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posted 31 October 2005 06:11 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
(Spokane) Spokane's Gonzaga University, which has rejected recent attempts to bring a Planned Parenthood speaker and "The Vagina Monologues" to the school, is under fire for the campus appearance of a conservative who contends homosexuality is a matter of choice.

The College Republicans brought in Dr. John Diggs for a lecture titled "The Medical Effects of Homo-Sex." Some students criticized the lecture in the student newspaper, the Bulletin, as anti-gay and promoting stereotypes. Diggs' appearance Tuesday was intended to foster open debate and inquiry, said Daniel Brutocao, president of the Gonzaga chapter of College Republicans.

The speaker focused on homosexual promiscuity and asserted that "homosexuality is the result of a bad relationship with one's same-sex parent," said Rod Aminian, president of the gay and lesbian campus organization, Helping Educate Regarding Orientation, in an e-mail message. Aminian's group had encouraged attendance and debate about the lecture Ð and he said he supported the university's handling of Diggs' appearance, which included limited publicity.

But in a letter to the Bulletin, he criticized the lecture and labeled Diggs "an ideologue of vulgar proportions."

Brutocao acknowledged that the university sought to limit publicity about the event.

"The university did not want us to advertise because it was a controversial topic, but they permitted us to bring the speaker to campus," he told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "We acceded to their wishes in this matter."

The newspaper was unable to reach the Rev. Robert Spitzer, Gonzaga's president, for comment on the report published Saturday.

In 2000 and 2001, Spitzer barred a Planned Parenthood speaker and an on-campus performance of "The Vagina Monologues," an all-woman play made up of monologues about sex, masturbation and lesbianism.

Critics said the decisions undercut academic freedom. Spitzer said a Catholic university could not appear to endorse ideas that challenge church opposition to abortion, birth control and homosexuality.

"...ideas that challenge church opposition to abortion, birth control and homosexuality"

So in other words, as long as it's denying women control of their own bodies or homophobic, it's all well and good. Nice to see an area where the Republicans and the Catholic heirarchy can get along so well...

edited to add: But why wouldn't they want to advertise the event? Aren't they proud of their bigotry?

[ 31 October 2005: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]

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