage and sexuality. Thankfully sanity prevailed at Thursday’s hearing and the SAC determined that no sanctions would be brought against Love Saxa. Unfortunately, that determination does not necessarily close the matter, which can and likely will still be reviewed by the Georgetown administration.
The original complaint against the group was filed in September after Amelia Irvine, the president of Love Saxa, wrote an open-ed in the student paper outlining the group’s beliefs. “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,” Irvine wrote. “To us, marriage is much more than commitment of love between two consenting adults.”
Love Saxa’s definition of marriage is not far removed from official Catholic doctrine, so it’s difficult to understand why or how it could be considered controversial by Georgetown standards. Nonetheless, the complaint was filed and taken seriously by administrators, posing a threat, Love Saxa’s attorneys believe, to freedom of religion on campus. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Casey Mattox of the Alliance Defending Freedom, said that while he was gratified by the decision of the SAC, the hearings should have never been held to begin with.
“I think what’s happening here is this is punishment by process,” Mattox said. “This complaint came to Georgetown and Georgetown permitted these students to be put through for several weeks of this attempt to silence them on campus because of what they believe. And that’s ultimately the fault of Georgetown.”
Mattox went on to say that the ramifications of these sorts of processes went far beyond the limited scope of the Georgetown dispute.
“For all of us, this is our future,” he told The Daily Caller. “Today’s students are going to be tomorrow’s judges, and legislators, and voters. So it’s critically important that they understand how to function in a world where people disagree with you and have different views. And if that’s not happening on college campuses then we’re in trouble – the rest of us are in trouble going forward.”