Monday, April 08, 2013

Students Want Catholic Priest Removed from University

Religious liberty groups are mobilizing to defend the chaplain of George Washington University’s Newman Center after gay students launched an effort to have the priest fired because he preaches against homosexuality and abortion.

“It’s discrimination against Catholics,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. “Secular colleges are fast becoming a very unsafe place for Catholics who hold true to their faith. This is a very, very sad situation.”

Two gay students at George Washington told the GW Hatchet student newspaper that they want Father Greg Shaffer removed from campus over his anti-gay and anti-abortion views.

Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen said they want the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion to investigate the priest and they are calling for the student government association to defund the Newman Center.

They were particularly offended by a blog post the priest wrote calling gay relationships “unnatural and immoral,” the newspaper reported.

A GWU spokesperson disputed reports that an investigation had already been launched. They said they have yet to receive any complaint.

The university released a statement noting that it “strives to embody the spirit of mutual respect and reasoned debate that is essential to our academic mission.”

They declined to answer specific questions about the controversy or the status of Father Shaffer only to say that he is not an employee of the university.

“We are therefore committed to ensuring that all members of our community are free to express their religious beliefs while honoring the right of others to express theirs,” the statement read.

Reilly told Fox News that he found the incident “absolutely disturbing.”

“Chastity outside of marriage has been the Catholic church teaching for more than 2,000 years,” he said. “The only discrimination occurring there is trying to silence a priest for trying to teach the Catholic faith.”

Michael Sheehy, a 1997 GWU graduate, suggested if the gay students felt uncomfortable with the Newman Center’s teachings – perhaps they should go somewhere else.

“No student is forced to attend Catholic Mass and religious programs at the Newman Center, nor condemned for doing so,” Sheehy told Fox News. “The students in this article are certainly free to avoid this campus center, but also have no right to dictate how other students can or should practice their faith.”

This is “diversity gone too far, and disrespectful to freedom of thought, conscience and practice of established religious doctrine,” he added.



Anonymous said...

Something tells me the DM allows comments if an opposite sex couple is accused of molesting children, but since it's a same sex couple, comments are off. There could be "hate speech!"

Anonymous said...

Homosexuals want to force their views onto other people !

Anonymous said...

Two queers can walk in and totally disrupt an entire university and deny a group their Constitutionally protected right to practice their religion, simply because they are "offended"?

Things like this happen because of a highly misguided society that has been FAR too tolerant of the endless and ever-increasing demands of radical gay activists.

Anonymous said...

It's a private school, so the first amendment doesn't apply, but if you look at the latest demands gays are making, they are demanding that gay men be able to donate blood, despite all the evidence from even left wing sources like the huffington post that gay men are getting infected with HIV at record levels due to shunning condom usage. Gay men, 2% of the population, are 61% of all new HIV infections according to the CDC. yet the left is asking us to ignore reality so they can get a feel good moment.

Anonymous said...

1:52 AM Surely donated blood is tested so it doesn't matter where it comes from, and when there is a shortage of sources it's foolish to cut off a potentially large group before even knowing which if any samples may be infected.

Anonymous said...

Better for bigoted (and hypocritical) Catholics to be entirely candid about their irrational prejudices, so nobody is fooled by any PC-evasion. Wolves in sheep's clothing are even more dangerous!

Bird of Paradise said...

Tell those rainbow freaks to GO POUND SAND and JUMP IN A LAKE instead

Anonymous said...

It takes up to 6 months for HIV to show up in blood tests. It takes a MINIMUM of 25 days to show up in a blood test, meaning if you got infected 2 weeks before donating, it won't show up in the testing.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jon, the spam bots are out in force.
Even if it is a private university you can't discriminate against them because of the 1964 Civil Rights act, which protects religious belief in private businesses. I can't tell a Muslim to get out of my sandwich shop because he is Muslim. The same with the University, they can't tell a priest to leave or fire him because he espouses well known Catholic views.

Anonymous said...

Those who do not offer any useful, interesting, pertinent, or thoughtful comments should refrain from intruding to promote their own big egos.

Anonymous said...

4:20 AM But it must be tested whatever the source!

Anonymous said...

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it..." _ George Orwell

Donate all you can to AIDS research. Not to find a cure, but to find a faster way of spreading it.

Anonymous said...

"strives to embody the spirit of mutual respect and reasoned debate that is essential to our academic mission.”

But by wanting this man fired are they not violating this? I guess it's only free speech when you agree with the leftists! Now if this were a muslim I bet no one would dare say a word!

BTW Muslims call for the death of gays (Iran openly executes them) while christians only call it a sin. Gays may want to pick their "friends" a bit more carefully!

Anonymous said...

Gays would be wise to know all their enemies - the bigots of the Book (the Abrahamic religions, whose "holy" scriptures call for the death of gays, not least in the Bible, and it's only secular law that prevents them carrying out such murders in Western democracies that have given up killing witches, adulterers and gays, etc., as well as owning slaves, etc., etc.