Corrected: Catholic university hosts ‘queer week’ to promote equality of sexual ‘expressions’
Correction: The Cardinal Newman Society, which broke this story, has informed LifeSiteNews.com that Xavier University has updated their event page for “Queer Week” to include the year of the event, which was 2009. The original version of the event page did not list the year, so CNS had assumed it was for 2011, which LifeSiteNews had reported. We apologize for the error.
February 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Xavier University, a Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning located in Cincinatti, Ohio, hosted what it calls “Queer Week” from March 30 to April 3 in 2009, according to the university’s website.
The university said that the purpose of the event was to “embrace and celebrate the use of queer as an inclusive, unifying socio-political term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, transsexual, intersexual, gender queer, or anyone else who supports the equality of all identities and expressions.”
Events that were held during “Queer Week” included “Same-Sex Hand Holding Day/Solidarity,” “Distribution of ‘Gay, Fine By Me’ T-Shirts,” a “Queer Awareness Display,” and “Showing of ‘Milk’ with panel discussion.”
The university says that the event was presented by the “Xavier Alliance,” a homosexualist organization that enjoys its own section on the school’s website. The Alliance’s previous campus activities (http://www.xavier.edu/alliance/history.cfm) have included the showing of the documentary, “For the Bible tells me so”, which defends the contention that homosexual behavior is not immoral and that the Bible’s condemnations of sodomy should be reinterpreted.
The Xavier Alliance also lists as one of its accomplishments the distribution of a t-shirt on campus that says “Take pride in…coming out of the closet, coming up in the world, coming off a bad hangover, following your dream, following your heart, bumping into a hottie and landing digits, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights…”
The Xavier Alliance advertises a “Safe Zone” program which “strives to erase homophobia and heterosexism on Xavier University’s campus.” According to the school, “Safe Zone participants also offer a positive and affirmative message about sexual diversity in response to societal homophobia.”
According to the Xavier Alliance, the organization was granted university recognition after pressure was applied by Amnesty International, an international homosexualist organization that has also embraced the pro-abortion position in recent years. The university initially resisted the creation of such a group in the 1990s, and still maintains a policy statement that “draws to the attention of all its members the traditional and wise Catholic moral teaching that properly locates sexual activity within the relationship of a man and a woman united for life through marriage as husband and wife.”
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
100 E. Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: 513 421-3131
Email: [email protected]
President Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J
3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
President’s phone: (513) 745-3502
General phone: (513) 745-3000
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